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Archives for June 2011

Senate Committee Proposes Reform Of Australian Federation

The Senate Select Committee on the Reform of the Australian Federation has released its report.

The committee was established in June 2010 to:

  • inquire into and report by the last sitting day of May 2011 on key issues and priorities for the reform of relations between the three levels of government within the Australian federation; and
  • explore a possible agenda for national reform and to consider ways it can best be implemented in relation to, but not exclusively, the following matters
    • the distribution of constitutional powers and responsibilities between the Commonwealth and the states (including territories)
    • financial relations between federal, state and local governments
    • possible constitutional amendment, including the recognition of local government
    • processes, including the Council of Australian Governments, and the referral of powers and procedures for enhancing cooperation between the various levels of Australian government, and
    • strategies for strengthening Australia’s regions and the delivery of services through regional development committees and regional grant programs

The Committee comprised three Liberal senators (Russell Trood, Chris Back and Scott Ryan), two ALP senators (Mark Furner and Claire Moore) and one Greens senator (Scott Ludlam).

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Removing Kevin Rudd: A Year Ago Tonight

It’s a year ago tonight that moves to topple Prime Minister Kevin Rudd began.

The first we knew of the challenge to Rudd’s 30-month prime ministership was this tweet from the ABC’s Chris Uhlmann at 7.00pm:

Chris Uhlmann's 7pm tweet on June 23, 2010

 
Simultaneously, ABC television broke the news on its 7pm bulletin:

  • Listen to the audio of the ABC bulletin:
  • Watch the ABC bulletin

Craig Thomson And The Gillard Government

This is the text of a speech in the Matters of Public Interest debate by Victorian Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson.

The speech was given at 1pm on June 15, 2011.

The transcript is taken from Hansard.

Michael RonaldsonAt the heart of this Gillard Labor government lies the truth that it is an illegitimate government. The government is not only illegitimate but also hopelessly divided. Only today we read how Labor backbenchers are at war with each other about policy decisions taken by their own party. It is a tale of zombies and daleks. The members—described by one of their own as ‘zombies’—are generally too frightened to speak out. The factional warlords—the ‘daleks’, according to one past leader—are angry at their loss of power and influence.

Today’s media reports describe a vicious exchange in yesterday’s caucus meeting between a backbencher from the New South Wales Central Coast, the member for Dobell, Mr Craig Thomson, and his New South Wales Labor colleague Senator Doug Cameron.

Paul Keating famously declared that where New South Wales Labor goes, so too goes the nation. This is indeed a troubling omen for our nation. Today I wish to discuss renewed allegations against the said Mr Thomson—all of which are on the public record. Mr Thomson’s actions go to the heart of this government’s legitimacy. Mr Thomson is now into his second term as a member of the House of Representatives. Nevertheless, serious concerns remain about Mr Thomson’s past as a union heavy in the Health Services Union. There are serious allegations including allegations of fraud and electoral misconduct. It is time to end Labor’s deafening silence concerning these very serious allegations. Put simply, it is time for the Prime Minister to show leadership. Mr Thomson is not fit to be a member of parliament and he should be stood down immediately. Of course, the Prime Minister knows this. In normal circumstances the member for Dobell would not be allowed to continue. But, in the so-called ‘new paradigm’ where the government has only a wafer-thin majority, the Prime Minister lacks the courage and the leadership authority to deal with the member for Dobell appropriately. [Read more…]


Greens Policy Statements – Hawker Britton

This is a document of Australian Greens’ Policy Statements, compiled by Hawker Britton.

Hawker Britton is a government relations, strategic communications and campaign business.

The PDF shown below can be expanded and downloaded. [Read more…]