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Brown evicted as Bush speaks
news.com.au ^ | 10/22/03 | staff

Posted on 10/22/2003 6:59:04 PM PDT by Mark Felton

THE anti-war Greens Senator Bob Brown has been thrown out of Federal Parliament for shouting over the US President five minutes into his historic address.

The Bushes and the Howards exit Air Force One last night. Mr Brown started groaning as George W. Bush told assembled politicians that no one who cared about human rights in the Middle East could mourn the ousting of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

He was joined by a handful of other MPs and Senators as they interrupted the President's speech. Andrew Neil, the Speaker of the House, immediately had the sergeant-at-arms remove Mr Brown.

Mr Bush was forced to stop his address and took a drink of water before proceeding with his speech.

The protest came despite Labor leader Simon Crean pledging support to the Australia-US alliance, which he called a "partnership of peoples" in remarks prefacing Mr Bush's address.

In his speech, Mr Bush called Prime Minister John Howard a man of exceptional courage.

He said Mr Howard exemplified the qualities of one of the world's greatest democracies.

"Prime Minister John Howard is a leader of exceptional courage, who exemplifies the finest qualities of one of the world's greatest democracies," he said.

Mr Bush paid tribute to Australia and Australians for their contribution to the war against terror, and to previous wars.

"Australians are fair-minded and tolerant and easy-going," he said.

"Yet in times of trouble and danger, Australians are the first to step forward, to accept hard duties and to fight bravely until the fighting is done.

"In a hundred years' experience, American soldiers have come to know the courage and good fellowship of the diggers at their side.

"We were together in the battle at Hamel, together in the Coral Sea, together in New Guinea, on the Korean Peninsula, in Vietnam.

"And in the war on terror, once again, we are at each other's side."

Mr Bush said Americans had seen first hand the work of terrorists in the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

Australians had seen the impact of terror in the Bali attack on October 12 last year.

Mr Bush said terrorists would not respond to negotiations.

"The nature of the terrorist threat defines the strategy we are using to fight it," he said.

"These committed killers will not be stopped by negotiations.

"They will not respond to reason. The terrorists cannot be appeased – they must be found, they must be fought and they must be defeated."

Mr Bush said Australia, the US and other allies had driven terrorists from Afghanistan.

He said terrorists hoped to gain chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

The war against Iraq was aimed at stopping weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorists.

"So we are confronting outlaw regimes that aid terrorists, that pursue weapons of mass destruction, and defy the demands of the world," he said.

"America, Australia and other nations acted in Iraq to remove a grave and gathering danger, instead of wishing and waiting while tragedy drew closer."


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Breaking News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: apecsummit; australia; bush43; lefties
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1 posted on 10/22/2003 6:59:04 PM PDT by Mark Felton
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To: Mark Felton
Distinct lack of class on the Aussie's part.
2 posted on 10/22/2003 7:02:50 PM PDT by Stopislamnow (It will be too late when we're all dead. And the way our government is going, it'll be soon.)
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To: Mark Felton
He said Mr Howard exemplified the qualities of one of the world's greatest democracies.

"Prime Minister John Howard is a leader of exceptional courage, who exemplifies the finest qualities of one of the world's greatest democracies," he said.

Could you give us that one more time just in case we missed it?

3 posted on 10/22/2003 7:03:54 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Stopislamnow
What do you expect from a Green Party member?
4 posted on 10/22/2003 7:04:46 PM PDT by sinkspur (Adopt a dog or a cat from a shelter! Save a life, and maybe you'll save your own, too!)
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To: Mark Felton
Nettle was also removed

The only Green who didn't get kicked out was Mr.Michael Organ... imagine "The Organ will be removed"

5 posted on 10/22/2003 7:06:32 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
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To: Mark Felton
President Bush was really hot! This was a great speech, and he was charismatic.

I am curious what the Aussies were saying all together so many times, instead of applauding. Was it, "Hear, hear"? It didn't sound like "hear, hear."

Super moment for America and Bush!

Magnificent home run of a speech! Bravo!

6 posted on 10/22/2003 7:07:04 PM PDT by Taiwan Bocks
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To: Taiwan Bocks
Howard was a friend when we needed a friend.God bless our Aussie allies.
7 posted on 10/22/2003 7:11:38 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: Mark Felton
My favorite part of W's speech was his off-cuff remark: "I love free speech."

I would imagine the Iraqi people agree with him.

I remember watching a video of Saddam in session with his parliment. He charged members of that group with trying to kill him. He would call out the name of each accused conspirator, and guards would take them away to be executed. You could see the terror in the faces of everyone in the room. It was chilling.
8 posted on 10/22/2003 7:11:55 PM PDT by mwfsu84
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To: Stopislamnow
Distinct lack of class on the Aussie's part.

Yeh, some Russian intelligencia complained about the lack of class on the part of the Bolshevicks...

This guy is Green! What do you expect from people that, in essence, adhere to "any means" approach to life?

9 posted on 10/22/2003 7:12:29 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: Taiwan Bocks
I agree 100%, That was a powerful speech without a bunch of ass kissing, just the hard facts about the threats we face and the things free nations have always stood for and what we must stand for today.

