Australian Politics

Re: Australian Politics

Postby deja vu on Tue May 25, 2010 5:33 pm

Australia has expelled an Israeli diplomat saying Israel was behind the forging of Australian passports linked to the murder of a Hamas operative in Dubai.

Australia's foreign minister said these were "not the actions of a friend". The UK took similar action in March, after concluding that Israel was responsible for the use of forged UK passports in the plot. The Israeli foreign ministry said Australia's decision was disappointing. Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said it was "not in line with the importance and the quality of the relationship between our countries".


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_p ... 145459.stm


The UK and Australia wouldn't do this without some proof and the Israeli Gov't seems to be doing nothing to silence its critics. I wonder if the French, Irish and Germans will follow suit and expel an Israeli diplomat as well.
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:06 pm

Did you hear the one about the former PM, yes former? Kevin Rudd's no longer the leader of his party but a female colleague and Australia has its first female PM. May you have a longer term than Canada's Kim Campbell.

What a day: Australia gets its first female PM
DAMIEN MURPHY
June 25, 2010

What a day. Who would have thought they would live to see a female prime minister sworn into office by a female governor-general? And not only that. The man Julia Gillard vanquished for the top job, Kevin Rudd, declared that God was a goddess, too.

"To the great God and creator of us all, I thank him – or her – as well," Rudd said during a poignant, at times tearful, valedictory speech to the nation.

Gillard, 49, said before going to visit Quentin Bryce at Yarralumla she was well aware of being the first woman to become prime minister.

First woman, maybe first redhead. We'll allow others to delve into the history and I'll allow you to contemplate which was more unlikely in the modern age," Gillard told her first press conference after being elected leader by Labor MPs.

"I didn't set out to crash my head on any glass ceilings. I set out to keep my feet on the floor and to be there walking the streets, talking to Australians about what's the right thing for this nation."http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/what-a-day-australia-gets-its-first-female-pm-20100624-z3p7.html

So Canadians will be seeing her in the Question Period that the CPAC station broadcasts on weekends when the PM gets grilled about party policies.

Oh, the reader comments below the article are pointing to intrigue as thick as a Shakespearean play behind the power play.
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:40 pm

Using the popularity of the German octopus for determining soccer game outcomes, Australians are going local for an octopus forecast about next month's political elections. Okayyyy...

Gillard's chances get a legs-up
LENORE TAYLOR AND PHILLIP COOREY
July 17, 2010

Forget the polls and the electronic worms. If the prophecy of the Herald's very own psychic octopus is to be believed, Tony Abbott will be inked out of history come the federal election.

The octopus, Cassandra, was consulted at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, after it became clear that Paul - the German oracle octopus that enjoyed a spectacular run of success during the World Cup - was too busy to help.

Cassandra's preference for Julia Gillard was clear. Despite being a solitary animal, she wrapped her long arms around the Prime Minister's photo.

Her reaction to the Opposition Leader's image was less enthusiastic: she turned a defensive black colour.

In Greek mythology Cassandra was given the gift of prophecy by the god Apollo. However, when Cassandra did not return Apollo's love, he placed a curse on her so that no one would believe her predictions, such as the fall of Troy.http://www.smh.com.au/federal-election/gillards-chances-get-a-legsup-20100716-10e73.html
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The former PM is looking to get back that post--might have to look at support from party members to get the party leadership first.

Rudd denies leaking details of leadership challenge deal
PHILLIP COOREY
July 17, 2010

Kevin Rudd denied being the source of a leak that portrayed Julia Gillard as treacherous and confirmed he will recontest his seat at this election.

The former prime minister is due home in Brisbane this morning after a week in the United States attending the American-Australian dialogue.

On Thursday, Ms Gillard's keynote economic speech was eclipsed by claims that she had reneged on a deal not to challenge Mr Rudd after learning she had the numbers.

The claims concerned the three-hour meeting in Mr Rudd's office on the night of June 23, attended by Mr Rudd, Ms Gillard and Senator John Faulkner.

Mr Rudd suggested to Ms Gillard that if he had not reversed Labor's flagging fortunes closer to an election planned for October, he would step aside.http://www.smh.com.au/federal-election/rudd-denies-leaking-details-of-leadership-challenge-deal-20100716-10e75.html
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby deja vu on Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:13 pm

Australians chose Saturday between giving their first female prime minister her own election mandate and returning to a conservative government after just three years. With more than 75 percent of the votes counted, the results were too close to call.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she will remain the caretaker leader and hoped to form the next government.


