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Stephen Smith Announces His Retirement From Parliament

The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, has become the latest minister to announce his retirement.

Smith made his announcement at the end of Question Time today. He will continue as Foreign Minister until the election but will not contest his Western Australian electorate of Perth.

Smith

He has been the member for Perth since 1993 and has served in seven parliaments. [Read more…]


Bob Carr Enters The Senate And Becomes Foreign Minister

Bob CarPrime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that former NSW Premier Bob Carr is to enter the Senate and become Foreign Minister.

After several days of uncertainty and denials, the announcement came as a surprise today when Gillard announced the ministerial reshuffle arising from the resignation of Kevin Rudd and his failed leadership challenge.

Carr will fill the casual Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Mark Arbib. [Read more…]


Meet The Press: Defence Minister Stephen Smith


Defence Minister Announces Review Of ADF Treatment Of Women

The Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, has announced that Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick will lead “an examination of the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy.”

The review will include an examination of “unhealthy drinking cultures”, the impact of social media, and a “cultural stocktake” that will look at the ADF’s codes of conduct and behaviours.

The review was announced by Smith at a press conference this afternoon. He was accompanied by the Chief of the Defence Force, Angus Houston. [Read more…]


Today’s Political Activity

These are today’s briefings from Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and others on Cyclone Yasi. [Read more…]


Stephen Smith and Jason Clare: Defence Press Conference

Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare held a joint press conference today to outline defence procurement plans.

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Transcript of Stephen Smith and Jason Clare press conference.

STEPHEN SMITH:

I’m very pleased to be here with Jason Clare, the Minister for Defence Materiel. We have a range of announcements today but before I deal with those joint announcements can I just make some general remarks? We always knew that this year would be a big year for Defence particularly in terms of procurement and capability and reform in those areas but it’s already been a big year for Defence with the work that Australian Defence Force personnel have been doing, assisting in the floods in Queensland and Victoria. Can I again compliment the good work of our Defence personnel. [Read more…]


AUKMIN III Communique

The third Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations were held at HMAS Watson in Sydney. This is the Joint Communique issued after the talks.

A joint press conference was held after the meeting by the Australian and UK Foreign Ministers, Kevin Rudd and William Hague, and the Defence Ministers, Stephen Smith and Liam Fox. [Read more…]


Queensland Floods: Latest Briefings

These are today’s briefings on the Queensland floods.

  • 4.30pm AEDT – Anna Bligh press conference.
  • 3.45pm AEDT – Defence Minister Stephen Smith, in Perth, announces details of the ADF commitment to the rescue operation in Queensland.
  • 3.00pm AEDT – Tony Abbott press conference in Brisbane.
  • 1.30pm AEDT – Tony Abbott, interviewed on ABC News 24, says “I don’t want to get too political at this stage.”
  • 12.40pm AEDT – Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts and Commissioner Ian Stewart briefing.
  • 12.30pm AEDT – Julia Gillard speaks at Amberley Air Force Base in Queensland.
  • 11.10am AEDT – Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisale discuss the flood situation.
  • 10.35am AEDT – Anna Bligh press conference.

Smith and Newman: Latest Queensland Flood Press Conferences

3.50pm AEDT – Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman have held press conferences on the Queensland flood situation.

Smith gave details of Defence “assets”, mainly helicopters, which are being made available through Amberley air base. [Read more…]


June 23, 2010: Calm And Speculation Before The Storm

The challenge to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd caught most people by surprise on June 23, 2010, but there was nevertheless plenty of speculation in the hours leading up to his dumping.

  • 8.30am – On Sky News AM Agenda, Jason Clare (ALP), Scott Morrison (Lib) and Peter Van Onselen discuss the state of Kevin Rudd’s leadership.
  • 1.55pm – Defence Minister Senator John Faulkner is asked, “as an elder statesman of the Labor Party,” whether there are any circumstances under which he would tap the Prime Minister on the shoulder before the election. Foreign Minister Stephen Smith also responds.
  • 4.15pm – On Sky News PM Agenda, journalists Josh Gordon and Lenore Taylor discuss the state of the Rudd government.