//
you're reading...
Australian Current Affairs

Australian political leaders off and running


01 Tony Abbott Julia GillardAS Australians yesterday put the final touches on their New Year‘s Eve celebrations, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott fired the first shots of the 2013 election campaign.

In a sign of what is in store for voters this year, the leaders used their New Year messages to pitch their plans to the people.

The Prime Minister reiterated Labor’s commitment to big-ticket items such as school funding and disability reform, while the Opposition Leader flagged an election strategy built around creating two million jobs and a “powerhouse economy”.

Acting Greens leader Adam Bandt said the Greens would detail a plan this year for a post-mining-boom economy that would focus on clean energy.

The relentless political bickering of 2012 that left the public disenchanted with federal parliament was also reflected in the messages as Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott each conveyed their parties’ positive alternative.

Ms Gillard urged the public to work together to improve national confidence.

“Friends, among the many New Year’s Eve resolutions made, we should make one for our nation. Let’s start 2013 with a resolution to embrace a renewed national spirit of unity and confidence,” she said. “We have much to do and we will do it best by working together. I am determined that 2013 will be the year when we will together write the next great chapter in our nation’s history. A chapter about jobs, opportunity, a better education for our children, a better deal for Australians with disability, and that we do so with a renewed Australian spirit.”

In his message, Mr Abbott addressed the negativity issue by saying the Coalition was the “positive choice” for voters at the poll due in the second half of the year.

“The Coalition will offer . . . to build a powerhouse economy through lower taxes, more efficient government and more productive businesses that will deliver more jobs, higher wages and better services for Australian families,” he said. “In the months ahead, I will be explaining those plans in detail.”

Mr Abbott said the Coalition had a plan to “create two million new jobs and grow the economy” as well as helping small business expand, and to introduce stronger border protection and policies for a cleaner environment.

Ms Gillard said Australia was “wonderful” but it still faced challenges, from the global financial crisis to international security issues, now that is was a member on the UN Security Council.

“Our world faces ongoing security challenges like Iran’s nuclear problem and the missile tests of North Korea,” she said. “We will also continue our difficult and dangerous mission against global terrorism in Afghanistan.”

Ms Gillard said Australia — unlike the rest of the world — had a “resilient” economy but it needed to be managed carefully. “We have a clear plan for our nation’s future in this century of growth in the region which we live,” she said.

Mr Bandt said the Greens would continue to “stand up to the big business and the wealthy”, and deal with the growing revenue crisis. “In the new year, the Greens will push to plug the holes in the mining tax and lift the marginal tax rate on the millionaires who can afford it,” he said.

“(We) will lay out a vision for Australia’s economy after the mining boom . . . Australia must become a clean energy powerhouse where science, research and education play a central role.”

Source: The Australian
 

About Craig Hill

Teacher and Writer. Writing has been cited in New York Times, BBC, Fox News, Aljazeera, Philippines Star, South China Morning Post, National Interest, news.com.au, Wikipedia and others.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

If you liked what you just read, click "Subscribe" to become a follower of the Craig Hill site. You will receive an email each time a new post is published.

Join 15,358 other followers

An archive of all my old posts

Follow me on Twitter

Most Recent Posts Post on My Blog About China: China News

China’s new aircraft carrier Fujian: Hit or miss 

China’s new aircraft carrier Fujian: Hit or miss 

While the United States was wrapping up its Valiant Shield 2022 exercise on 17 June, China launched its third aircraft carrier with all the fanfare. The launch was postponed twice due to logistical and technical issues. The aircraft carrier has been named Fujian with the hull number 18. It has been under construction at the world’s largest […]

In Beijing’s BRICS summit, Putin is back on the world stage

In Beijing’s BRICS summit, Putin is back on the world stage

When Russian President Vladimir Putin dials into the virtual BRICS summit hosted by Beijing on Thursday, it will be his first time attending a forum with the heads of major economies since launching an invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. For Putin, this could offer a welcome picture: his face beamed onscreen alongside other leaders […]

U.S. not seeking to create “Asian NATO,” defense secretary says

U.S. not seeking to create “Asian NATO,” defense secretary says

The U.S. Defense Secretary emphasized partnership as the main priority for the American security strategy in the Indo-Pacific during a keynote speech on Saturday. However, Lloyd Austin stressed that the U.S. does not seek to create “an Asian NATO.” Austin spoke for half an hour at the First Plenary Session of the Shangri-La Dialogue 2022 […]

Why Chinese warplanes are ‘playing chicken’ with US allies

Why Chinese warplanes are ‘playing chicken’ with US allies

Chinese warplanes are targeting US allies in a high-stakes “game of chicken” over the Asia-Pacific that risks spiraling out of control — raising the risk of an incident that could spark war. That is the view of analysts who warn increasingly aggressive maneuvers by Chinese fighter jets — accused of endangering both Canadian and Australian […]

Has China lost Europe?

Has China lost Europe?

In April and May, as Russia’s war in Ukraine entered its third month, China sent a special envoy to meet with officials in eight central and eastern European countries. The timing was not coincidental: in the two months since Russia had launched its invasion, China’s standing in Europe had sunk to new lows. European governments […]

Xi’s re-election: Opportunity for the world, curse for China

Xi’s re-election: Opportunity for the world, curse for China

China is gearing up for the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party to be held later this year. According to the consensus view, President Xi Jinping’s historic bid for a third term as the party’s General Secretary is assured. The Chinese President and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping, doesn’t have much […]

China: A political view

China: A political view

I read Dr Mohamad Zreik[2] interesting and comprehensive article on the growth of China’s economy. It has come a long way since the days of Mao Tse Tung and the days of his communist experiment, the Long March, when millions died. The years that followed Mao set the path from which the economy took off […]

Math books outrage China with ‘ugly, sexually suggestive, pro-American’ images

Math books outrage China with ‘ugly, sexually suggestive, pro-American’ images

China has ordered a nationwide review of school textbooks after illustrations deemed ugly, sexually suggestive and secretly pro-American caused public uproar. The news has alarmed some experts and parents who fear the campaign is turning into a political witch hunt and represents an unnecessary tightening of the country’s already stringent censorship of cultural publications. The […]

Why Biden didn’t mean what he said about Taiwan

Why Biden didn’t mean what he said about Taiwan

The White House has been left scrambling a little after President Joe Biden suggested on May 23, 2022, that the US would intervene militarily should China attempt an invasion of Taiwan. The comment, which Biden made during a trip to Japan, was taken by some observers as a deviation from the official US line on […]

United States outmanoeuvres Russia once again? 

United States outmanoeuvres Russia once again? 

In a recent briefing, the US Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Avril Haines warned, “I would characterize it as the Russians aren’t winning, and the Ukrainians aren’t winning, and we’re at a bit of a stalemate here.” So, where is the Russia-Ukraine war heading? What is Russian President Putin planning next? Is Europe ready for […]

%d bloggers like this: