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Gareth Evans On ALP Philosophy

This is the Introduction to Chapter 1 of the ALP’s Draft National Platform by Gareth Evans.

Evans is the ALP’s Deputy Leader. The ALP Platform is under consideration at the party’s National Conference in Hobart.

Introduction to Chapter 1 of the ALP Draft National Platform, by Gareth Evans.

One of the most extraordinary and marvellous things about this Labor Party and movement of ours throughout our long history has been our capacity to renew ourselves.

We started out as essentially a rural-based workingman’s party in the early decades; became a mainstream industrial labour party in the 1930s and 40s and 50s; and became in turn a more self consciously broad-based social democratic party in the 1960s and 70s. [Read more…]

Kernot Quits Democrats To Join Labor

Senator Cheryl Kernot defected from the Australian Democrats to join the ALP on October 15, 1997.

Kernot resigned as leader of the Democrats, as a member of the party, and from the Senate.

She said she stood ready to contest a Liberal-held marginal seat for the ALP. At the 1998 federal election, Kernot narrowly won election to the Queensland electorate of Dickson. She was defeated at the 2001 election.

  • Listen to an extract of Kernot’s press conference (3m – transcript below)


Transcript of Cheryl Kernot’s resignation press conference.

Cheryl KernotI have called this press conference today to inform you of my decision to resign as Leader of the Australian Democrats, and as a member of both the party and the Senate.

I fully appreciate this decision will come as a shock to members of a party I have served for 17 years. But it is a decision which, in the past 18 months, has grown unavoidable for two reasons. One, my personal and growing sense of outrage at the damage being done to Australia by the Howard Government. And two, my concern that from my position in the Senate I had a limited capacity to minimise that damage. [Read more…]

Sen. Stephen Conroy (ALP-Vic) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech of Victorian ALP Senator Stephen Conroy.

Conroy was appointed to the Senate on April 30, under Section 15 of the Constitution, to fill a casual vacancy created by the resignation of Senator Gareth Evans. His term will expire on June 30, 1999.

Conroy, 33, is a former research assistant to Senator Robert Ray and a superannuation officer with the Transport Workers’ Union. He is a member of the ALP’s right-wing Labor Unity faction.

Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Senator Stephen Conroy. [Read more…]

Kim Beazley’s ALP Shadow Ministry 1996

Following the defeat of the Keating government in March 1996, Kim Beazley was elected leader of the ALP on March 19, 1996.

  1. The Hon. Kim Christian Beazley MP
    Leader of the Opposition
  2. The Hon. Gareth John Evans QC, MP
    Deputy Leader of the Opposition
    Shadow Treasurer
  3. Senator the Hon. John Philip Faulkner
    Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
    Shadow Minister for Social Security
  4. Senator the Hon. Nicholas John Sherry
    Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
    Shadow Minister for Finance and Superannuation
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Paul Keating Announces March 2, 1996 Federal Election

At a press conference on Sunday, January 27, Prime Minister Paul Keating announced that the 1996 Federal Election would be held on March 2.

The election was held at the scheduled time for the House of Representatives and half of the Senate. It brought to an end 13 years of Labor government under Bob Hawke (1983-91) and Paul Keating (1991-96) and was the first of four consecutive victories by John Howard and the Liberal-National coalition.

Keating said: “This will be an Election about leadership. We seek a further mandate for the Government that has given Australia an increasingly creative role in the world; that has created an outward looking, diverse, competitive and successful trading economy; and provided strong economic growth and record growth in employment. It will be an Election about both domestic and foreign policies, because the two cannot be separated.”

In his announcement, Keating challenged the coalition to take part in a series of election debates between the four most senior members of each side. This did not take place. One debate between Keating and Howard took place on February 11.

Text of statement by Prime Minister Paul Keating.



Today I called upon the Governor-General and recommended that the House of Representatives be dissolved, with a view to holding an Election for the House and half the Senate on March 2, and he has accepted my recommendation. [Read more…]

International Treaties: Their Impact On Australia

This is the full text of a Keynote Address by Senator the Hon Gareth Evans QC, Minister for Foreign Affairs, to the International Treaties Conference, Canberra, 4 September 1995.

Speech by Gareth Evans to the International Treaties Conference.

EvansThis conference on international treaties is certainly timely. Australia’s involvement in treaty making is currently being examined in a number of forums; there is now a Senate Committee looking at the operation of the external affairs power in the Constitution; and there is legislation currently before the Parliament dealing with the effect of treaties on administrative decision making. I think there can be no doubt that treaties do have an important and developing influence on many aspects of Australian society and I want to examine their impact in a little detail. But first I think it would be useful to spend a few moments in considering what treaties actually are, and perhaps more importantly, what they are not. I feel constrained to do so because of the misinformation, some of it quite deliberately spread, which has clouded the whole issue of treaty-making over the last couple of years. [Read more…]

Second Keating Ministry – 1993

This is the full list of Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Second Ministry, sworn in on March 24, 1993, following the 1993 federal election.

Paul Keating became Prime Minister in December 1991. The Labor government he led won its fifth successive election win in March 1993. [Read more…]