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Abbott Government To Build Second Sydney Airport At Badgerys Creek

The federal government has announced that a second Sydney airport will be built at Badgerys Creek.

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Planning for the new airport is to start immediately, with construction beginning in 2016. The government says most of the cost will be met by a private sector operator.

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, made the announcement at a press conference in Canberra this afternoon. [Read more…]


ALP Pledges To Keep Qantas Australian; Says Jobs Will Be Lost Under Government Plan

The Federal Opposition will oppose the Abbott government’s plan to repeal Section 3 of the Qantas Sale Act.

Speaking at a press conference in Canberra tonight, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Infrastructure and Transport spokesman Anthony Albanese and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said the “Australian icon” and jobs would be lost offshore. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd Resigns From Parliament

Kevin Rudd has announced to the House of Representatives that he is resigning his seat of Griffith immediately.

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Rudd made a 15-minute statement to the House just after 8pm tonight. Towards the end of his sometimes tearful speech, he urged parliamentarians “to be gentle with each other”. He concluded with one more iteration of “got to zip”.

Fulsome tributes were then paid by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Remarks were also made by Joe Hockey, Anthony Albanese, Christopher Pyne, Chris Bowen, Malcolm Turnbull, Tanya Plibersek and Bronwyn Bishop. [Read more…]


Shorten And Albanese In Show Of Unity Following ALP Leadership Election

Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten have spoken to the media following Shorten’s election as the new leader of the ALP.

  • Listen to Albanese (12m)
  • Listen to Shorten (18m)

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The shadow ministry will be elected at a Caucus meeting in Canberra tomorrow. For the first time since Kevin Rudd assumed the power to choose the executive in 2007, the power of selection will be returned to the parliamentary party.

Shorten said he will announced the shadow ministry portfolios on Friday and will hold its first meeting on Monday week.

Shorten said he was resolved to stand up for a price on carbon.

The new Opposition Leader said: “This ballot is the start of the process of developing the right policies which are then explained with persistence.”

Shorten acknowledged it had been a close election. “I don’t mind saying that I did think about what I would do if I didn’t come first.”

This is Bill Shorten’s campaign booklet:

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Bill Shorten Elected ALP Leader

Bill Shorten has been elected leader of the A.L.P.

The result has just been announced, following a Caucus meeting in Canberra.

Shorten won 55 votes to 31 in the Caucus ballot (63.95%) and 40.08% of the membership vote, an overall win of 52.02%.

Shorten polled 12,196 membership votes to Albanese’s 18,230. The ALP says the turnout of 39,426 party members was 74% of those eligible. [Read more…]


Albanese And Shorten Debate ALP Leadership In Melbourne

ALP leadership contenders Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten have debated one another and taken questions from an audience at the Melbourne Trades Hall today.

The 90-minute encounter is the latest in a series of debates the two men have engaged in. They will meet again on the ABC’s Q & A program on Monday.

  • Listen to the debate (97m)

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Albanese And Shorten Meet In ALP Leadership Debate

The two contenders for the ALP leadership have met in a televised debate tonight.

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Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten took questions from an audience of ALP members in Sydney. Each man made opening and closing statements. The debate was moderated by former Keating government minister Michael Lee.

  • Listen to the debate (62m)

Whilst Albanese demonstrated his strong parliamentary style, Shorten emphasised new areas of policy for the ALP to pursue. [Read more…]