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Archives for March 2012

Julia Gillard Meets With Campbell Newman

Prime Minister Gillard has met with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman for the first time since last weekend’s election.

The advent of the Liberal National government in Queensland means that Gillard now faces non-Labor premiers in the four largest states: NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

Gillard also maintained her criticism of Tony Abbott over his plan to consider a scheme to assist families to employ nannies.

This is how Channel 10 reported the meeting:

Senator Judith Adams Dies

The Liberal Party’s Western Australian Senator Judith Adams has died, aged 68.

Senator Judith AdamsSenator Adams reportedly died as a result of breast cancer.

She was in her second term in the Senate, having been first elected in the 2004 federal election. Her term commenced on July 1, 2005.

A former nurse and farmer, Senator Adams was Deputy Opposition Whip and had been Temporary Chair of Committees since July last year.

According to her personal website, “Judith was born in Picton, New Zealand and after completing her secondary education trained as a general nurse, a midwife and gained a Diploma in Operating Theatre Nursing.

“In 1963 Judith joined the NZ Territorial Army as a Nursing Sister, obtaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant and in 1967 was appointed to the NZ Surgical Team in Vietnam as a civilian nurse auspiced under the Columbo Plan. [Read more…]

The Death Of Margaret Whitlam

Margaret Whitlam died, aged 92, on March 17, 2012.

Parliamentary tributes were delivered on March 19. A memorial service was held on March 23.

Margaret Whitlam Memorial Service


Mar 19-20 – House of Representatives & Senate Condolence Motion Speeches

    • Julia Gillard (ALP)
    • Tony Abbott (Lib)
    • Tanya Plibersek (ALP>
    • Julie Bishop (Lib)
    • Kevin Rudd (ALP)
    • Watch Kevin Rudd
    • Malcolm Turnbull (Lib)
    • Senator John Faulker (ALP)
    • Watch John Faulkner
    • Senator Marise Payne (Lib)
    • Senator Bob Brown (Greens)
    • Josh Frydenberg (Lib)
    • Natasha Griggs (CLP)
    • Mar 23: Tony Whitlam’s eulogy for his mother
    • Mar 23 Catherine Dovey’s eulogy for her mother

“Fellow Earthians” – Bob Brown’s Green Oration

This is the text of the Third Annual Green Oration by Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens.

Senator Bob BrownFellow Earthians,

Never before has the Universe unfolded such a flower as our collective human intelligence, so far as we know.

Nor has such a one-and-only brilliance in the Universe stood at the brink of extinction, so far as we know.

We people of the Earth exist because our potential was there in the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago, as the Universe exploded into being.

So far, it seems like we are the lone thinkers in this vast, expanding Universe. [Read more…]

Margaret Whitlam: 1919-2012

Margaret Whitlam Dies, 92

ALP National Platform – 2012

This is the full text of the ALP’s National Platform, as decided at the party’s National Conference in December 2011.

Julia Gillard was Prime Minister at the time this Platform was decided on.

The full platform is shown below. It can be expanded and downloaded.

Individual chapters are listed below and may also be downloaded as PDF files.


Cabinet Handbook 7th Edition 2012

This is the 2012 Cabinet Handbook, 7th edition, released by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

It was released whilst Julia Gillard was prime minister.

The PDF shown below can be resized and downloaded.


Hillary Clinton On China

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has delivered an important speech on China which appears to depart from the line previously taken by the Obama Administration.

Addressing the US Institute of Peace China Conference to celebrate the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s visit to China, Clinton seemed to call for another “Nixon moment”. [Read more…]

Bob Carr Enters The Senate And Becomes Foreign Minister

Bob CarPrime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that former NSW Premier Bob Carr is to enter the Senate and become Foreign Minister.

After several days of uncertainty and denials, the announcement came as a surprise today when Gillard announced the ministerial reshuffle arising from the resignation of Kevin Rudd and his failed leadership challenge.

Carr will fill the casual Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Mark Arbib. [Read more…]