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Archives for September 2011

AFL Grand Final: Political Speeches

One of the traditions of the Australian Football League Grand Final is the North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast.

It is customary for the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to address the breakfast each year. On occasion, events conspire against their attendance and their deputies stand in.

Here’s a selection from the past decade. [Read more…]

Global Resolve: Wayne Swan on Economic Policy

The Treasurer, Wayne Swan, has outlined Australia’s economic policy, the nation’s role in Asia, and the challenges of the global economy, in a speech to the Harvard Club of New York.

The speech follows Swan’s acceptance of the Finance Minister of the Year award from Euromoney magazine.

This is the transcript of Wayne Swan’s speech to the Harvard Club of New York.

That was a very kind introduction and a very warm welcome, and I want to thank you for having me here.

Harvard has made such an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of economic policy around the world so it’s an honour to be here to address you today.

It’s great to be in New York again, the capital city of the free world.

It’s a tragedy that the remarkable history of this city and the fond memories of it so many people carry are stained of course by two history-altering events, both marked this month.

The first was commemorated 15 days ago, a full decade after the fall of two towers brought death and destruction and beyond that a dramatic escalation of a war our nations still fight together today.

The second was quietly remembered just four days later – three years since Lehman’s collapse pushed the global economy off a cliff, towards the greatest synchronised downturn since the Great Depression. [Read more…]

Andrew Fraser New Deputy Premier of Queensland

Andrew Fraser has been sworn in as the new Deputy Premier of Queensland.

Fraser replaces Paul Lucas, who resigned yesterday.

Compare the Pair: ALP Climate Policy Advertisement

Government Announces Media Inquiry Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for an independent media inquiry have been announced by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy.

The inquiry will be conducted by Ray Finkelstein QC, a former Justice of the Federal Court. He will be assisted by Dr. Matthew Ricketson, a former journalist and now Professor of Journalism at Canberra University.

The inquiry will not report on media ownership. Its terms of reference cover media codes of practice, the effect of technological change, and the independence of the Australian Press Council.

Text of media release from Senator Conroy:

Government announces Independent Media Inquiry

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced an independent inquiry into the Australian media.

“A healthy and robust media is essential to the democratic process,” Senator Conroy said.

“The Australian Government believes it is incumbent upon government to ensure regulatory processes and industry structures are sufficiently strong to support the continuation of a healthy and independent media that is able to fulfil its essential democratic purpose, and to operate in the public interest.” [Read more…]

Second Gillard Ministry – Revised 2011

This is the revised list of ministers and parliamentary secretaries in the Second Gillard government that took office in September 2010.

A PDF document appears at the end of this page. [Read more…]

Presidents Obama and Bush Deliver 9/11 Anniversary Readings

Channel 10 News Remembers The Night of September 11

Craig Thomson and Mary Jo Fisher: MPs in the News

Reports from this evening’s Channel 10 news bulletins on the latest allegations against Labor MP Craig Thomson and the trial of Liberal Senator Mary Jo Fisher.

Obama Calls On Congress To Pass Jobs Bill

President Barack Obama has delivered a speech on the economy and jobs to a joint session of the US Congress.

“Pass this jobs bill,” Obama implored the Congress, as he outlined a $447 billion package of tax cuts and new government spending. [Read more…]