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Archives for January 2008

Terrorism, Policing & The Media: Controversial Keelty Speech

The Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Keelty, has made a controversial speech in which he argues for a gag on media coverage of terrorism arrests.

The speech was delivered to the Sydney Institute. [Read more…]


Senator Kennedy Endorses Barack Obama For President

Senator Edward Kennedy has endorsed Barack Obama for this year’s presidential election.

The senior senator from Massachusetts, and the sole surviving brother of John and Robert Kennedy, was accompanied by JFK’s daughter, Caroline, who endorsed Obama in an op-ed piece in the New York Times on the weekend. [Read more…]


Bush Delivers 2008 State Of The Union Address

President George W. Bush has delivered his seventh and final State of the Union Address to a joint session of the United States Congress.

President George W. Bush

  • Listen to President Bush’s final State of the Union Address:

Madam Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

Seven years have passed since I first stood before you at this rostrum. In that time, our country has been tested in ways none of us could have imagined. We have faced hard decisions about peace and war, rising competition in the world economy, and the health and welfare of our citizens. These issues call for vigorous debate, and I think it’s fair to say we’ve answered that call. Yet history will record that amid our differences, we acted with purpose. And together, we showed the world the power and resilience of American self-government. [Read more…]


Brendan Nelson’s Australia Day Address

This is the transcript of Dr. Brendan Nelson’s address to an Australia Day ceremony at Wahroonga Park, Sydney. [Read more…]


The Bulletin Axed After 128 Years

Australian Consolidated Press Magazine today announced that The Bulletin magazine is to close after 128 continuous years of publication. [Read more…]


Rudd Rules Out Beazley As Governor-General

Kim Beazley will not be appointed Governor-General, according to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. [Read more…]


Mitt Romney’s Victory Speech – Michigan Primary

This is Mitt Romney’s victory speech, following his success in the Republican Party’s Michigan primary.

  • Listen to Romney (7m)

Mike Huckabee Concedes In Michigan Primary

The Republican Party primary election in Michigan has been won by Mitt Romney.

  • Listen to Mike Huckabee’s concession speech:

Election Funding Payments: 2007 Federal Election

This table shows the election funding payments made to political parties and candidates following the 2007 federal election.

A candidate or Senate group needs four per cent of the primary vote to be eligible for election funding. The amount is calculated by multiplying the number of votes obtained by the current funding rate.

The funding rate for the 2007 election was 210.027 cents per House of Representatives and Senate vote. The rate is indexed every six months to increases in the Consumer Price Index.

Just over $49 million was distributed to seven parties and 15 independent candidates. [Read more…]