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Archives for September 2008

Gillard Sledges Turnbull At Grand Final Breakfast

A lack-lustre Malcolm Turnbull delivered his first AFL Grand Final address at the North Melbourne breakfast this morning, as the man he deposed, Brendan Nelson, looked on from the top table.

Turnbull tried to make light of his AFL Roosters blooper earlier this week, but his speech lacked wit.

  • Listen to Turnbull’s speech (4m)

Kevin Rudd’s trip to the USA caused him to miss his first opportunity to address the breakfast. His place was taken by Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard who treated the occasion like Question Time by getting stuck into Turnbull.

  • Listen to Gillard’s speech (6m)

First Presidential Debate: Obama And McCain

This is the First Presidential Debate for the 2008 election.

The debate between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain took place at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Mississippi. It was chaired by Jim Lehrer from PBS. [Read more…]


McCain and Obama Meet In First Presidential Debate

Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have met in the first of three presidential debates ahead of the 2008 election.

Obama and McCain

McCain withdrew his demand for the debate’s cancellation, even though congressional negotiations on the financial bailout package are not yet concluded. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd Addresses the United Nations General Assembly

The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. This is the text of his speech.

  • Listen to Rudd’s concluding remarks (3m)

Transcript of Kevin Rudd’s Address to the U.N. General Assembly.

We gather together at a time of great challenge to the international system.

A challenge that reminds us afresh that we live in a world where our interdependence is now greater than at any time before. [Read more…]


President Bush: Address To The Nation On The Financial Crisis

President Bush has addressed the nation on the financial crisis.

Bush said the government was “responding with decisive action” and was proposing a rescue effort. The effort is “not aimed at preserving any individual company or industry. It is aimed at preserving America’s overall economy.”

He said: “Financial assets related to home mortgages have lost value during the house decline, and the banks holding these assets have restricted credit. As a result, our entire economy is in danger. So I propose that the federal government reduce the risk posed by these troubled assets and supply urgently needed money so banks and other financial institutions can avoid collapse and resume lending. [Read more…]


Malcolm Turnbull’s Shadow Ministry

This is Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull’s new shadow ministry.

Turnbull has promoted his deputy, Julie Bishop to the position of Shadow Treasurer.

Turnbull was elected leader of the Liberal Party on September 16, defeating Brendan Nelson. [Read more…]


Senator David Feeney: First Speech

David Feeney was elected to the Senate from Victoria at the December 2007 election.

He took up his seat on July 1, 2008.

Feeney previously worked as an official of the Transport Workers Union and State Secretary of the Victorian ALP. He was Director of Strategy for Victorian Premier Steve Bracks, ALP Campaign Director in South Australia and Assistant National Secretary of the ALP.

Hansard transcript of Senator David Feeney’s first speech to the Senate.

FeeneySenator FEENEY (5:42 PM) —It is a great pleasure to rise for the first time in this place as a senator for Victoria. Mr President, I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your elevation to your new position. I am sure that your wisdom and experience will be appreciated by all honourable senators over the course of this parliament. As I have now known you for several years, you may rest assured that I will draw upon that bank of wisdom and experience as often as I am permitted. [Read more…]