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Archives for 2009

Senator Sue Boyce Crosses The Floor To Support Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

With Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership of the Liberal Party facing a crucial partyroom vote tomorrow, a Liberal senator, Sue Boyce, has indicated that she will cross the floor to support the Rudd government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Boyce spoke in support of the Emissions Trading Scheme proposed by the government.

She supported remarks by fellow Liberal Senator Judith Troeth who called for nuclear power to be considered as part of the solution to lowering carbon emissions. [Read more…]


Political Quotations

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Brandis: The Liberal Party And The Liberal Cause

The Shadow Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, has delivered a speech about the Liberal Party and the liberal cause.

Brandis gave the Alfred Deakin Lecture at the University of Melbourne.

Text of the Alfred Deakin Lecture by Senator George Brandis at the University of Melbourne.

We believe: the Liberal party and the liberal cause

Brandis2009 is a year dense with significant anniversaries. It is 150 years ago that the most important liberal tract of the nineteenth century, John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, was published in London. (It is also, by the way, the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the colony of Queensland although, sadly, the last time liberalism was in the ascendant in my state was about 120 years ago, during the administration of Sir Samuel Griffith.) It is the centenary of the birth of Isaiah Berlin – arguably the most important liberal thinker of the twentieth century and certainly the one whom I find most congenial. And it is, of course, the centenary of the Fusion of the Protectionist and Free Trade Parties in the Commonwealth Parliament, the event which created the political architecture of non-Labor politics, while internalizing within its unified structure the political fault lines which have defined our side of politics ever since. [Read more…]


Pyne and Gillard Debate Waste in the BER Program

Christopher Pyne and Julia Gillard have clashed over alleged waste and mismanagement in the Building the Education Revolution program.

The Opposition’s Shadow Minister for Education proposed a Matter of Public Importance in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, responded to Pyne. [Read more…]


Government Releases Second Electoral Reform Green Paper

The Australian government has released a Green Paper on electoral reform.

The Green Paper is titled, “Strengthening Australia’s Democracy”. It was released by the Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State, Joe Ludwig.

The paper follows last year’s release of a Green Paper on election funding, donations and expenditure.

This document deals with a broader range of issues and options relating to Australia’s electoral systems.

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Political Quotations – Set 9

  1. One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways. – Bertrand Russell, English mathematician-philosopher (1872-1970)
  2. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. – Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet (1792-1822)
  3. Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes. – John Donne, poet (1573-1631)
  4. Cheer up! The worst is yet to come! – Philander Chase Johnson, American author (1866-1939)
  5. Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward – your destiny – are here and now. – Dag Hammarskjold, United Nations Secretary-General (1905-1961)
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2CC Commentary: Liberal Leadership & Climate Change

I appeared on Mark Parton’s breakfast show on Canberra Radio 2CC this morning.

Mark Parton, Radio 2CC Canberra

We touched on the state of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership of the Liberal Party, especially in the light of today’s opinion polls which show a significant collapse in coalition support and approval of Turnbull.

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Political Quotations – Set 8

  1. People who never get carried away should be. – Malcolm S. Forbes, American publisher (1919-1990)
  2. Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life. – Eugene O’Neill, American playwright (1888-1953)
  3. He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak. – Michel De Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)
  4. No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. – Thomas Mann, German author (1875-1955)
  5. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)
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Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon Resigns From Rudd Ministry

The Minister for Defence, Joel Fitzgibbon, has resigned from the Rudd government.

Fitzgibbon is the first ministerial casualty since the Labor government was elected in November 2007.

In his letter of resignation, Fitzgibbon says he has reviewed the transcript of proceedings at the Senate Estimates Committee hearing last night. In relation to his brother’s dealings with Humana, an American-managed health insurance company, and Defence officials, Fitzgibbon told the prime minister: “Despite have made it clear to all parties that it was important that I not be involved, I am not satisfied that contact between the various parties leave it clear that I have entirely conformed with your Ministerial Code of Conduct.” [Read more…]


A Guide To The 2009 Defence White Paper

The Defence Minister, Joel Fitzgibbon, has released a guide to the Defence White Paper. [Read more…]