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Business Council Lobbies On Infrastructure

The Business Council of Australia has produced a position paper calling for action on Australia’s infrastructure.

The paper appears at the bottom of this page.

This is the text of an article by Rod Pearse, chairman of the Business Council of Australia’s Sustainable Growth Taskforce and chief executive of Boral Limited. It was published in The Australian on March 28, 2005.

We can avert a crisis and seize opportunities

Much has been said recently about how Australia can lock in its economic success. The country’s outstanding economic performance during the past decade has delivered enormous benefits. Substantial improvements in average incomes, high employment, low interest rates, low inflation and record highs in consumer and business confidence are just some of the tangible benefits. [Read more…]


Anglican And Catholic Archbishops Attack ALP’s Schools Policy

Anglican and Catholic archbishops have attacked the ALP’s schools policy in a statement released today.

Text of a media release on behalf of the Catholic and Anglican Archbishops of Sydney and Melbourne.

In response to the Australian Labor Party’s Schools Policy Great Australian Schools, we offer the following comments.

“We endorse strongly the principle of parents being free to choose the kind of education they want for their children. Parents may choose education provided by government schools or may choose a school that more closely supports their family’s values and beliefs. [Read more…]


Howard And Latham Address RSL Annual Conference

Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Mark Latham have addressed the annual conference of the RSL.

The Returned and Services League was founded in 1916 and supports serving and ex-service Defence Force members and their families. [Read more…]


Farmers Lobby Group ‘Very Disappointed’ With Aspects Of FTA

The National Farmers Federation says the Australia-United State Free Trade Agreement has benefits for Australian agricultural industries, but the US has failed to deliver on free trade in agriculture.

Text of media release from Peter Corish, President of the National Farmers Federation.

CorishThe US Australia Trade Agreement has benefits for several Australian agricultural industries, but the United States has failed to deliver on free trade in agriculture, National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) President, Mr Peter Corish said today.

Mr Corish explained that market access gains had been achieved for Australia’s dairy, beef, horticulture, sheepmeat and wool sectors. [Read more…]


Simon Crean: Address To National Congress Of The RSL

Opposition Leader Simon Crean has addressed the National Congress of the Returned and Services League.

The National Congress met at the Adelaide Town Hall.

Text of Simon Crean’s Address to the National Congress of the RSL.

CreanHer Excellency, the Governor, Marjorie Jackson-Nelson.

The Minister for Defence, Senator Hill.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dana Vale. [Read more…]


Australia “A Bit Lost” – Rick Farley

This is the full text of Rick Farley’s 2003 Australia Day Address, from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Mr. Farley was the Executive Director of the National Farmers’ Federation from 1988-1995. [Read more…]


Pressure Group Campaigns In The 2001 Federal Election

As always, pressure groups were active in the 2001 Federal Election.

This is a sample of some of the more prominent pressure group campaigns during the election. [Read more…]


A.M.A. At War With Wooldridge

Michael WooldridgeA report in The Australian newspaper today highlights a rift that has developed between the Federal Minister for Health, Dr Michael Wooldridge, and the Australian Medical Association.

The AMA is the peak organisation representing Australian doctors. It has 26,000 members and is led by Dr Kerryn Phelps.

According to the report, a meeting was held a fortnight ago involving Dr Wooldridge, two of his advisers, Dr Phelps, her partner and personal assistant Jackie Stricker, and AMA vice-president, Trevor Mudge. [Read more…]


About The Women’s Electoral Lobby

The Women’s Electoral Lobby was formed just prior to the 1972 election.

These notes were written by the Women’s Electoral Lobby.

WEL’s Background

The Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) was formed in 1972 just prior to a Federal election. WEL’s first survey of political candidates revealed a gross lack of knowledge or even interest in the many issues affecting women in Australia.

Further surveys gained public notoriety and encouraged the formation of branches in all capital and many regional cities. Since then, winning government has often been attributed to the women’s vote. Over the years, WEL has continued to provide well researched submissions to both sides of the political fence on a range of issues, from economics and employment, to health and human relationships. WEL policies have been based on the assumption of women’s right to choose and to control her own destiny; WEL’s approach has been to demand that right be entrenched into legislation, and embedded in political, economic and social structures. [Read more…]


About The Australian Medical Association

The Australian Medical Association is one of Australia’s peak lobby groups.

It is a prominent and active pressure group with direct links to State and Federal governents through its relationship with the various Health Departments. The information on this page is taken from the AMA’s web-site.

The Organisation, Goals and Objectives

Dr. Kerryn Phelps, President AMAThe Australian Medical Association is an independent organisation which represents more than 26,000 doctors, whether salaried or in private practice, whether general practitioners, specialists, teachers and researchers or young doctors.

It also represents the public face of Australian medicine. It is the vehicle through which doctors fulfil their obligations to the community as advocates for those with neither power nor influence. The AMA is an agent of change, a voice of reason and an independent leader of societal values.

The AMA has a federal structure, with branches in each state and territory which focus primarily on state matters, and a Canberra-based federal body which deals with national issues. [Read more…]