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Labor And The World: Mark Latham Outlines Opposition Foreign Policy

Opposition Leader Mark Latham has addressed the Lowy Institute, outlining the ALP’s foreign policy.

Latham said “the world which the next Labor Government will confront is very different from the world the last Labor Government faced”. With the Cold War over, “we have entered this new century with a single strategic and political superpower, the United States.”

Economic globalisation is “another equally important force..transforming the world”, Latham said. “It is blurring the traditional distinctioms between domestic and foreign policy.” [Read more…]

Greens Say Schieffer Should Butt Out

This is the text of a statement from the Australian Greens Senator, Bob Brown.

It follows statements on the American alliance from the Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, and responses from the US Ambassador to Australia, Tom Schieffer. [Read more…]

Howard Defends Free Trade Agreement With U.S.

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has strongly defended the proposed Free Trade Agreement with the United States.

Speaking at a press conference in Canberra, Howard fielded questions on sugar, local content rules in television, and the possibility of a flood of American imports.

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Transcript of John Howard’s press conference.


Everybody, welcome back. I haven’t seen you, or most of you for ages. Well ladies and gentlemen, I’ve called this news conference to announce that Cabinet has given broad approval, in principle – which is all one can do at this stage – at the negotiated Free Trade Agreement concluded yesterday in Washington between Australia and the United States.

Let me start by congratulating Mark Vaile and all the other members of the negotiating team who did such an outstanding job. And in particular, I want to add to my thanks to Mark, Steve Deady the head negotiator, Ashton Calvert the head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. And also Michael Thawley the Australian Ambassador in Washington who’s been an indefatigable champion of this agreement now the whole time that he’s been our representative in the United States. [Read more…]

Howard Lauds “Rich Historical Relationship” With United States

Prime Minister John Howard has praised Australia’s historical association with the United States as a “rich historical relationship” that is more than just a legalistic alliance.

Howard spoke to an Australian American Association luncheon in Melbourne.

Referring to Australia’s military commitment to the American operation in Iraq, Howard said: “The decision we took then was in the Government’s very strong judgement right and nothing that has occurred since has in any way qualified or altered my view.”

Transcript of John Howard’s Address to the Australian American Association at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne.

Thank you very much Geoffrey for that very kind introduction. The Ambassador of the United States Tom Schieffer, Tony McAdam, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, other very distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. [Read more…]