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Archives for February 2009

National Day Of Mourning Service For Bushfire Victims

A 90-minute ceremony has taken place at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, as part of the National Day of Mourning for victims of the February 7 bushfires.

Kevin Rudd, John Brumby, Malcolm Turnbull and Ted Baillieu were the major political figures at the service which was also attended by representatives of religious groups. The Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, spoke, as did Princess Anne, representing the Queen.

An orchestra and choir augmented the speeches and messages throughout the service, culminating in Bruce Woodley’s rendition of “We Are Australian”.

  • Listen to the service (complete 95m)
  • Watch an extract of the service (6m)

Black Saturday Bushfires: Moving Speeches In Parliament For Victims

The House of Representatives was the scene today of a moving condolence motion for victims of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria.

The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, was not in attendance, having stayed in Melbourne, but his deputy, Julia Gillard, visibly affected, gave a magnificent speech to a silent chamber. She was followed by the Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, who delivered an equally impressive and moving speech. [Read more…]


Stimulus Package: PM Kevin Rudd Address To The Nation

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has delivered an Address to the Nation, following the announcement of the government’s second stimulus package.

Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan today announced a $42 million package of measures in response to the global financial crisis. The measures include a one-off $950 cash bonus to individuals. A home insulation program will be introduced, as will a program of new and upgraded buildings in schools, to be called Building the Education Revolution. There will be a black spots, boom gates, regional roads and community infrastructure program.

  • Listen to Rudd’s Address to the Nation (4m)

Transcript of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Address to the Nation.

Good evening, in the last three months, the global financial crisis has deteriorated dramatically.

We now face a global economic recession – with a massive impact on jobs right across the world. [Read more…]


Rudd Announces $42 Billion Stimulus Package

The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has announced a new package of measures worth $42 billion to stimulate the economy.

At a press conference in Canberra, Rudd announced a series of direct payments to individuals and families, coupled with a program of infrastructure funding for housing and schools.

A home insulation program will be introduced, as will a program of new and upgraded buildings in schools, to be called Building the Education Revolution. A $950.00 one-off cash bonus will be provided to support jobs. There will be a black spots, boom gates, regional roads and community infrastructure program.

Full details of the stimulus package are shown below.

  • Listen to Rudd’s press conference (29m – transcript below)
  • Watch an extract of Rudd’s press conference (3m)

Text of statement released by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

$42 billion nation building and jobs plan

The Rudd Government today announced a $42 billion Nation Building and Jobs Plan to support jobs and invest in future long term economic growth. [Read more…]