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Archives for November 2008

Kevin Rudd Comments On The G20 Summit


John Howard Returns To The Fray

The former Prime Minister, John Howard, has returned to the political fray with an interview on Fox News and screened on Sky News Australia.

The interview comes one day in advance of the premiere of the the ABC television series, The Howard Years.



Political Quotations – Set 3

  1. Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. – Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
  2. Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them. – Paul Valery, French poet and critic (1871-1945)
  3. Life means progress, and progress means suffering. – Hendrik Willem Van Loon, Dutch-born journalist and lecturer (1882-1944)
  4. The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within. – Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
  5. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. – George Orwell
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Full Text Of G20 Declaration

The meeting of G20 nations in Washington DC has issued a declaration of economic aims and objectives.

  • Download the G20 Declaration (PDF)

  • Obama’s First Weekly Address Posted On YouTube

    A weekly radio address has been a presidential tradition for decades in the United States.

    Today, President-elect Barack Obama delivered his first address and posted it on YouTube.

    This is the text of President-elect Obama’s first weekly address:

    Today, the leaders of the G-20 countries — a group that includes the world’s largest economies — are gathering in Washington to seek solutions to the ongoing turmoil in our financial markets. I’m glad President Bush has initiated this process — because our global economic crisis requires a coordinated global response.

    And yet, as we act in concert with other nations, we must also act immediately here at home to address America’s own economic crisis. This week, amid continued volatility in our markets, we learned that unemployment insurance claims rose to their highest levels since September 11, 2001. We’ve lost jobs for ten straight months — nearly 1.2 million jobs this year, many of them in our struggling auto industry. And millions of our fellow citizens lie awake each night wondering how they’re going to pay their bills, stay in their homes, and save for retirement.

    Make no mistake: this is the greatest economic challenge of our time. And while the road ahead will be long, and the work will be hard, I know that we can steer ourselves out of this crisis — because here in America we always rise to the moment, no matter how hard. And I am more hopeful than ever before that America will rise once again.

    But we must act right now. Next week, Congress will meet to address the spreading impact of the economic crisis. I urge them to pass at least a down-payment on a rescue plan that will create jobs, relieve the squeeze on families, and help get the economy growing again. In particular, we cannot afford to delay providing help for the more than one million Americans who will have exhausted their unemployment insurance by the end of this year. If Congress does not pass an immediate plan that gives the economy the boost it needs, I will make it my first order of business as President.

    Even as we dig ourselves out of this recession, we must also recognize that out of this economic crisis comes an opportunity to create new jobs, strengthen our middle class, and keep our economy competitive in the 21st century.

    That starts with the kinds of long-term investments that we’ve neglected for too long. That means putting two million Americans to work rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, and schools. It means investing $150 billion to build an American green energy economy that will create five million new jobs, while freeing our nation from the tyranny of foreign oil, and saving our planet for our children. It means making health care affordable for anyone who has it, accessible for anyone who wants it, and reducing costs for small businesses. And it also means giving every child the world-class education they need to compete with any worker, anywhere in the world.

    Doing all this will require not just new policies, but a new spirit of service and sacrifice, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. If this financial crisis has taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers — in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people. And that is how we will meet the challenges of our time — together. Thank you.


    Ken Henry’s Address To The National Press Club

    The Treasury Secretary, Ken Henry, has addressed the National Press Club, in Canberra.

    HenryAn affable, confident and articulate Henry delivered a speech on taxation and then took questions on allegations from the Liberal Party that he has conspired with the Federal government to manipulate the economic growth forecasts.

    The speech introduced Jim from Jericho, an Australian equivalent of Joe the Plumber, who gave Henry a lesson on the taxation of fencing wire.

    • Listen to Ken Henry’s speech (55m)

    Text of Ken Henry’s prepared speech:

    Towards a tax and transfer system of human scale

    1. My working holiday

    As people all around the world quickly learned – such is the reach of the electronic media these days – I spent July with my wife, Naomi, in the Epping Forest Scientific National Park in central Queensland, helping look after what may be the last 115 northern hairy nosed wombats left on the planet.

    The care of our native wildlife is one of my passions. Another is tax policy. That, too, has occupied a fair bit of my time this year as we have been undertaking one of the most fundamental tax reviews ever attempted in this country.

    Spending time on one’s passions would normally be considered a good thing. In some respects, then, this has been a good year. [Read more…]


    Rudd Launches “KevinPM” Website

    The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has launched a new website, KevinPM.

    An email from Rudd to supporters of the Kevin07 campaign says: “I’ll be using the site to speak frankly with you about the big challenges facing Australia; the global economy, education, climate change, and the health of Australians, but just as importantly it will enable me to hear your ideas for the direction of the nation.”

    The front page of www.kevinpm.com.au

    Rudd says: “There are also links to social network sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and the photo-sharing website Flickr so you can participate in the democratic process in the way you feel most comfortable.” [Read more…]


    Shell-Shocked: Rudd Ruminates On Australia And War

    Shell-Shocked: Australia After Armistice - an exhibition of the National Archives of Australia, CanberraShell-Shocked: Australia After Armistice, an exhibition at the National Archives of Australia, has been opened by the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

    The exhibition contains a selection of war records about the end of World War I, and how the Australian community dealt with the war’s after-effects.

    Rudd mused on “what it is about ANZAC … which so moves the Australian mind and plumbs the depths of the Australian soul?” The answer is made up of many things, Rudd said, including the “grand narrative” of nations which resort to war.” But in Australia’s case, “it is the sheer dimension of the sign up”.

    This is the text of Kevin Rudd’s Address at the National Archives:

    What is it about this extraordinary conflict which so animates the Australian mind and so animates the Australian soul? We are all shaped by our own experiences and I am no different to anyone else in this room. [Read more…]


    Is Julie Bishop A Political Clown?

    The Deputy Liberal leader, Julie Bishop, has appeared on Channel 10’s Good News Week.

    Opinions vary as to whether she made a fool of herself or demonstrated a deft political touch.

    Judge for yourself with these two video extracts:

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    Kevin Rudd’s Remembrance Day Address

    This is the text of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Commemorative Address at the Remembrance Day Service, held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

    ANZAC Bridge StatueFellow Australians, friends of Australia, Veterans of Australia:

    90 years ago today, the great guns fell silent.

    After fours years of bloodshed, the battlefields were silent.

    Great empires had been broken.

    Millions, millions lay dead.

    Among them, sixty thousand Australian heroes whose final resting place will forever be foreign soil.

    And then there were the wounded a further one hundred and fifty thousand whose bodies and minds were to be forever scarred by the horrors of war.

    And all this from a country of some four millions.

    The scale of the carnage; the new ways of killing on an almost industrial scale; the tiny pieces of land over which so much blood was spilt; the sheer, stark horror of life and death in the trenches made all peoples hope that this could never happen again. [Read more…]