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Archives for June 2013

Obama: Confronting The Growing Threat Of Climate Change

President Barack Obama has used his weekly television address to promote the Climate Action Plan he unveiled earlier in the week.

Obama’s office said: “President Obama told the American people about a plan he unveiled a few days ago that confronts the growing threat of climate change, which will cut carbon pollution, protect our country from the impacts of climate change, and lead the world in a coordinated assault on a changing climate. The President’s plan recognizes that there is no contradiction between a sound environment and a strong economy, and he calls on all Americans to speak up about climate change in their communities and remind their elected officials that we must take action to protect our future generations from the ravages of climate change now.” [Read more…]


Greg Combet To Leave Parliament

Greg Combet has announced that he will retire from Parliament at the forthcoming election.

CombetCombet quit the Cabinet on Wednesday night, following the re-election of Kevin Rudd as the ALP’s leader, replacing Julia Gillard.

He says he was already in discussion with Gillard about leaving parliament. “My reasons are personal and are not attributable to the change in the leadership of the Labor Party this week, although this has provided a catalyst for my decision.”

The former Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation has held the NSW electorate of Charlton since 2007. He was Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions before entering parliament. [Read more…]


Rudd Holds First Full-Scale Press Conference After Returning As Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd has held his first full-scale press conference, one day after returning to the prime ministership.

Rudd explained his reasons for offering himself for a second term and paid tribute to Julia Gillard.

He attacked Tony Abbott over his ‘tow back the boats’ policy and said Abbott risked a confrontation with Indonesia.

Rudd indicated that his new ministry would be sworn in on Monday. The carbon tax and welfare benefits for single mothers will probably be considered by the new Cabinet. [Read more…]


Peter Garrett (ALP – Kingsford Smith) – Valedictory Speech

Peter Garrett delivered his valedictory speech to the House of Representatives on the final day of the 43rd Parliament.

Garrett

First elected as the Labor member for Kingsford Smith in 2004, Abbott was a Cabinet minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments between 2007 and 2013. He was Environment minister in the first Rudd government and School Education minister in the Gillard government. [Read more…]


Stephen Smith Announces His Retirement From Parliament

The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, has become the latest minister to announce his retirement.

Smith made his announcement at the end of Question Time today. He will continue as Foreign Minister until the election but will not contest his Western Australian electorate of Perth.

Smith

He has been the member for Perth since 1993 and has served in seven parliaments. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd’s First Question Time After Returning As Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd was re-elected leader of the ALP on June 26, 2013.

He was sworn in as Prime Minister at 9.51am on June 27. This is a recording of Question Time in the House of Representatives at 2pm that afternoon.

It was Rudd’s one and only Question Time in his second term as prime minister. The House adjourned at the end of the day for the winter break. It never met again and was dissolved ahead of the September 7 election. [Read more…]


Rob Oakeshott (Ind – Lyne) – Valedictory Speech

Rob Oakeshott was the independent member for Lyne for five years from 2008 until 2013.

Oakeshott

Oakeshott was previously a Nationals and an independent member of the NSW Legislative Assembly. He won Lyne at a by-election in September 2008, following the retirement of the former Nationals leader, Mark Vaile. [Read more…]


ALP National Secretary Pays Tribute To Gillard

The ALP National Secretary, George Wright, has paid tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister, Julia Gillard

In a statement published on the party’s website, Wright said Gillard “achieved much for our nation and leaves a strong legacy”.

Statement from George Wright, National Secretary of the ALP.

A record worth fighting for

National Secretary George Wright’s statement on the election of Kevin Rudd as Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party.

On behalf of the Labor National Secretariat and members of the Australian Labor Party, I congratulate Kevin Rudd who last night was elected Labor Leader by the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd Sworn In For Second Time As Prime Minister Of Australia

Kevin Rudd, Australia’s 26th prime minister, has been sworn in for his second term of office.

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s resignation took effect at 9.51am as Rudd took the oath of office and signed the official documents before the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, at Government House.

Anthony Albanese was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister.

Chris Bowen, one of the ministers who resigned from the Gillard ministry in March, was sworn as Treasurer.

Government House has released correspondence between Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and the Governor-General. It shows how the transfer of power takes place in a Westminster parliamentary system.

Gillard

Rudd

 


Current Federal Parliamentary Leaders

Each political party represented in the Federal Parliament elects leaders in each house.

Just as the government is decided in the House of Representatives, so the parties elect their leaders and deputy leaders from amongst their representatives in the House. If the party is not represented in the lower house, its leader will be chosen from amongst its members in the Senate.

These tables are correct as of June 27, 2013. On June 26, 2013, Kevin Rudd defeated Julia Gillard for the ALP leadership. Anthony Albanese replaced Wayne Swan as deputy leader. Senator Penny Wong replaced Senator Stephen Conroy as Senate leader and Senator Jacinta Collins became deputy leader. [Read more…]