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What ever happens they need to learn how to play nice with the other kids on the block. Otherwise the Aussies may show the lot the door to the unemployment line in record time.
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby smitty on Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:00 pm

One good point about Austrlia for when they spot a boat load of immigrants about to try & come into their land they force them to sail to a specific island & have payed the Island of people to take care of them. How much is "take care of them: mean I really do not know.

Definately not the Tamils from Sri Lnkan that came into Cdn waters & aim to hop off at Victora, B.C., well ahead of normal immigrants that must have gone through all the red tape & the point system before they are allowed to land into Cdn to possibly become a Cdn citizen.
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:42 pm

Promising to note that voters are giving the candidates about equal voting consideration. Was the quick leader change a boon or a bust for the governing party? To be watched.
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:54 pm

A mayor's story about how he had many civic tasks put onto his plate of duties after Hurricane Katrina made pancakes out of buildings in Long Beach, Mississippi. Yes, the Gulf Coast one, not the one in California.

Katrina tosses coastal mayors into national spotlight
Updated 1d 8h ago By Chris Joyner, USA TODAY
LONG BEACH, Miss. — About a month after Hurricane Katrina decimated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mayor Billy Skellie was driving back from a meeting with state officials in Biloxi when he realized something was wrong.
"I got lost," he said. "I passed up Long Beach."

So extensive was the destruction from the hurricane five years ago, the mayor — a lifetime resident — drove right by it.

Before Katrina, Skellie's big concerns had included trying to figure out where to locate the new ball fields. Almost immediately he had to develop a vision for recovery while being consumed with mountains of federal red tape, grant applications and sorting out what the city, which had a pre-Katrina population of about 17,500 would look like. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-08-28-katrina-mississippi-mayor_N.htm
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:38 pm

Australia's Prime Minister hosted a Commonwealth summit this week.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/oct2011/chog-o28.shtml
Shades of the COP 15 Denmark meeting in 2009-rights are impeded by the security measures.
Police powers have been vastly expanded for the period October 19 to November 4 under the CHOGM Special Powers Act, passed earlier this year. The legislation violates fundamental democratic rights. It is modelled on and extends the draconian measures implemented by the New South Wales (NSW) Labor government of Morris Iemma for the 2007 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Sydney.


A development, besides the one about UK royal succession and Commonwealth countries intending to modify their laws on the matter, is the appointment of Bangladesh to one of the seats in a group that monitors human rights abuses. http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/30/human-rights-abuser-granted-new-powers-at-commonwealth-meet
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Australia's government is doing something that the Canadian Government did with Air Canada twice-preventing an airline's staff (Quantas) from striking. You might want to follow news updates on the matter. Quantas is having a mixed year--strong interest in the end of the 2010 with the Oprah promotion arranged by Australian tourism, but with the Icelandic volcano in January and recent weather issues, plane trips have had to be cancelled. Now there are labour matters to decide.
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby southernfry on Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:23 pm

AT 10.10pm, a new Prime Minister strode on to a stage at the Four Seasons Hotel. "Friends, I can inform you that the government of Australia has changed," Tony Abbott declared.

The new PM had spent a quiet afternoon with his family after a last-minute sweep around the seats in Sydney, before watching Labor seats tumble with his wife, daughters and Liberal luminaries.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/specia ... 6714461199


A new boss is in charge of Australia, but only time will take time to see if it's real change or more of the same old thing. It was Rudd's too lose and he did in a big way.

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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/kevin- ... 6714513255

A post-mortem on what went wrong is to be called within the fortnight although senior Labor officials said it was a formality.

"We all know what went wrong," one Labor official said.

Hours before the polling booths had closed, the finger-pointing had begun.

Those in the campaign headquarters in Melbourne were preparing to defend themselves if they were to be blamed for the shambolic campaign. The absence of a campaign plan, policies invented and announced on the run and lack of communication between Kevin Rudd and his travelling team of advisers and the party headquarters were to blame, not the operations within headquarters, one senior Labor source said.



Come on, this could have waited a day or two, maybe a week. Going out gracefully for one night would not have killed them, instead the finger pointing took over. Not the best way to try for a re-election down the road.
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:44 am

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard acknowledged party members and the new government-elect in social media messages after the election was held.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/julia-gillard-breaks-her-silence-20130908-2tdfu.html

The results of the election:
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/2013-election-results

http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2013/08/australias-election
How the campaigning for votes among Australians or residents from other lands was received by candidates and constituents. Immigration/allowing people arriving by boat remains a priority issue for everyone.
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