Mark Latham: A Big Country – Australia’s National Identity

This is the text of a speech delivered by the Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, to The Global Foundation, in Sydney.

Text of speech by Mark Latham to The Global Foundation.

LathamI have always believed in Australia as a big country – big in size, big in spirit, big in its egalitarian ways. These are the values that will guide a future Labor Government. Always reaching out to our fellow citizens. Always trying to build a more cohesive and just society. Always standing up for Australian independence and Australian sovereignty.

Already we have released a wad of policy aimed at achieving these social goals. Our Read Aloud program for early childhood development. Our Aim Higher policy for TAFE and university access. Our plan to save bulk billing and establish a national dental program. And to help parents balance their work and family commitments, Labor’s Baby Care Payment. [Read more…]

Tetchy Howard Defends Choice Of Waugh As Australian Of The Year

Prime Minister has given a tetchy doorstop interview about whether too many sportspeople were being chosen as Australian of the Year.

It followed the announcement that the retired cricketer, Steve Waugh, had been chosen as Australian of the Year. [Read more…]

Australia’s Latest Population Figures

These are the latest population figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The percentage increase since the last census is shown in brackets.

  • Australia: 19,727,476 (1.3)
  • NSW: 6,657,351 (1.0)
  • Victoria: 4,888,234 (1.4)
  • Queensland: 3,729,028 (2.3)
  • Western Australia: 1,934,494 (1.4)
  • South Australia: 1,522,456 (0.6)
  • Tasmania: 473,365 (0.4)
  • ACT: 322,234 (0.8)
  • Northern Territory: 197,724 (-0.1)
  • Other Territories: 2,590 (0.2)

Bob Carr: What Australia Means To Me

In an extract from his new book, the Premier of NSW, Bob Carr, has described his view of Australian patriotism.

The extract from “What Australia Means To Me” was published in today’s edition of the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

What Australia Means To Me

by Bob Carr

Ten years ago, I said in a speech that there were three elements in an Australian patriotism.

The first was our response to the land itself, unique and beautiful. The second was the people. I said we were a “motley” people, and I meant that in the most generous way, meaning an immigrant people, from diverse sources – indeed, almost every country in the world. [Read more…]