Details Of Rudd Government’s ‘Economic Security Strategy’

This is the text of a joint press release from the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and the Treasurer, Wayne Swan.

It details the government’s strategy for responding to the global financial crisis.

Economic Security Strategy

The Rudd Government today announced a $10.4 billion Economic Security Strategy to strengthen the Australian economy in the face of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression.

This $10.4 billion strategy will strengthen the national economy and support Australian households, given the risk of a deep and prolonged global economic slowdown. [Read more…]

Rudd Announces $10.4 Billion Economic Stimulus Package

The Federal Government has announced an “economic security package” containing 5 initiatives worth $10.4 billion, including a boost to pensions, assistance to first home buyers and low income earners, more training places, and a “bringing forward” of infrastructure plans.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, said that from December 8 single pensioners will receive a lump sum payment of $1,400 in December. Couples will receive $2,100. This payment will carry pensioners through until the next budget when the government’s review of pension arrangements will be announced. This measure is worth $4.8 billion.

There will be a $3.9 billion package of assistance to low and middle income earners. Around 3.8 million dependent children and children in various forms of care will receive a one-off payment of $1,000 on December 8. [Read more…]

AEC Training Video For Polling Officials

This is a video supplied to polling officials by the Australian Electoral Commission for the 1998 federal election.

The VHS video was produced for the 1996 federal election and updated for the 1998 election.

It’s somewhat twee and the acting is hammy but the 30-minute video takes the viewer through a full day at a polling booth, from opening up to counting the votes. It shows the preparations the AEC makes to ensure that accurate records are kept and mistakes minimised. It shows different types of voters arriving during the day and the procedure that is followed for each type. It shows the rules that apply to counting and recording the votes. It shows the security that surrounds the handling and storage of ballot papers. [Read more…]