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Archives for April 2012

Abbott: Gillard Should Also Reject Thomson’s Vote

2.30pm – Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says the Prime Minister should not claim Craig Thomson’s vote whilst the allegations surrounding him are resolved.

Reacting to the earlier media conferences by Gillard and Thomson, Abbott said the government’s survival hinged on a “tainted” vote. He reiterated his call for an early election.

Abbott queried what had happened to cause Gillard to take action against Thomson and Slipper today. [Read more…]

Thomson Moves To Crossbenches; Will Still Support Labor

1.20pm – Craig Thomson has confirmed that his membership of the ALP has been suspended and he will now sit on the parliamentary crossbenches.

Speaking at a media conference in his Dobell electorate, Thomson said he will continue to support the ALP on questions of confidence and supply.

He parried questions from journalists about when the Prime Minister contacted him. He said both of them had reached the same decision but for different reasons. [Read more…]

Gillard Moves On Thomson And Slipper

12.20pm – Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that Craig Thomson is to leave the ALP caucus to sit on the crossbenches in Parliament and Peter Slipper is to continue standing aside from his job as Speaker.

Julia Gillard

Speaking at a press conference at Parliament House, Gillard said “a line has been crossed in terms of respect for the parliament”. She stressed her belief in the presumption of innocence for both men. [Read more…]

President Obama At The 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Tony Abbott Speech To The Victorian Liberal Party

The Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, has addressed the Victorian division of the Liberal Party in Melbourne. [Read more…]

Peter Slipper Releases Cabcharge Documents

Peter Slipper has released copies of Cabcharge vouchers which he says show that the allegations against him are a “complete fabrication”.

In recent days it has become clear that Slipper will be unable to return to the Speaker’s chair. Independents Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Andrew Wilkie appear to be opposed to his return and there are signs today that the government’s resolve to back Slipper is weakening.

Statement by Peter Slipper:

Please find attached cab charge dockets that I have this afternoon received from the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

These documents have all been completed by me and are clearly in my handwriting as I said they were.

The so called criminal allegation is a complete fabrication, just as the other claims are not accurate.

I repeat that I reject allegations that have been made against me.

I will make a further Statement on this matter in due course.

Shorten: I Agree With PM, But I Don’t Know What She Said

There was a bizarre interview with Gillard government minister Bill Shorten on the Sky News Agenda program today.

Shorten repeatedly claimed to support whatever Gillard had said, even though he didn’t know what she said.

Shorten appears to have moved away from whole-hearted support for Speaker Peter Slipper’s decision to stand aside pending resolution of travel expenses claims against him. However, Prime Minister Gillard has remained steadfast in defending Slipper’s decision to step down pending resolution of the criminal allegations but not the civil claim of sexual harassment.

Shorten appeared on Agenda at 4pm today.

2012 ANZAC Day Speeches

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has delivered ANZAC Day speeches at Gallipoli.

Minister Warren Snowdon spoke at ceremonies at Villers-Brettoneux in France.

Julia Gillard

  • Listen to Gillard’s speech at the Dawn Service at Gallipoli (6m)
  • Listen to Gillard’s speech at Lone Pine, Gallipoli (6m)
  • Listen to Snowdon’s speech at Villers-Brettoneux (9m)

Governor-General Quentin Bryce’s ANZAC Day Address

Latest CPI Figures Show Lower Inflation

Inflation increased by a negligible 0.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2012.

In the year to March, there was a 1.6 percent increase in prices. The underlying inflation rate was 2.1 per cent.

The low Consumer Price Index figure has surprised some commentators. The Reserve Bank is now being widely tipped to lower interest rates next week. [Read more…]