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Coalition Defeats Labor In NSW Election; O’Farrell New Premier

The NSW Labor government has been defeated in a massive swing at today’s election, after 16 years in office.

O'Farrell

The widely-expected defeat has seen a two-party-preferred swing against the ALP of around 16%. The Liberal-Nationals have around 64% of the two-party vote. [Read more…]


Rann Now Longest-Serving Premier

Peter Beattie’s resignation as Queensland Premier will elevate South Australia’s Mike Rann to the position of longest-serving state premier. Rann was elected in March 2002.

Mike Rann, Premier of South AustraliaThe Northern Territory Chief Minister, Clare Martin, will become the longest-serving state or territory head of government, having been elected in August 2001. She just eclipses the ACT’s Jon Stanhope, elected in November 2001.

The retirements of Bob Carr (elected 1995), Steve Bracks (1999) and Beattie (1998) have resulted in the Labor governments which dominate the Australian states and territories moving to a second-generation of leaders.

Western Australian Premier Geoff Gallop (elected February 2001) resigned due to ill-health in January 2006. Tasmanian Premier Jim Bacon (elected September 1998) also resigned due to ill-health in February 2004.

Rann remains the last-elected and only original member of the clutch of Labor Premiers elected between 1995 and 2002.

John Howard remains the longest-serving head of government, having been Prime Minister since March 11, 1996.


John Brogden Resigns: “I Acted Dishonourably”

The NSW Opposition Leader, John Brogden, has announced his resignation at a press conference in Sydney this morning.

John Brogden, former Leader of the NSW OppositionBrogden has been under intense political pressure since yesterday’s revelations of his behaviour at a function some weeks ago at which he referred to former Premier Bob Carr’s wife, Helena, as a “mail order bride” and made advances to female journalists.

It is most likely that Brogden will be replaced by his deputy, Barry O’Farrell. The Liberal Party will meet on Wednesday to choose a replacement. In announcing his resignation, Brogden attacked the President of the Young Liberals for promoting a campaign against him. [Read more…]


Bob Carr Claims Victory, John Brogden Concedes Defeat In NSW State Election

The ALP easily won the 2003 New South Wales state election.

The ALP won 55 seats, the same number it had won in 1999. The Liberal Party retained the 20 seats it had won in 1999, whilst the National Party won 12 seats, a loss of one.

It was the ALP’s third consecutive victory (1995,1999 & 2003) under Bob Carr. Carr retired in 2005.

These are the speeches by Premier Bob Carr and Opposition Leader John Brogden on election night. [Read more…]


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…]


Council Of Australian Governments Joint Press Conference on Stem Cell Research

The meeting of the Council of Australian Governments, held in Canberra on Friday, is being hailed by the participants as the best ever.

The major decision of COAG was an agreement on stem cell research. For the first time ever, all the State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers are from the ALP, with Prime Minister John Howard representing the non-Labor Federal government.

The Premiers were no doubt keen to demonstrate that wall-to-wall Labor governments are good for the federal compact, but there seemed also to be a genuine belief that the COAG meeting had been productive. There was effusive praise from the Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, for the Prime Minister. [Read more…]


A Brief History of the N.S.W. Carr Labor Government

The New South Wales Labor Government, led by Premier Bob Carr, was first elected in 1995.

NSW Premier Bob CarrAt that election, it narrowly defeated the coalition government of John Fahey. Fahey had succeeded Nick Greiner who resigned after an adverse finding, subsequently overturned, by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Greiner had won an overwhelming victory against Labor in 1988, but was forced to rely on the support of Independents after the 1992 election.

During Fahey’s period as Premier, NSW secured the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. [Read more…]