Gillard Now Breathing Down Rudd’s Neck

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is now Australia’s 17th longest-serving prime minister, just behind the 16th place-getter, Kevin Rudd.

Gillard is Australia’s 27th prime minister and has now been in the job for 2 years, 2 months, 16 days. Today she surpasses the term in office of Labor’s Depression-era prime minister James Scullin.

She will overtake Kevin Rudd’s term of 2 years, 6 months, 21 days on January 14 next year.

Anne Summers: The Political Persecution Of Australia’s First Female PM

This is the video of Dr. Anne Summers’ Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture at the University of Newcastle.

The speech is titled: “Her Rights At Work: The Political Persecution of Australia’s First Female Prime Minister”.

Summers says: “In this lecture I want to examine what I contend is the sexist and discriminatory treatment of Australia’s first female prime minister by the Opposition and by some elements in Australian society.”

Paul Keating Interview On Sky News

This is a rare one-on-one extended interview with former Prime Minister Paul Keating.

It was shown on Sky News The Nation on December 15, 2011.

Amongst other topics, Keating talks about the state of current politics, Aboriginal reconciliation, the Republic issue, and his relationship with Bob Hawke.

Kevin Rudd’s Speech On The Apology To The Stolen Generations

The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has moved the motion of apology to the Stolen Generations, at a sitting of the House of Representatives at 9am today.

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This is the text of Kevin Rudd’s Address on the motion of apology to the Stolen Generations.

I move that today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

We reflect on their past mistreatment. We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations—this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.

The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians. We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country. [Read more…]

Kevin Rudd Sworn In As Australia’s 26th Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia

10.00am – Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as Prime Minister by the Governor-General, Michael Jeffery, in a ceremony at Government House, in Canberra. [Read more…]

Rudd Announces New Labor Government Ministry

The Prime Minister-elect, Kevin Rudd, has announced his new ministry at a press conference in Canberra.

One of the most significant changes is that Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be both Education Minister and Employment & Workplace Relations Minister.

The highly-regarded Senator John Faulkner has been appointed Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary.

The ministry will be sworn in by the Governor-General next Monday.

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The Rudd Ministry


  1. Prime Minister: Kevin Rudd
  2. Deputy Prime Minister, Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Social Inclusion: Julia Gillard
  3. Treasurer: Wayne Swan
  4. Immigration and Citizenship, Leader of the Government in the Senate: Sen. Chris Evans
  5. Special Minister of State, Cabinet Secretary, Vice President of the Executive Council: Sen. John Faulkner
  6. Trade: Simon Crean
  7. Foreign Affairs: Stephen Smith
  8. Defence: Joel Fitzgibbon
  9. Health and Ageing: Nicola Roxon
  10. Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs: Jenny Macklin
  11. Finance and Deregulation: Lindsay Tanner
  12. Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Local Government, Leader of the House: Anthony Albanese
  13. Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate: Sen. Stephen Conroy
  14. Innovation, Industry, Science and Research: Sen. Kim Carr
  15. Climate Change and Water: Sen. Penny Wong
  16. Environment, Heritage and The Arts: Peter Garrett
  17. Attorney General: Robert McClelland
  18. Human Services, Manager of Government Business in the Senate: Sen. Joe Ludwig
  19. Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry: Tony Burke
  20. Resources and Energy, Tourism: Martin Ferguson

Outer Ministry:

  1. Home Affairs: Bob Debus
  2. Assistant Treasurer, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs: Chris Bowen
  3. Veterans’ Affairs: Alan Griffin
  4. Housing, Status of Women: Tanya Plibersek
  5. Employment Participation: Brendan O’Connor
  6. Defence Science and Personnel: Warren Snowdon
  7. Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy, Assisting the Finance Minister on Deregulation: Craig Emerson
  8. Superannuation and Corporate Governance: Sen. Nick Sherry
  9. Ageing: Justine Elliot
  10. Youth, Sport: Kate Ellis

Parliamentary Secretaries:

  1. Prime Minister and Cabinet: Maxine McKew
  2. Defence: Greg Combet
  3. Defence: Mike Kelly
  4. Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development: Gary Gray
  5. Families, Housing, Community Servies and Indigenous Affairs: Bill Shorten
  6. Foreign Affairs: Bob McMullan
  7. Foreign Affairs: Duncan Kerr
  8. Prime Minister and Cabinet: Anthony Byrne
  9. Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector: Sen. Ursula Stephens
  10. Trade: John Murphy
  11. Health and Ageing: Sen. Jan McLucas
  12. Immigration and Citizenship: Laurie Ferguson

McKew Wins Bennelong

Labor’s Maxine McKew has triumphed over John Howard in the Sydney electorate of Bennelong.

McKew has secured a swing of 5.79% and is now polling 51.66% of the two-party-preferred vote, a lead of 2,439 votes. It is almost impossible to imagine this lead being overturned by postal and absentee votes. [Read more…]

Prime Minister-Elect Rudd Holds Press Conference


The Prime Minister-elect, Kevin Rudd, has held a press conference in Brisbane, announcing that he has spoken to a number of world leaders, including US President Bush and UK Prime Minister Brown.

Rudd said there would be a caucus meeting on Thursday, with the ministry to be sworn shortly thereafter.

He reiterated that he would be choosing his ministry and defended Peter Garrett’s performance as Environment spokesman.

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Howard Survives Party-Room Meeting Without Challenge

The leadership of the Prime Minister, John Howard, has survived a parliamentary Liberal Party meeting in Canberra today.

Following a day of crisis yesterday, it now appears certain that Howard will take the coalition to its fifth consecutive election under his stewardship.

The Treasurer, Peter Costello, has broken his silence on the issue today, claiming his position has not altered since last year and that he was not privy to the meetings and discussions within the Liberal Party over the past week. [Read more…]

John Howard’s Senate Abuses – The Story Since July 1st

The Federal Opposition has itemised what is calls abuse of process, procedure and convention in the Senate since July 1, the date on which the coalition government assumed a one-seat majority in the upper house.

The ALP leader in the Senate, Chris Evans, has itemised a list of government actions concerning Question Time, censure motions, guillotines, gags and Senate Committees.

The Opposition argues these actions constitute “democratic abuses”.

This is the text of a media statement Senator Chris Evans, the ALP leader in the Senate.

John Howard’s Senate Abuses – Process, Procedure and Convention – the Story Since 1 July

Since gaining senate control, the Howard Government has rolled out what has become a very long list of democratic abuses. [Read more…]