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Archives for October 2007

DFAT Organisational Chart – 2007

This is the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade organisational chart.

It is correct to October 2007. [Read more…]

Over 13.6 Million Australians Enrolled To Vote In 2007 Election

The Australian Electoral Commission has released figures showing that 13,645,073 Australians are enrolled to vote in this year’s federal election.

The 2007 figure compares with 13,021,230 who were enrolled at the close of rolls for the 2004 federal election, an increase of 623,843.

The table below shows a breakdown of the close of rolls figures by State/Territory and age.

State/Territory Age Close of Rolls Statistics for Federal Election 2007
18* 71,499 50,398 37,123 19,840 15,655 5,569 4,060 1,501 205,645
19 72,342 55,941 40,991 21,195 16,060 5,616 4,453 1,634 218,232
20-24 353,004 280,373 219,691 112,334 83,832 27,368 23,765 11,623 1,111,990
25-29 346,171 273,148 211,077 106,031 77,336 24,037 23,848 13,080 1,074,728
30-34 375,004 293,846 221,465 108,846 81,125 25,416 22,983 13,678 1,142,363
35-39 421,379 335,912 249,329 125,134 95,173 30,690 24,291 14,511 1,296,419
40-44 412,916 321,956 243,300 123,685 96,769 30,856 22,582 13,011 1,265,075
45-49 440,747 334,215 257,823 131,339 105,459 35,206 23,293 12,660 1,340,742
50-54 409,343 309,548 239,266 125,662 100,018 33,394 21,675 11,473 1,250,379
55-59 381,156 287,953 228,629 116,202 95,372 32,174 20,250 9,433 1,171,169
60-64 333,667 247,883 198,662 95,300 83,732 28,423 15,699 6,490 1,009,856
65-69 252,547 188,359 145,330 70,921 62,066 21,484 10,335 4,047 755,089
70+ 625,561 462,564 319,614 156,453 163,371 49,555 21,508 4,760 1,803,386
TOTAL 4,495,336 3,442,096 2,612,300 1,312,942 1,075,968 349,788 238,742 117,901 13,645,073

* includes 15,646 enrolled 17 year olds who will turn 18 by election day.

Source: Australian Electoral Commission

MPs Retiring At The 2007 Federal Election

There are House of Representatives MPs retiring at this year’s election. [Read more…]

Howard And Costello Offer Tax Cuts Package

On the first full day of the 2007 election campaign, the coalition has announced a tax package offering income tax reductions across the board.

A re-elected coalition government is proposing to reduce the number of tax brackets to four over a five-year period: 15, 30, 35 and 40 cents in the dollar. It proposes raising the tax-free threshold to $14,000 next year.

The tax cuts are worth more than $34 billion.

The aim of the restructure is to arrive at a tax-free threshold of $20,000 with the top marginal rate set at 40 cents. [Read more…]

2007 Federal Election Timetable

This is the official timetable of key dates for the 2007 Federal Election. [Read more…]

“Australia’s Choice”: Howard Attempts To Frame The Election

Hours after announcing the November 24 federal election, Prime Minister John Howard has set the terms of the contest as the coalition sees it.

Howard argues that Australia requires the “right leadership”, a direct swipe at the ALP’s slogan, “New Leadership”.

He has stressed the need for experience to maintain the economic prosperity and national security of the nation.

The coalition is also campaigning on what it calls the ALP’s inexperience and domination by trade unions.

Howard warns against the lack of “balance” in “wall-to-wall” Labor governments in Federal, State and Territory parliaments.

This is the text of a statement by the Prime Minister, John Howard, circulated via email by the Liberal Party.


Today the Governor-General has accepted my advice for an election to be held on Saturday 24 November.

This election is about Australia’s future. It’s about the leadership Australia needs right now to stay strong, prosperous and secure.

Australia has come a long way in the last decade based on the hard work of all Australians and the tough decisions of the Coalition. Now we must make Australia even stronger.

This will not happen automatically. It will happen not through new leadership or old leadership. It requires the right leadership.

The right leadership is the team that knows how to do the job. The right leadership has the experience to further expand Australia’s prosperity and to ensure that everyone gets a fair share of it.

