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Baillieu and Brumby Meet in Election Debate

The Victorian Labor Premier, John Brumby, and the Liberal Opposition Leader, Ted Baillieu, have debated each other tonight in the only televised encounter of the 2010 state election.

The one hour debate was a lacklustre event, enlivened by a scrap over Greens preferences. Baillieu insisted that Brumby announce whether the ALP would preference the Greens, whilst Brumby said it was only Liberal preferences that were likely to elect Greens’ candidates.

Baillieu argued that Labor has presided over an increase in violent crime and problems in transport, children in care, and hospitals. He said government debt, waste and mismanagement had to be reined in.

Brumby said they key issue was “who will keep the jobs coming”, arguing that his government’s focus on education and infrastructure was the key “to meeting the challenges of the times ahead”. Brumby said he offered strong leadership and stability.

"Brumby and Baillieu meet in 2010 TV election debate"

Brumby and Baillieu meet in Victorian election debate

  • Listen to the debate (60 mins)

Politics at the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup, the so-called “race that stops a nation”, will be run for the 150th time today.

Such is the pull of this sporting event that it takes precedence over other events and institutions. For instance, the days are long gone when the Federal Parliament met on Melbourne Cup day.

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Yesterday, the Victorian Premier, John Brumby, visited the Governor to set in train the November 27 election. The writs are officially issued today and the government goes into caretaker mode but Brumby would have received next to no media coverage if he’d made the vice-regal call today. [Read more…]


Victorian Labor Minister Lynne Kosky Resigns

This is the resignation statement from Victorian Labor government Transport Minister Lynne Kosky.

Kosky"Kosky has been the member for Altona since 1996.

She has been a minister since the Bracks government took office in October 1999. She began as Minister for Post Compulsory Education, Training and Employment before also taking on the Finance portfolio.

In 2002, she became Minister for Education and Training. Since 2006, she has been Minister for Public Transport and Minister for the Arts.

Kosky cited family health issues as her reason for resigning.

Premier John Brumby paid tribute to Kosky’s contribution to the ALP and the government. [Read more…]


National Day Of Mourning Service For Bushfire Victims

A 90-minute ceremony has taken place at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, as part of the National Day of Mourning for victims of the February 7 bushfires.

Kevin Rudd, John Brumby, Malcolm Turnbull and Ted Baillieu were the major political figures at the service which was also attended by representatives of religious groups. The Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, spoke, as did Princess Anne, representing the Queen.

An orchestra and choir augmented the speeches and messages throughout the service, culminating in Bruce Woodley’s rendition of “We Are Australian”.

  • Listen to the service (complete 95m)
  • Watch an extract of the service (6m)

COAG Meets In Shadow Of Global Financial Crisis

The Council of Australian Governments met in Perth today. It was the first meeting since the election of the Rudd Government which included a Liberal Premier, Colin Barnett, from Western Australia.

A statement issued after the meeting said: “COAG agreed that the present unprecedented upheaval in global financial markets and renewed international scrutiny of their regulation underlines the importance of pressing forward with the COAG reform agenda to enhance the productive capacity and flexibility of the Australian economy. Building on its agreement in July 2008, COAG endorsed an implementation plan to strengthen the Australian financial services and credit regulation framework.” [Read more…]


COAG Chief Ministers’ Press Conference

The annual Council of Australian Government’s meeting has taken place in Canberra.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd met with State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers, all Labor Party representatives.

The press conference following the meeting includes comments by Kevin Rudd and Premiers Morris Iemma (NSW), John Brumby (Vic) and Mike Rann (SA), as well as Chief Minister Jon Stanhope (ACT). [Read more…]


Bracks Resigns As Premier Of Victoria

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks has announced his retirement as Victorian Labor leader, Premier and member for Williamstown. The announcement came at 10.40am, following a Cabinet meeting.

Bracks said he had recently made the choice that he could no longer make the commitment to the job. He confirmed that recent events involving his son contributed to his decision. [Read more…]