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Tony Abbott In Canada

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in Canada, following his trip to France for the D-Day commemoration.

Abbott spoke warmly of Australian-Canadian relations and gave a brief speech at the Canadian War Museum.

At a media conference, Abbott canvassed a wide range of issues, including Canadian investment in Australia. Questioned about domestic politics, he defended his paid parental leave.

At one stage during the 18-minute media conference, Abbott inadvertently said “Canadia” before correcting himself. The slip of the tongue caused much excitement on social media.

  • Watch the “Canadia” slip (24s)
  • Listen to Abbott’s media conference (18m)

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  • Listen to Abbott’s speech at the Canadian War Museum (5m)

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The Queen’s 2013 Christmas Message

Queen Elizabeth II has delivered her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth.

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The theme of the 87-year-old monarch’s televised address was “reflection”. It focussed on the birth of her great-grandson and heir, Prince George, the 60th anniversary of her coronation in 1953, and looked ahead to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year. [Read more…]


British Foreign Secretary William Hague’s Howard Lecture

This is the audio of UK Foreign Secretary William Hague’s Howard Lecture at the Menzies Resource Centre in Sydney.

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Hague was introduced by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. He also answered questions. Former Prime Minister John Howard gave the thank you speech. [Read more…]


Howard Lecture: Tony Abbott Introduces William Hague

This is the text and audio of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s speech to the Menzies Research Centre, in Sydney.

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Abbott introduced UK Foreign Secretary William Hague who gave the John Howard Lecture. [Read more…]


AUKMIN III Communique

The third Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations were held at HMAS Watson in Sydney. This is the Joint Communique issued after the talks.

A joint press conference was held after the meeting by the Australian and UK Foreign Ministers, Kevin Rudd and William Hague, and the Defence Ministers, Stephen Smith and Liam Fox. [Read more…]


Howard And Rudd Speak At Luncheon For Canadian Prime Minister Harper

Following the APEC Forum, a parliamentary luncheon was held for the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd both spoke at the luncheon.

Howard also announced an agreement had been reached with Canada on climate change and energy. [Read more…]


John Howard’s Address At Opening Of CHOGM In Nigeria

This is Prime Minister John Howard’s speech at the opening of CHOGM.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is being held in Nigeria. [Read more…]