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Anniversaries Galore In The First Week Of December

The first week of December is a big week for political anniversaries.

Today, for example, is the anniversary of the swearing-in of the Rudd Labor government in 2007. Channel 10 News reported it this way:

Looking back at Rudd: [Read more…]


Gillard Forms Business Taskforce to Assist Qld Flood Recovery

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has announced the formation of a Business Taskforce to support Queenslanders in the immediate aftermath of the Queensland floods.

Gillard announced the taskforce at a press conference this morning with Lindsay Fox, the chairman of Linfox, the transport and logistics business.

Julia Gillard and Lindsay Fox

Members of the taskforce include former Queensland Premier Wayne Goss, now the chairman of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. There will be representatives from business associations, including Heather Ridout, Graham Bradley and David Michaelis. The National Farmers Federation is represented by its president Jock Laurie.

Answering questions at the press conference, Gillard refused to be drawn on the effects of the floods on the federal budget. She said the cost of the flood damage is not yet known but the government faces difficult budgetary choices. She would not comment on speculation about introducing a levy to fund recovery programs or on dipping into the Future Fund.

  • Listen to Gillard and Fox at their press conference.

This is the text of a joint media release from Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan.

As everyday Australians show their compassion and determination by pulling together to help Queenslanders affected by the devastating floods, Australian businesses have answered the call as well.

The Prime Minister today announced the Australian Government will immediately establish a Business Taskforce to support Queenslanders in the immediate recovery effort. [Read more…]


2001 Queensland Election

The Queensland State Election, held on February 17, 2001, resulted in a landslide win to the incumbent Labor government led by Premier Peter Beattie. The ALP won 66 seats in the 89-seat Legislative Assembly.

Peter Beattie Sticker - 2001 State Election Campaign

After the provision of a Speaker, the government will have a majority of 42 on the floor of the Parliament.

The election has reduced the National Party to 12 seats and decimated the Liberal Party to a mere 3 seats. [Read more…]


A Day of Significant Anniversaries…

On this day in 1972 (it was a Saturday then) the Whitlam Labor Government was elected, defeating what Whitlam described as a “ramshackle coalition” led by Liberal Prime Minister William McMahon.

The first Whitlam Government created history because all the portfolios were held either by Whitlam or his deputy, Lance Barnard. The second Whitlam ministry took office a few weeks later.

On this day in 1989 (also a Saturday) the Queensland Labor Party led by Wayne Goss defeated the National Party government of Russell Cooper, bringing to an end 32 years of gerrymandered conservative electoral dominance. Goss reflects on that victory in a newspaper article in today’s Australian.

On the eve of this day in 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for disobeying a law in Alabama that required black people to give up their seats on buses to white people. Her arrest sparked a year-long boycott of the Montgomery bus system. In 1956 the United States Supreme Court banned segregation on public transport. Parks was honored during this year’s State of the Union address by President Bill Clinton who invited the people’s representatives in the 3 arms of government to stand for her.

On this day some years ago, the owner of this website was born…