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Joe Hockey (Lib – North Sydney) – Valedictory Speech

The former Treasurer, Joe Hockey, has delivered his valedictory speech to the House of Representatives.

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Hockey will resign this week and is expected to be appointed Australian Ambassador to the United States, replacing former ALP leader Kim Beazley. [Read more…]


Malcolm Turnbull’s Press Conference Announcing His Challenge To Tony Abbott

4.15pm – Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he has resigned from the Abbott ministry and will challenge the Prime Minister for the leadership of the Liberal Party.

Turnbull approached Abbott shortly after Question Time and informed him of his challenge. Abbott has made no public statement yet.

Turnbull held a media conference in the grounds of Parliament House. He said Abbott had failed to provide economic leadership and the government had been behind in 30 Newspolls in a row. [Read more…]


Don Randall, Liberal Member For Canning, Dies, 62

The Liberal member for the Western Australian electorate of Canning, Don Randall, has been found dead in his car in Boddington, south of Perth, today.

RandallRandall was first elected to Parliament in 1996 as the member for Swan. Defeated in 1998, he returned in 2001 as the member for Canning, winning re-election in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Earlier this year, Randall seconded a spill motion against Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The motion was moved by fellow Western Australian MP Luke Simpkins and was defeated in the partyroom by 61 votes to 39.

A by-election will now be held in Canning. It will test whether the strength of feeling against the Abbott government is as strong as Randall said it was in February.

At the last election, Randall held the seat with 51.07% of the primary vote and 61.81% of the two-party vote. In 2010, he won the seat with 52.19%. [Read more…]


White Paper On Developing Northern Australia Released

A White Paper on developing Northern Australia has been released by the federal government.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Trade Minister Andrew Robb released the report.

In its introduction, the ministers say:

Northern Australia can grasp its full potential and become an economic powerhouse within our great country.

Our north’s future will come from its people, its ingenuity, its diversity, and its proximity to Asia. Covering 40 per cent of Australia’s land mass, our north has the resources, the connections across the Tropics, and the land, skills and institutions that the Indo-Pacific region needs; a region that has the savings and the markets to drive northern prosperity.

This White Paper is an essential part of our plan to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia. We can take advantage of our strengths and our natural advantages.

We will fix the roads and telecommunications, build the dams and deliver the certainty that landholders and water users need.

We will drive down the costs of operating in the north for business; making it a more attractive place to invest and work. By making the right regulations and infrastructure investments, we can encourage jobs and tackle the costs of living far from major cities.

Governments alone cannot develop Northern Australia, they can only set the right environment for businesses to profitably invest and communities to flourish. The north will only truly achieve its potential with the participation of all the people who live there, including Indigenous Australians.

…We want this White Paper to be the foundation on which successive Commonwealth governments can continue this important work over coming decades.

The White Paper is shown below. It can be expanded and downloaded.

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In Aftermath Of Leadership Ballot, A Message From The Prime Minister

A month after the failed attempt to spill the Liberal Party leadership, Tony Abbott has released “a message from the Prime Minister”.

The statement came on the 18-month anniversary of the coalition’s 2013 federal election victory.

Abbott repeats his standard lines about stopping the boats and repealing the carbon and mining taxes. “And we’ve listened to you,” he says, citing the withdrawal of the Medicare co-payment and a pay rise for the defence forces.

The spill motion on February 9 was defeated by 61 votes to 39. The size of the affirmative vote is widely seen as highlighting the danger Abbott’s leadership is in. After the vote, Abbott said: “Good government starts today.”

This is the statement: [Read more…]


Electoral Pocketbook – 2015

The Australian Electoral Commission has released its latest Electoral Pocketbook, containing the full results of the 2013 Federal Election.

The pocketbook also includes the results of the 2014 Western Australian Senate re-run election.

The pocketbook is shown below. It can be expanded and downloaded. [Read more…]


Tony Abbott’s Remarks At G20 Leaders’ Retreat

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has welcomed world leaders to the G20 meeting in Brisbane.

AbbottSpeaking in the former Legislative Council chamber of the Queensland Parliament, Abbott said: “This room symbolises the limitations on our power.”

Abbott emphasised the importance of economic reform. He told the gathering his government had repealed the carbon tax, stopped the “illegal boats”, started building roads and getting the Budget under control. [Read more…]