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Wayne Swan: Connecting With The Missing Middle – Reforming The Parliament And The ALP

Wayne Swan, the ALP’s Shadow Minister for Families and Community Services, has made a major speech analysing the outcome of the 2001 Federal Election and proposing a series of constitutional, parliamentary and electoral reforms, as well as reforms to the ALP.

SwanSwan delivered the speech to the Fabian Society. It is titled: Connecting With The Missing Middle: Reforming The Parliament And The ALP. The full speech appears below.

Swan, the member for Lilley, advocates radical reforms to the ALP’s structure and organisation, in the wake of the party’s third successive election defeat last November. Swan has also proposed a number of parliamentary reforms to revitalise the political process. [Read more…]

Kim Beazley’s 2001 Federal Election Policy Speech

The Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley, delivered his 2001 Federal Election policy speech at the Hurstville Entertainment Centre in Sydney on October 31.

“I want the job,” Beazley told his audience, claiming that he was committed, qualified and “here for the long haul”.

  • Listen to Beazley’s speech (37m)
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Text of Kim Beazley’s 2001 election policy speech.

Men and women of Australia:

Today I offer myself as Prime Minister of this great country.

I want the job — I’m committed, I’m qualified, and I’m here for the long haul.

I have a plan to deliver a fair share, and a secure future, for all Australians.

I stand for the best possible education for all, not just the rich.

I stand for a health system where your Medicare Card is more important than your credit card.

I will put the care back into aged care.

I stand for making the GST simpler and fairer, for relieving the burden on small business, and on families. [Read more…]

Liberals Attack Beazley Over Knowledge Nation

The Liberal Party has launched a new television commercial attacking Kim Beazley’s Knowledge Nation policy.

The commercial appears against the backdrop of the flow chart diagram designed by the ALP’s former President, Barry Jones. The government has ridiculed the diagram as akin to a “spaghetti” policy. The Treasurer, Peter Costello, regularly refers to the “noodle nation”.

Noodle Nation

The voice-over accompanying the commercial claims the policy hasn’t been costed and suggests that the ALP isn’t interested in basic questions such as literacy testing of students and apprenticeship places. [Read more…]

Kim Beazley’s Knowledge Nation Policy

The Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley, has outlined the ALP’s plan for a Knowledge Nation.

Beazley began the political year with an address to the National Press Club.

Text of Kim Beazley’s Address to the National Press Club.

Opposition Leader Kim BeazleyOn Monday, I set out our priorities for government – education for all, rebuilding Medicare, better living standards for all Australians wherever they live, and building a Knowledge Nation.

Today I want to expand on one of those priorities – building a Knowledge Nation.

The terms and conditions of success for any nation in the 21st Century begin with its investment in its people and creating an innovative society.

A successful nation must be a fair nation. The new opportunities must be spread as widely as possible to win the support of all our people for change.

In Australia’s case this is doubly important. Because our population is so small, we need to harness everyone’s talents and energies, not just the wealthy few, if we are to succeed this century. [Read more…]

Factsheet: Labor’s Online University Proposal

This is a factsheet issued by the ALP providing details about its proposed online university.

The policy forms part of the ALP’s Knowledge Nation strategy released today by the Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley.

ALP policy for an online university.

The University of Australia Online

Labor’s University of Australia Online has two major goals:

  • to increase the number of Australians completing university degrees;
  • to make Australia the world-leader in online education.

We must increase access to university because we know that our economy needs more skilled graduates and that certain groups of Australians still do not participate fully in higher education.

[Read more…]

Kim Beazley’s 2000 Budget Reply Speech

This is the text of Opposition Leader Kim Beazley’s Budget Reply speech in the House of Representatives.

Budget Reply speech by Kim Beazley, Leader of the Opposition.

BeazleyMr Speaker, as I have travelled around this country over the last 12 months, wherever I go, I hear the same questions.

People are asking me “if the economy is supposed to be going so well, why are things so tough for me and my family?”

They are asking me why, when the Government says the economic good times are rolling, their local public hospital is overcrowded, and can’t cope with more than the most urgent cases?

They ask me why the local public school is run down, the computers broken, and the classrooms overcrowded.

They ask me why they are getting hit almost every month now with another rate rise on their mortgage.

And they are asking why, when things are supposed to be going well, the society they live in is getting harsher, less caring, more divisive.

Those people who have asked me these questions over the last twelve months would have found no answers on Tuesday night from this Budget.

Indeed, all that Australian families would have found in this Budget would be higher taxes, higher prices, and more pressure on interest rates. [Read more…]