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President Bush’s 2006 State of the Union Address

President Bush has delivered the annual State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress in Washington DC. Less ambitious in scope than in previous years, reflecting his loss of political capital, Bush stuck fast to his foreign policy goals and proposed limited domestic policies.

The speech began with a tribute to Coretta Scott King, widow of the slain Martin Luther King. Mrs. King died today.

In the speech, Bush reiterated his commitment to US intervention in Iraq. He called for the Congress to renew the Patriot Act. Domestically, Bush called for the Congress to make permanent tax cuts and set out a plan to cut the US oil imports from the Middle East by 75% by 2025. He proposed a range of research initiatives into alternative fuel sources, such as ethanol. [Read more…]


‘Terrorism Repugnant To Islam’: Muslim Summit

The summit of Islamic leaders and John Howard has broken up in Canberra. Speaking at a joint press conference, the Prime Minister said that “the education and sourcing of imams”, including the issue of what is taught in Islamic schools, was discussed at the meeting.

The President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Dr Ameer Ali, described the summit as an “historic event, first of its kind.” He said: “It was very constructive and very fruitful. We agreed to denounce extremism, terrorism and the teaching of hatred in this country. We believe in the Australian family, we are all members of the same family.” [Read more…]


White House Releases August 6, 2001 Intelligence Briefing On Bin Laden

This is the text of the August 6, 2001 intelligence briefing for President George W. Bush that outlined Al Qaeda plans for strikes within the United States.

It was declassified and released by the White House following much discussion of its content at the 9-11 Commission hearings over recent weeks [Read more…]


Condoleezza Rice’s Testimony To The National Commission On Terrorist Attacks

This is the text of the prepared statement and testimony delivered to The National Commission On Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor to President Bush.

Ms Rice’s much-anticipated appearance before the Commission followed initial claims of executive privilege and refusals by the White House to allow her to appear. [Read more…]


Madrid Bombings Prompt Meeting Of Counter Terrorism Committee

In the aftermath of the bombings in Madrid, the Prime Minister, John Howard, has announced that he will convene a meeting of the National Counter Terrorism Committee to examine the security of Australia’s transport facilities.

The Madrid bombings targeted the city’s metropolitan railway service and claimed around 200 lives. [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…]


Democrats: You Do Not Have The Right To Remain Silent

The Australian Democrats today launched a major campaign against the Government’s anti-terrorism legislation, which is set to be debated during the budget sitting in May.

“This legislation is an attack on the basic rights and freedoms of Australian citizens,” said Australian Democrats’ Leader, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja.

“The ALP must join with the Democrats in opposing these bills to ensure they are blocked in the Senate.” [Read more…]


Bill Clinton: The Struggle for the Soul of the 21st Century

This is the text of The Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2001, given by the former United States President, Bill Clinton.

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  • Listen to Clinton (46m)

Text of The Richard Dimbleby Lecture by former President Bill Clinton.

Bill ClintonI’m delighted to be here, delighted to be part of this distinguished lecture series at a time when every American is especially grateful for our long friendship with the United Kingdom; one that we see manifest now in the partnership that President Bush and Tony Blair have demonstrated in the fight against Afghanistan; one that touched every American heart when the Queen instructed her band to play the American national anthem in the grounds of Buckingham Palace the day after September 11th. One that I came to appreciate deeply when we worked together for peace for Northern Ireland and the Balkans.

Lord Keynes once said how difficult it is for nations to understand one another, even when they had the advantage of a common language; “everyone talks about international co-operation, but how little of pride, of temper, or of habit.” [Read more…]


Peter Beattie’s Ministerial Statement On US Terrorist Attacks

This is the text of a Ministerial Statement on Terrorism by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.

The statement was delivered to a meeting of the Queensland Legislative Assembly this morning.

Ministerial Statement to the Legislative Assembly by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.

BeattieToday we woke to news of a terrible tragedy.

The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington stunned the world and left us numb with disbelief.

There are indications that Australians may be among the victims of these criminal acts. This is a time for prayer and hope for those anxiously waiting news of loved ones.

On behalf of this Parliament and all Queenslanders I extend our condolences to the families of all who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. [Read more…]


SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: A DAY OF INFAMY

9.00am – In the past few hours the world has witnessed events in the United States that will have profound consequences for years to come.

A perilous military and diplomatic situation now exists. The hijackings and suicide attacks of four aircraft on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington are being described as a declaration of war and akin to Pearl Harbour. There is no question that these attacks on the world’s most powerful military and economic nation will usher in a period of tension unknown since the darkest moments of the Cold War. [Read more…]