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Australia’s Afghanistan Commitment: John Faulkner And Stephen Smith Press Conference

Amid the mounting challenge to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s leadership, the Defence and Foreign Ministers held a press conference on Australia’s commitment to Afghanistan.

The Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, held the press conference at 1.30pm.

At the end of the press conference, 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. [Read more…]


UN, USA, Asia: Three Pillars Of Labor’s Foreign Policy, Says Smith

The incoming Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, has outlined the three pillars underpinning Federal Labor’s foreign policy approach.

In a statement issued today, Smith said those pillars were:

  • Our membership of the United Nations;
  • Our Alliance with the United States; and
  • Our policy of comprehensive engagement with Asia.

Smith said: “Federal Labor has consistently emphasised the need to focus our foreign policy and diplomatic efforts on Australia’s national interests within our own Asia-Pacific region. [Read more…]


Stephen Smith Says He Will Not Contest ALP Leadership Ballot

Stephen Smith has announced that he will not contest the ALP Caucus ballot for the ALP leadership.

Smith, the member for Perth since 1993, is the Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations. [Read more…]


Mark Latham Announces His New Shadow Ministry

The Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, has announced his new shadow ministry, following the 2004 federal election.

For the announcement, Latham was accompanied by Wayne Swan, the new Shadow Treasurer, and Stephen Smith, the new Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations. [Read more…]


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…]