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Archives for September 2012

Alan Jones Press Conference; Purported Apology

This is the complete video of the 43-minute press conference held by Alan Jones at 11.30am today in which he discusses the comments reported in News Limited Sunday papers.

A recording of Jones’s appearance at a University of Sydney Liberal Club function on September 22 has him calling Prime Minister Julia Gillard a liar and then saying: “”The old man recently died a few weeks ago of shame. To think that he had a daughter who told lies every time she stood for parliament.” [Read more…]


Obama Ads In Ohio Attack Romney Over Taxes

This is a television advertisement currently being shown in Ohio by the Obama campaign.

It comes days after Mother Jones magazine published video of Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s comments to donors at a private gathering last May.



Bill Shorten: Light On The Hill Address

Bill Shorten has delivered the annual ‘Light on the Hill’ Address in honour of Ben Chifley.

ShortenChifley was Labor Prime Minister from 1945 until 1949. Prior to that, he was Treasurer in the Curtin government from 1941. Amongst other things, Chifley is remembered for his ‘Light on the Hill’ speech to an ALP conference in 1949.

Shorten, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations in the Gillard government, was elected to the Melbourne electorate of Maribyrnong in 2007. He was previously National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union.

The Ben Chifley Memorial Lecture is given each year in Bathurst, Chifley’s birthplace.

Text of Bill Shorten’s ‘Light on the Hill’ Address in Bathurst.

If things are right, they will come your way.

Those words aren’t mine.

They belong to:

  • a boy who grew up sleeping on a chaff bag in a bush shack with a dirt floor;
  • a young man who started out as a cashier’s assistant in a general store;
  • a unionist who was the youngest first-class locomotive driver in New South Wales;
  • and a politician who never took his eye off the ball – or the horizon.

Of course, I’m talking about Australia’s 16th prime minister and our 19th Treasurer – Bathurst’s own Ben Chifley.

It’s worth remembering when Chifley said those words. [Read more…]


Campbell Newman: Caveat Emptor

Another fine offering from Clarke and Dawe.



Gillard, Lowy And Abbott: Australian Multicultural Council Lecture

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have joined in honouring Frank Lowy at the inaugural Australian Multicultural Council Lecture.

Gillard introduced Lowy and Abbott gave the vote of thanks. [Read more…]


Tony Abbott’s Revised Coalition Shadow Ministry

This is the Coalition shadow ministry, as of September 19, 2012.

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The Day Mitt Romney Lost The Presidential Election?

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been embarrassed by a video of him making disparaging comments about American voters.

Mother Jones magazine has published details of Romney’s remarks to a private function of wealthy donors last May.

Romney said: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”

[Read more…]


Asia-Ready People, Asia-Ready Policies: Wayne Swan Speech

This is the text of Treasurer Wayne Swan’s address to the Australia in China’s Century conference in Sydney today.

Wayne Swan [Read more…]


Backbencher Kevin Rudd Seeks International Adviser, Preferably Chinese-Speaking

Queensland Labor backbencher Kevin Rudd is looking for a new adviser. Advertisements for the position appeared in daily newspapers today.

The advertisement stipulates that “this adviser will play an important role in advising Mr. Rudd in his capacity as a former Prime Minister with a focus on research and Mr. Rudd’s ongoing work in international forums”.

The position will be based in Brisbane in Rudd’s electorate of Griffith. “Candidates with high level fluency in Chinese are encouraged to apply.”

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Nauru Designated For Regional Processing

Nauru has been officially designated a regional processing country under the Migration Act.

The formal action to put in place the government’s about-turn on processing of asylum seekers took place today with the tabling of the legislative instrument in the House of Representatives by the Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.

The Opposition maintained its position that Howard-era outcomes can only be achieved by the introduction of the full suite of Howard policies, including temporary protection visas and turning back the boats. Shadow minister Scott Morrison moved an amendment along these lines.

The Instrument of Designation is shown below.

  • Immigration Minister Chris Bowen announces the Nauru designation
  • Shadow Immigration minister Scott Morrison comments on the Nauru decision:

Statement released by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.

Nauru designated for regional processing

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, has this morning signed the legislative instrument designating the Republic of Nauru as a regional processing country under the Migration Act.

‘I will today table the designation documents in Parliament. Subject to both houses passing a resolution approving the designation, the designation will allow for the transfer of irregular maritime arrivals who arrived after 13 August to Nauru,’ Mr Bowen said.

‘These documents outline the terms of agreement with the Nauruan Government and the fact I have now designated Nauru as a regional processing country.’

The Minister has determined that it is in the national interest to begin transferring people to Nauru as set out in the Statement of Reasons, including:

  • Nauru has given Australia the assurances around the principle of non-refoulement and the assessment of asylum claims in line with the Refugee Convention
  • Designating Nauru as a regional processing country will discourage irregular and dangerous maritime voyages and thereby reduce the risk of the loss of life at sea
  • The designation promotes the maintenance of a fair and orderly Refugee and Humanitarian Program that retains the confidence of the Australian people
  • Designating Nauru as a regional processing country promotes regional cooperation on irregular migration and people smuggling and its undesirable consequences; and
  • Arrangements already in place in Nauru and those that are proposed to be put in place in Nauru are satisfactory.

The Memorandum of Understanding with the Nauruan Government was signed on 29 August. Construction work on the temporary facility is nearing completion and the government expects to be able to begin transferring people to Nauru later this week.

Mr Bowen said the government was committed to implementing the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.

‘The designation I have tabled today is the next step in implementing the Expert Panel’s recommendations,’ he said.

Further announcements about processing arrangements in Nauru will be made in due course.

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