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Crean Accuses Howard Of Destroying Medicare

In a speech to the Australian Council of Trade Unions Medicare Summit, the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, has said the Prime Minister, John Howard, is fulfilling a long-held goal to destory Medicare with the changes announced this week.

Crean said: “For all of its words, John Howard’s policy will destroy Medicare in this country – it can’t do anything else. He is introducing a two-tier system. A two-tier system that even won’t be adequate for the persons on a lower tier that he says that he wants to look after.” [Read more…]

ALP Calls For Hollingworth To Resign

The Leader of the Federal Opposition, Simon Crean, has renewed his call for the Governor-General, Peter Hollingworth, to resign, following the release of The Report of the Board of Inquiry into Past Handling of Complains of Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church Diocese of Brisbane.

Crean said it was important “that our society must lift the veil of secrecy that has hung over allegations of child sexual abuse for too long”. [Read more…]

Kim Beazley’s Press Conference On The ALP Leadership

As tensions continue to mount of the ALP leadership, the former leader, Kim Beazley, has held a press conference.

Beazley relinquished the leadership following his defeat at the 2001 federal election. He was succeeded by Simon Crean, a former President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and a minister in the Hawke and Keating governments. [Read more…]

A War Contrary To Australia’s National Interests: Crean

The Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, made a nationally televised Address to the Nation this evening and argued that the government’s military commitment to Iraq was “a war we should not be in”.

Crean spoke in response to the Prime Minister’s Address yesterday.

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Text of Simon Crean’s televised Address to the Nation.

CreanGood evening.

Sadly, we are tonight a deeply divided nation.

We are divided because the government and the Prime Minister have committed us to a war we should not be in. It is a war contrary to Australia’s national interests. [Read more…]

Why Labor Does Not Support The War: Crean

The Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, addressed the National Press Club in Canberra today and argued that Australia should not be involved in the Iraq war.

During the course of his appearance, the first strikes against Iraq took place.

This is the transcript of Crean’s address.

Text of Simon Crean’s Address to the National Press Club.

CreanAs I speak, we are a nation on the brink of war.

A war we should not be in.

A war to which 2000 of our fighting men and women were committed many months ago but were told about last Tuesday.

A war to which we are one of only four countries prepared to join the U.S. in putting troops on the ground, despite claims of a coalition of up to thirty.

A war which, for the first time in our history, Australia has joined as an aggressor. [Read more…]

Simon Crean’s Address To Parliament On Iraq

This is the prepared text of Opposition Leader Simon Crean’s Address to the House of Representatives on Iraq.

Simon Crean statement to the House of Representatives on Iraq.

The statement by the Prime Minister is his argument for war, not a plan for peace.

It only took the Prime Minister until only the second page of his statement to conclude that the only possible outcome is war.

There are several things on which we agree. [Read more…]

You Should Not Be Going: Crean To Troops

The Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, has told troops at the official farewell to the HMAS Kanimbla that “I don’t believe you should be going”.

Crean claimed that it was a political decision that pre-empts consideration by the United Nations over the coming weeks and months.

The Opposition Leader emphasised that whilst he deplored the decision to send the troops, ” do support our troops and always will, and that distinction is fundamentally important.”

Transcript of speech delivered by the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, at the farewell to HMAS Kanimbla, at Garden Island, Sydney.

CreanGovernor-General, Prime Minister, Head of Defence Forces, Head of the Navy, men and women of the Kanimbla and their families who are gathered here today for us to farewell you and to wish you God speed and a safe and speedy return.

I don’t want to mince my words because I don’t believe that you should be going. I don’t think that there should be a deployment of troops to Iraq ahead of the United Nations determining it. But that’s a political decision, that’s an argument that the Prime Minister and I will have, no doubt, over coming weeks and months. [Read more…]

2002 Christmas Messages: Howard, Crean And Hollingworth

Prime Minister John Howard’s Christmas Message

HowardDec 24 – Christmas is a time for all of us to be thankful that we live in Australia with all that it has to offer. It is a time of hope and, for many, spiritual renewal.

Our thoughts go out, especially, to the families of the young and innocent who perished at the hand of evil in Bali. We feel for the citizens of other nations who have shared our loss and hope that memories of earlier times will help to sustain them all through their grief.

Equally, we celebrate the courage exhibited by the survivors and recognise the efforts of emergency personnel. [Read more…]

ALP Proposes Office Of National Security

The ALP has proposed an Office of National Security to identify threats to Australia and direct Australia’s national security and intelligance effort.

The Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, says the national security policy established during the Cold War “is no longer equipped to meet the threat now posed to Australia by global terrorism”.

Text of a statement released by Simon Crean, Leader of the Opposition.

A Federal Labor Government will establish an Office of National Security to identify threats to Australia and direct Australia’s national security and intelligence effort.

The Office will be headed by a National Security Adviser who will report directly to the Prime Minister, and take direct responsibility for the co-ordination of all national security and intelligence information. [Read more…]

Simon Crean’s Address To The National Press Club

This is the text of Opposition Leader Simon Crean’s Address to the National Press Club.

Text of Opposition Leader Simon Crean’s Address to the National Press Club.

CreanIt’s a shame this speech coincided with the Prime Minister’s XI cricket match, but by the size of our audience here today it looks like England batted first.

The first twelve months

It’s been a difficult twelve months – for me, the party and the nation.

But it’s been a tougher twelve months for Australian families.

I want to change things for them, and for the better. [Read more…]