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Council Of Australian Governments Joint Press Conference on Stem Cell Research

The meeting of the Council of Australian Governments, held in Canberra on Friday, is being hailed by the participants as the best ever.

The major decision of COAG was an agreement on stem cell research. For the first time ever, all the State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers are from the ALP, with Prime Minister John Howard representing the non-Labor Federal government.

The Premiers were no doubt keen to demonstrate that wall-to-wall Labor governments are good for the federal compact, but there seemed also to be a genuine belief that the COAG meeting had been productive. There was effusive praise from the Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, for the Prime Minister. [Read more…]


Beating Up: Barrett Report On Police, Media & WEF Protests

This is the text of a report by historian Dr. Bernard Barrett on events at the World Economix Forum in Melbourne in September 2000.

It was forwarded to the Office of the Ombudsman, Victoria, on November 15, 2000.

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A Report on Police Batons and the News Media at the World Economic Forum, Melbourne, September 2000

by Dr. Bernard Barrett, Historian

Forwarded to the Office of the Ombudsman, Victoria, 15 November 2000

Revised 28 November 2000

From 1977 until he retired in 1993, the author was the State Historian for the Government of Victoria, responsible for promoting research and public awareness about Victoria’s cultural heritage.

Contents
  1. Making history
  2. The World Economic Forum and the media
  3. Early coverage of the protest plans
  4. Behind the scenes
  5. Counter-protesters
  6. Coverage of the events of Monday 11 September
  7. Coverage of the events of Tuesday 12 September
  8. Coverage of the events of Wednesday 13 September
  9. Later coverage
  10. Conclusions

[Read more…]


Bracks, Mr 77%, Courts Melbourne Business

The Age reports today on the extent of links between the Bracks Labor government and Melbourne’s business community, claiming that Bracks privately briefed corporate leaders on government decisions before they were publicly announced.

The article also details the members of the government’s Round Table and outlines the operations of “Progressive Business”, an organisation set up by the ALP which charges corporate clients $715 per year for invitation-only briefing sessions with cabinet ministers and federal opposition shadow ministers. Individuals are charged $275 annually. The paper says membership of the organisation now numbers around 200.

Earlier this week, opinion polls showed that Bracks is the most popular political leader in the country at present, his 77% approval rating surpassing the polling levels attained by Bob Hawke at his peak. [Read more…]


John Landy Appointed New Victorian Governor

Former Olympic athlete John Landy has been appointed the new Governor of Victoria by the Premier, Steve Bracks.

Landy will take office on New Year’s Day 2001 as the state’s 26th Governor.

Announcing the decision, Bracks denied any knowledge of an agreement promising an extension of the term of the incumbent Governor, Sir James Gobbo. Gobbo was appointed by Jeff Kennett in 1997 for a term of slightly less than 4 years, due to the possibility of Australia voting to become a republic. [Read more…]


Historic Victory As Labor Wins Benalla By-Election; Rural Voters Vent More Anger On Coalition

Whilst counting of postal, absentee and pre-poll votes is not yet complete, the ALP appears to have scored an historic victory by winning the National Party electorate of Benalla in today’s by-election.

Benalla By-Election 13-5-00
Candidate Party %
SMITH, Maurie Ind 0.72
HILL, Bill Ind 6.82
THORPE, Alf ARP 0.29
ALLEN, Denise ALP 41.98
MACKENZIE, Janet Greens 2.05
SYKES, Bill NPA 41.00
ROWE, Geoff Ind 7.14
Two-Party-Preferred
ALP
50.43
NPA
49.57

With results from all 45 polling booths now in, the ALP’s Denise Allen has 41.98% of the primary vote, compared to 41% for the National Party’s Bill Sykes.

On the two-party-preferred count, Allen leads the Nationals by 50.43% to 49.57%, a swing of 7.84% over the September 1999 result when the seat was won by the National Party’s former leader, Pat McNamara.

The 1999 result was itself a 7.85% swing from the 1996 general election. Since 1996, the ALP has secured a total swing of 15.69% in Benalla, an electorate held continuously by the conservative parties since 1904.

The ALP’s victory in Benalla gives it 44 seats in the Legislative Assembly, compared to 41 for the coalition parties. There are 3 independents who have committed themselves to supporting the Bracks government. [Read more…]


Victorian Parliament To Be Venue For Commemorative Federation Sitting

The Victorian Parliament in joint sitting today passed a motion inviting the Federal Parliament to convene in Spring Street on 10 May 2001 for a Commemorative Federation sitting.

Motion moved by the Premier, Mr Steve Bracks.

“That this Joint Sitting of the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Victoria invites the President and Members of the Senate and the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives to convene at the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton, on 9 May 2001, for the Joint Commemorative Ceremonial Federation Sitting and Commemoration Ceremony, and at Parliament House, Melbourne, on 10 May 2001, for the Commemorative Federation Sitting of each House of the Commonwealth Parliament and conveys its best wishes for the success of the said meetings that will mark the centenary of the first sittings of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia.”

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Victorian State Budget 2000-01

This is the full text of the Victorian Labor government’s first Budget.

The Budget was delivered by the Premier and Treasurer, Steve Bracks. [Read more…]