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Archives for August 2020

Kristy McBain (ALP – Eden-Monaro) – Maiden Speech

Kristy McBain has delivered her first speech to the House of Representatives, following her election as the ALP member for Eden-Monaro at a by-election on July 4, 2020.

McBain

McBain’s maiden speech is the first to be delivered in the House since the imposition of COVID-19 rules. Family members were permitted in the public gallery, but not the usual group of supporters and friends. At the end of her speech, colleagues did not hug her or shake her hand. A few bumped elbows. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the ALP gave her “a giant virtual hug”.

McBain, 37, is the former mayor of Bega Valley Shire. In her speech, she described herself as not of “the political class”.

At the by-election held to replace her predecessor, Mike Kelly, McBain polled 35.89% of the primary vote, a fall of 3.28%, in a field of 14 candidates. The Liberal Party candidate, Fiona Kotvojs, polled 38.33% of the primary vote, an increase of 1.32%. The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party polled 5.34%. After preferences were distributed, McBain polled 50.39%, to 49.15% for the Liberals, a swing against the ALP of 0.46%.

Watch McBain’s first speech (29m):
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Anthony Albanese Address to the National Press Club

The Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese, spoke at the National Press Club in Canberra today, attacking the Morrison government over its handling of aged care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Albanese criticised the government over its handling of aged care deaths in Victoria during the coronavirus crisis. He deplored the government’s hostile attitude to superannuation, especially for young people.

Albanese’s appearance came during a parliamentary sitting week in which some members contributed via video link.

Watch Albanese’s Address to the National Press Club (59m):

Listen to Albanese’s Address to the National Press Club (59m):

Official transcript of speech to the National Press Club by Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese. [Read more…]


Historic Parliamentary Sitting As Members Given Remote Access Because Of COVID-19

A historic meeting of the Australian Parliament began today, with members of both houses now able to participate remotely in proceedings, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The House of Representatives met at 10.00am and formalised the arrangements.

Members are able to participate from their electorate offices via the parliament’s video system. They cannot vote remotely.

The government and opposition agreed on the format of remote access in recent weeks. Negotiations were handled by the Leader of the House, Christian Porter, and the Manager of Opposition Business, Tony Burke.

Statements from House Speaker, Tony Smith, and the Senate President, Scott Ryan, appear below.

Watch the opening proceedings in the House of Representatives (24m):
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1990 Federal Election Interviews Just Posted

I’ve just posted a new video of interviews with the political leaders during the 1990 federal election.

Six days before the election, Richard Carleton interviewed Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Treasurer Paul Keating, followed by Opposition Leader Andrew Peacock and Shadow Treasurer John Hewson.

In the light of subsequent events, the interviews are interesting because it isn’t often that the two most important members of the ministry or shadow ministry appear together in this format.

In this case, Hawke would win the election but be overthrown by Keating in December 1991. The defeated Peacock stood down and Hewson became leader, before going on to lose the 1993 election against Keating. Hawke left parliament in 1992, Peacock in 1994.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison Press Conference Following National Cabinet Meeting

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has held a press conference, following the latest meeting of the National Cabinet.

Watch Scott Morrison’s press conference (48m):

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Joe Biden: Acceptance Speech for Democratic Party Presidential Nomination

Joe Biden has delivered his acceptance speech following his official nomination by the Democratic Party as its candidate for President at the 2020 election.

The party’s nominating convention was due to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the coronavirus pandemic forced its abandonment. Biden’s speech was delivered by video during a two-hour televised broadcast.

Watch Biden’s speech (25m)

Listen to Biden’s speech (25m)

Transcript of Joe Biden’s speech accepting the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party.

Good evening.

Ella Baker, a giant of the civil rights movement, left us with this wisdom: Give people light and they will find a way.

Give people light. Those are words for our time.

The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division.

Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst. I will be an ally of the light not of the darkness. [Read more…]


Michelle Obama: Speech to the Democratic Party Convention

Michelle Obama has delivered a stirring speech to the Democratic Party Convention, a call to “the chorus of history” to defeat Donald Trump in this year’s presidential election.

Obama, wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama, pulled together the threads of the argument against Trump. “Being President doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are,” she told the convention in her video address. “He cannot meet this moment.”

Obama said: “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can, and they will, if we don’t make a change in this election… We have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”

The Democratic convention was scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the coronavirus pandemic has made it largely a virtual convention.

Watch Michelle Obama’s speech (18m):

Listen to Michelle Obama’s speech (18m):

Official transcript of Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic Party Convention.

Michelle Obama

Good evening, everyone. It’s a hard time, and everyone’s feeling it in different ways. And I know a lot of folks are reluctant to tune into a political convention right now or to politics in general. Believe me, I get that. But I am here tonight because I love this country with all my heart, and it pains me to see so many people hurting.

I’ve met so many of you. I’ve heard your stories. And through you, I have seen this country’s promise. And thanks to so many who came before me, thanks to their toil and sweat and blood, I’ve been able to live that promise myself. [Read more…]