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Oppositions Do Win Elections: Gartrell Analyses ALP Election Victory

The ALP has disproved the notion that oppositions don’t win elections, governments lose them, according to Tim Gartrell, National Secretary of the ALP.

GartrellAddressing the National Press Club in Canberra, Gartrell argued that Labor won the election campaign outright and that the election of Kevin Rudd as leader of the ALP exactly one year ago was when the momentum began.

Gartrell argued that “the momentum Labor built through 2007 was not confined to the return of one single group. It goes comprehensively deeper and wider than that. It was a wave that swept up Australians in almost every demographic – at either end of the spectrum and in the middle. The under 30s and the over 60s. Manual trades workers and the university educated. Mums at home and families with both parents working.”

Gartrell claimed a wide-ranging swing for the ALP: “This was self-evidently not a swing confined to narrow, sectional groups. This was a swing that on election day would deliver seats to Labor in Far North Queensland, on the Central Coast of New South Wales, in western Sydney and the suburbs of Brisbane and in John Howard’s own backyard – Bennelong.” [Read more…]


The First Rudd Ministry

This is the full list of the First Rudd Ministry.

The new Labor government was sworn into office on December 3, 2007.

The first document is the official list of ministers and parliamentary secretaries. The second document was taken from The Australian.

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The Rudd Ministry: Who Does What

The detailed administrative arrangements for the Rudd Labor government have been issued.

The administrative arrangements are made in the form of an order from the Governor-General-in-Council.

The order sets out the matters dealt with by each government department and the acts of parliament to be administered by each minister. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd Sworn In As Australia’s 26th Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia

10.00am – Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as Prime Minister by the Governor-General, Michael Jeffery, in a ceremony at Government House, in Canberra. [Read more…]


Rudd Announces New Labor Government Ministry

The Prime Minister-elect, Kevin Rudd, has announced his new ministry at a press conference in Canberra.

One of the most significant changes is that Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be both Education Minister and Employment & Workplace Relations Minister.

The highly-regarded Senator John Faulkner has been appointed Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary. [Read more…]


Brendan Nelson Elected Liberal Party Leader In Close Vote

Brendan Nelson, Leader of the OppositionBrendan Nelson has been elected leader of the Liberal Party, defeating Malcolm Turnbull by 45 votes to 42.

Julie Bishop, the outgoing Education Minister, has been elected deputy leader. Sky News reports that she garnered 44 votes, Andrew Robb 25 and Christopher Pyne 18.

Bishop holds the seat of Curtin in Western Australia, the only state to withstand the swing to the ALP in Saturday’s election. [Read more…]


Abbott Withdraws From Liberal Leadership Contest

The outgoing Health Minister, Tony Abbott, has withdrawn from the Liberal Party leadership ballot on Thursday.

Malcolm Turnbull and Brendan Nelson will contest the position with Turnbull looking more likely to win.

The deputy’s position is a three-way contest between Andrew Robb, Julie Bishop and Christopher Pyne.


Rudd Pays Tribute To Bernie Banton At Brisbane Press Conference

Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd has paid tribute to Bernie Banton, the man who led the fight for compensation for asbestos victims from James Hardie, who died today, aged 61.

At his press conference in Brisbane, Rudd also said he hoped to have the new Labor ministry finalised and sworn into office by Monday. He said he would announce who he had chosen for the ministry to the caucus meeting on Thursday.

  • Listen to Rudd’s Press Conference (22m)

McKew Wins Bennelong

Labor’s Maxine McKew has triumphed over John Howard in the Sydney electorate of Bennelong.

McKew has secured a swing of 5.79% and is now polling 51.66% of the two-party-preferred vote, a lead of 2,439 votes. It is almost impossible to imagine this lead being overturned by postal and absentee votes. [Read more…]


Nationals Mark Vaile Quits Party Leadership

The outgoing Deputy Prime Minister and leader of The Nationals, Mark Vaile, has announced that he is stepping down.

Mark Vaile, Nationals Member for LyneVaile said it was time for generational change in the party. He said he would continue to represent his NSW electorate of Lyne.

Vaile’s departure means that the top three names in the Howard government have now effectively departed the political scene.

Vaile has represented the northern NSW electorate of Lyne since 1993.

He was appointed Minister for Transport and Regional Development in the Howard government in 1997. In 1998, he became Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In July 1999, he became deputy leader of The Nationals when John Anderson became leader.

Vaile became Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister after Anderson retired in July 2005. He switched portfolios with Warren Truss in 2006 and became Minister for Transport and Regional Services.

  • Listen to Mark Vaile’s Press Conference (21m)