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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)


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


The Queen’s 2013 Christmas Message

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


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.


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.


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…]

Queen Elizabeth II’s 2002 Christmas Message

This is Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message to the Commonwealth.

This is the 50th Christmas Message, since the Queen ascended to the throne in February 1952. [Read more…]

Queen Mother A Great And Gracious Lady: Howard

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died yesterday at the age of 101.

Howard held a press conference in Sydney.

  • Listen to Howard (25s)

Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s press conference on the death of the Queen Mother.

Queen MotherPRIME MINISTER: Well, ladies and gentlemen, I know that all Australians will join me in mourning the passing of a very great and gracious lady, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It is a time of mourning but it is also very particularly a time of thanksgiving for a quite remarkable life. A life which touched three centuries and the death of The Queen Mother removes a link with events long ago which have shaped the history of this country as well as the history of the United Kingdom and many other member countries of the commonwealth. She was a person who led a quite amazing life. It was not only very long but it was also a life governed by a loyalty and tradition and commitment to service. She embodied values of old-fashioned patriotism, of stoicism, of commitment to family and commitment to nation and commitment to an ideal. It will never be forgotten that during the darkest days of World War II, beside her husband, the late King George VI, she refused to leave London during the worst of the Nazi onslaught and was constantly with her late husband encouraging and uplifting the spirits their beleaguered people. [Read more…]

Move With The Times To Remain Relevant, Queen Tells CHOGM

Australia’s Head of State, the British Queen Elizabeth II, speaking in her capacity as Head of the Commonwealth, has officially opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Coolum, on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland.

  • Listen to the Queen’s speech (7m)
  • Listen to Don McKinnon, Commonwealth Secretary-General (7m)
  • Listen to the opening music (16m)
  • Listen to Waltzing Matilda (3m)

Text of Queen Elizabeth II’s speech at the opening of CHOGM.

QueenMr Prime Minister, Mr Secretary General, President Mbeki, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased to be with you today in Coolum. I am delighted that this meeting takes place in Australia, one of the Commonwealth’s founding members. I know it was originally planned to coincide with the Centenary of Federation last year, but that is still recent enough for us to congratulate the people of this country on that major milestone in their history. May I thank you, Mr Prime Minister, for the warm welcome we have all received in Australia.

May I also express my best wishes to you, Mr Secretary General, as you embark on your important responsibilities at this your first Heads of Government Meeting in your present post, although you are of course no stranger to Commonwealth meetings. [Read more…]