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Albanese Confronts ‘No Carbon Tax’ Rally In Grayndler

Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese spoke to a ‘No Carbon Tax’ rally outside his electorate office in Marrickville today.

The rally targeted Albanese for his reference to the recent Convoy of No Confidence as a Convoy of No Consequence.

The video below is one of those rare occasions these days when politicians speak at hostile public meetings. It’s worth watching to see how Albanese deals with the crowd.

Coalition shadow minister Sophie Mirabella spoke to the rally after Albanese.



Today’s Political Activity

These are today’s briefings from Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and others on Cyclone Yasi. [Read more…]


A Flurry of Activity – and it’s only January 7

The federal government and opposition have been busy today, even though it is only the first week of January.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been in Western Australia where she held a press conference about the education tax rebate and other issues. [Read more…]


Personal Explanations – House of Representatives

Members of Parliament may rise in the chamber and claim to be misrepresented.

Members who claim to be misrepresented are permitted to give a brief personal explanation.

This is the text and audio of personal explanations from three members of the House of Representatives on November 29, 2004.

The three members were: Ian Causley, the National Party member for Page; Anthony Albanese, the ALP member for Grayndler; and Tony Windsor, the independent member for New England. All three members were from New South Wales. [Read more…]


ALP Calls For Hollingworth To Resign

The Leader of the Federal Opposition, Simon Crean, has renewed his call for the Governor-General, Peter Hollingworth, to resign, following the release of The Report of the Board of Inquiry into Past Handling of Complains of Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church Diocese of Brisbane.

Crean said it was important “that our society must lift the veil of secrecy that has hung over allegations of child sexual abuse for too long”. [Read more…]


Anthony Albanese (ALP-Grayndler) – Maiden Speech

Anthony Albanese was first elected to the Sydney seat of Grayndler at the 1996 federal election.

  • Listen to Albanese’s maiden speech (22m)
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Hansard transcript of Anthony Albanese’s Maiden Speech to the House of Representatives.

AlbaneseMr ALBANESE (5.00 p.m.) —I am very honoured to enter this chamber as the representative of the Australian Labor Party for the electorate of Grayndler. I would like to sincerely thank the electors of Grayndler for showing confidence in my ability to represent their interests. I would also like to thank the over 1,000 party members in Grayndler who worked so hard during the election campaign to ensure the seat remained with Labor. I believe that my campaign team, led by the best young campaign director in the country, Tim Gartrell, was second to none. [Read more…]