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A War Contrary To Australia’s National Interests: Crean

The Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, made a nationally televised Address to the Nation this evening and argued that the government’s military commitment to Iraq was “a war we should not be in”.

Crean spoke in response to the Prime Minister’s Address yesterday.

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Text of Simon Crean’s televised Address to the Nation.

CreanGood evening.

Sadly, we are tonight a deeply divided nation.

We are divided because the government and the Prime Minister have committed us to a war we should not be in. It is a war contrary to Australia’s national interests. [Read more…]

War Is Right, Lawful And In Our Interests: Howard

Following the commencement of the United States-led war against Iraq, the Prime Minister, John Howard, delivered a televised Address to the Nation in which he claimed that that the war was right, lawful and in Australia’s national interests.

“We are determined to join other countries to deprive Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction,” Howard said. [Read more…]

Kim Beazley’s Address To The Nation On Wik

Opposition Leader Kim Beazley has delivered an Address to the Nation on the Wik native title issue.

Beazley was responding to Prime Minister John Howard’s address last night.

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John Howard’s Address To The Nation On Wik

This is Prime Minister John Howard’s Address to the Nation on the Wik native title issue.

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Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s Address to the Nation on Wik.

Good Evening. Tonight I would like to talk to you about striking a fair and decent balance in this very difficult debate about Wik or Native Title. You all know there has been a lot of debate and a lot of differences of opinion but I think we all agree on one thing and that is the sooner we get this debate over and get the whole issue behind us the better for all of us. [Read more…]