The right leadership is prepared to take unpopular decisions in the short term that will benefit the Australian community in the long term.

The right leadership is a group of men and women who will govern for all Australians and who will not be beholden to a narrow section of the Australian community.

The right leadership will tell the Australian people where it stands on issues and what it believes in. Love me or loathe me, the Australian people know where I stand and what I believe in.

At this election, the Australian people must decide who is better able to build Australia’s prosperity for the benefit of everyone. They must also decide who is better able to promote our national security and stand up for Australia’s interests abroad.

Is it a government with a proven track record on the economy and national security or is it a group of men and women 70 per cent of whom are former trade union officials?

In the weeks ahead, I will be unveiling detailed plans for Australia’s future. They will be both practical and achievable, underpinned by the Coalition’s record of putting the national interest ahead of sectional interests.

As part of our plan for growth and opportunity I commit today to a goal of full employment. Australia’s unemployment rate today is at a 33-year low. It can go even lower with the right policies.

There is no reason why Australia’s unemployment cannot have a three in front of it. If Labor is elected, its anti-small business policies mean unemployment will rise.

We will unveil policies to lift family living standards and to help sections of the community under pressure. Our plan for stronger communities will deliver better services, more choice and genuine help for Australians in need. It will put more power in the hands of local communities, including by giving communities a greater say in the running of their public hospitals.

In the weeks ahead, I will outline a plan to further reinforce Australia’s national security into the next decade. Our environment policies will tackle in a balanced way the great challenges of climate change and water security.

Our plan for Australia will also give voice to my passionate belief that we are One Australia based on a common citizenship, common loyalty and where all are entitled to equal justice.

The Coalition’s plan for Australia’s future has been carefully put together and builds on the strong decision-making of the last decade. Our plans are fully costed and affordable.

Labor is not ready to govern because it hasn’t done the hard work. Mr Rudd has plans for process; not for action. And his core convictions remain a mystery, both to him and, more importantly, to the Australian people.

If Labor is elected, Mr Rudd’s inexperience and lack of judgment would leave a vacuum at the heart of Australia’s government. That vacuum would be filled by a trade union movement determined to take back the running of the country.

And wall-to-wall Labor would mean no checks and balances in our Federation.

Our $1 trillion economy simply can’t afford it.

Rudd Offers “New Leadership”

Australia is facing “new” and “great” challenges and requires “new leadership”, according to the Opposition Leader, Kevin Rudd.

RuddAddressing a press conference in Brisbane, Rudd warned of a situation where “nothing changes” if the coalition is returned at the November 24 election.

Australia requires someone to say “the buck stops with me”, Rudd said, citing Labor policies on education, health, climate change, industrial relations and foreign affairs as areas requiring new leadership. [Read more…]

Howard Fails Vision For Australia Say Greens

This is the text of a statement released by the leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown.

It follows the Prime Minister’s announcement of the November 24 election.

The Prime Minister’s acceptance that “I take responsibility for everything that happens under my watch” highlights his failures on Iraq, climate change, water security, public hospitals and schools, Indigenous wellbeing, and the plight of 1.2 million pensioners, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

“Howard claims the country needs right leadership when in fact it needs good green leadership.

Failure on global warming, forests, water and public transport means failure on economic vision.

His “balanced approach” has manifestly failed the nation in an age of massive, punishing climate impact on our economy,” Senator Brown said.

“His call for “balance” seems divorced from his unbalanced abuse of the Senate majority. The Greens will provide the balance the Howard years have robbed from Australia,” Senator Brown said.

November 24: Howard Announces Federal Election

12.00pm – Australia is to go to the polls for a federal election on November 24. The announcement of the date has just been made in Canberra by the Prime Minister, John Howard.

  • Listen to Howard’s Election Announcement Press Conference (25m)

Addressing a press conference in Canberra, Howard said “this country does not need new leadership, it does not need old leadership, it needs the right leadership”. [Read more…]

John Howard’s Speech On Reconciliation

  • Listen to John Howard’s Speech on Reconciliation to the Sydney Institute (35m)