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Classic Interview: Lisa Clutterham, Lalor ALP Preselection Candidate

The ALP preselection for Lalor, brought about by the retirement of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, took a comical turn today with a radio appearance by candidate Lisa Clutterham.

Clutterham, a 29-year-old junior diplomat who has never lived in Melbourne and only joined the ALP last month, was interviewed by Jon Faine on ABC774.

Clutterham conceded she had no connections with Melbourne. She said her partner had visited relatives in Werribee. [Read more…]

Julia Gillard: The Role Of Government – A Labor View

This is the text of a speech given by Julia Gillard, the ALP’s Shadow Minister for Health.

Gillard, the member for Lalor since 1998, was giving the Annual Jim Cairns Memorial Lecture, named in honour of her predecessor, at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Text of Julia Gillard’s Jim Cairns Memorial Lecture.

The Role of Government – A Labor View for 2005


It is my great pleasure to be here to honour with you the memory of Jim Ford Cairns, Member for Yarra and one of my predecessors as Member for Lalor.

Jim Cairns had the courage to dream of a better world. He believed in what he called “long term valuative change”. From the perspective of 2005, when so much that should be at the moral core of Australia’s public life has been corroded, his view that those in public life should inspire us to be better people and aspire to make this nation a better place, seems almost quaint. [Read more…]