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Simon Crean’s Resignation Statement

Federal Opposition Leader Simon Crean has resigned his leadership of the ALP and called a Caucus ballot for next Tuesday to choose a new leader.

Crean“I won’t be a candidate for the leadership,” Crean said.

Crean said it had become obvious to him “that I no longer have the confidence of the leadership group and a majority of my Shadow Ministry”.

Crean has been leader of the ALP since November 2001, after Kim Beazley’s defeat in the federal election that month.

He faced a leadership challenge from Kim Beazley last June but survived by 58 votes to 34. [Read more…]

Remember Who Dug The Well: Crean Welcomes Hu

This is the text of the address of welcome to the President of China, Hu Jintao, by the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean.

The speech was delivered to a joint sitting of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Text of Simon Crean’s speech of welcome to China’s President Hu Jintao.

CreanMr President.

I’ve already had the opportunity to welcome you to Australia.

I now welcome you to our national Parliament.

Your historic presence in this Parliament – so soon after your inauguration as President of the People’s Republic of China – testifies to the importance and continuity of the China-Australia relationship. [Read more…]

President Bush Addresses Australian Parliament; Greens Ejected

United States President George W. Bush has addressed the Australian Parliament during his visit to Canberra.

The speech was punctuated by interjections from Greens senators Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle. [Read more…]

Simon Crean: Address To National Congress Of The RSL

Opposition Leader Simon Crean has addressed the National Congress of the Returned and Services League.

The National Congress met at the Adelaide Town Hall.

Text of Simon Crean’s Address to the National Congress of the RSL.

CreanHer Excellency, the Governor, Marjorie Jackson-Nelson.

The Minister for Defence, Senator Hill.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dana Vale. [Read more…]

Crean Reshuffles Shadow Ministry After Defeating Beazley Challenge

After Simon Crean’s defeat of Kim Beazley’s leadership challenge, the following Shadow Ministry was announced. [Read more…]

Simon Crean Survives Leadership Challenge From Kim Beazley

The ALP leader, Simon Crean, survived a leadership challenge from Kim Beazley on June 16, 2003.

Crean, leader since 2001, defeated Beazley by 58 votes to 34.

Beazley was formerly ALP leader from 1996 until 2001.

The challenge to Crean’s leadership came as elements of the ALP worried that the former Hawke and Keating minister was incapable of appealing to the electorate.

In the days leading up to the challenge, shadow ministers Wayne Swan and Stephen Smith said the electorate had stopped listening to Crean. They argued the ALP faced a “train wreck” in the election due in 2004.

Crean survived as leader for another six months before he was persuaded to resign. Mark Latham defeated Kim Beazley and went on to be defeated by Prime Minister John Howard in the 2004 election.

  • Listen to Caucus secretary Bob Sercombe announce the ballot result (1m)
  • Listen to Kim Beazley’s remarks after the ballot (3m)
  • Listen to Simon Crean’s remarks (4m)

Swan And Smith Desert Crean For Beazley

Senior shadow ministers Wayne Swan and Stephen Smith have deserted Labor leader Simon Crean and thrown their support behind the return of Kim Beazley.

The ballot for the Labor leadership is scheduled for June 16.

The former leader, Kim Beazley, declared his candidacy on June 06.

Swan and Smith say that a “train wreck” is coming if Crean remains leader. They say that the electorate has stopped listening to Crean. [Read more…]

Crean And Beazley Spar Over Leadership Challenge Claims

The Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, and his predecessor, Kim Beazley, have continued sparring over the ALP leadership.

In an interview on Sky News today, Crean claimed that Beazley had given him an undertaking not to challenge for the leadership.

Beazley responded to Crean’s remarks and praised the Shadow Treasurer for his Budget Response. [Read more…]

Simon Crean’s 2003 Budget Reply Speech

This is the prepared text of the Budget Reply by the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean.

In responding to the government’s budget, Crean made a series of commitments on Medicare, education, water and corporate salaries. [Read more…]

Crean Reiterates Call For Hollingworth To Resign

The Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, has reiterated his call for the Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, to resign.

Crean’s call came after the Governor-General denied an allegation of rape, following the lifting of a suppression order by the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Text of media statement from the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean.

Regardless of the outcome of the case revealed today by the lifting of a suppression order by the Supreme Court of Victoria, it is clear that a profound human tragedy has occurred. [Read more…]