I really liked the part where he said "Freedom is not for the elite (emphesis mine) few, it's the right of all humanity"

Very powerful

10 posted on 10/22/2003 7:16:57 PM PDT by MJY1288 (This is your tagline "Bush/Cheney04", this is your tagline on drugs "AnyOtherChoice/04")
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To: Taiwan Bocks
You are so right. Magnificent speech and thank you FNC for being the ONLY station to broadcast this speech.
11 posted on 10/22/2003 7:19:00 PM PDT by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: Stopislamnow
Typical Green party guy. No different than the Greens here.
12 posted on 10/22/2003 7:19:58 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("I don't want to Raise Taxes" "I think everything must be looked at" - Jennifer Granholm. (D))
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To: Mark Felton
Australia should be granted a "Most Favored, Favored Nation" status. If the asian nations won't trade with 'em, Australia can trade with us. Expand NAFTA to include the Aussies.
13 posted on 10/22/2003 7:21:45 PM PDT by etcetera
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To: Mark Felton
Mr Brown started groaning as George W. Bush told assembled politicians that no one who cared about human rights in the Middle East could mourn the ousting of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

I'm curious whether Senator Brown mourns the ousting of SH or that he was ousted by American military power.

I'd think almost anybody, even a Green, would find it difficult to regret SH not being in power anymore.

14 posted on 10/22/2003 7:23:46 PM PDT by Restorer (Never let schooling interfere with your education.)
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To: Taiwan Bocks
It was hear, hear.
15 posted on 10/22/2003 7:25:37 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Mark Felton
This was an excellent speech.
16 posted on 10/22/2003 7:26:58 PM PDT by maui_hawaii
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To: shaggy eel
Whats the tone on the street about this speech in the land of the long white hippie liberal cloud of weed smoke?
17 posted on 10/22/2003 7:28:45 PM PDT by maui_hawaii
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To: Stopislamnow
No worse than Maxine Water's "Shut Up!!!"

George's, "I love freedom of speech!" following those idiots was perfect and well recieved by the rest of Parliment.
18 posted on 10/22/2003 7:30:09 PM PDT by AMNZ
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To: Stopislamnow
For those who have not been paying close enough attention, the Left has abandoned all semblance of civility world wide. And it's going the get worse as their power continues to decline. IMO, we Conservatives should do the civilized thing and stomp on them severely while they are down. :O)
19 posted on 10/22/2003 7:30:52 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: Mark Felton
They have their Ted Kennedy clones.
20 posted on 10/22/2003 7:32:46 PM PDT by onyx
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To: GeronL
The only Green who didn't get kicked out was Mr.Michael Organ... imagine "The Organ will be removed"

So, it was Mr. Michael Organ solo?

21 posted on 10/22/2003 7:33:35 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Mark Felton
Iam Australian and Brown is a dickbrain, no respect and lives in a n idealogical vacuum... I will send him an email as an Australian citizen and demand an apology....

The favorite term here for guys like Brown and Crean is they are WANKERS!!

cheers
22 posted on 10/22/2003 7:39:10 PM PDT by helives (God bless America, God bless Australia, God bless western civilization)
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To: Stopislamnow
Typical Rude Leftist.

NO MANNERS.
23 posted on 10/22/2003 7:54:41 PM PDT by WOSG (QUESTION STUPIDITY!)
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To: helives
THANK YOU for defending the honor of our president -- these WANKERS must be modelling their behavior after Ted 'The Swimmer' Kennedy!

Fortunately, we know that most Australians are more like PM Howard than BM Brown!!!
24 posted on 10/22/2003 7:59:27 PM PDT by DrDeb
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To: helives
Thanks for the info on "wankers". Australia is a great country, it is one of the few places I would like to visit.
25 posted on 10/22/2003 8:00:28 PM PDT by bulldogs
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To: helives
I'm going to Australia in a few weeks. Any other choice verbage I should be aware of?
26 posted on 10/22/2003 8:01:47 PM PDT by lafroste
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To: Mark Felton
I saw part of that speech and I feel it's a world-changing event.

See if we can get a transcript for Free Republic.

27 posted on 10/22/2003 8:02:47 PM PDT by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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To: helives; Mark Felton; shaggy eel; Byron_the_Aussie
<< The favorite term here for girly boys like Brown and Crean is they are WANKERS!! >>

Not to mention bludgers and free-loading bloody parasites.

Or that the Brown's every utterance is the moral intellectual equivelent of a verbalized incipient bowel movement. And Crean's envy-motivated and hatred and rage-engined venom has well and truly given him the face he deserves!

Lunatic left-wing scumbags, the pair of the bastards!

Blessings -- Brian
28 posted on 10/22/2003 8:06:57 PM PDT by Brian Allen ( Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Mark Felton
In the U.S., the demorats will be comparing him to the Pope, George Washington, MLK, and Jesus. So get ready for the drone of the libs on the .2% rated CNN and MSNBSBC programs all day tommorrow.
29 posted on 10/22/2003 8:08:54 PM PDT by Beck_isright (Stock brokers are just like blackjack dealers; but a blackjack dealer has never lied to me.)
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To: Mark Felton
If you know anything about Australian politics this is nothing new. Members frequently call each other names, etc., this dates back to founding of the country. So Sen. Brown's conduct does not surprise me.
30 posted on 10/22/2003 8:10:19 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Byron_the_Aussie
Regarding Brown - man, did you ever call that one!
31 posted on 10/22/2003 8:10:50 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: lafroste
<< I'm going to Australia in a few weeks. Any other choice verbage I should be aware of? >>

Just remember that unless you like surprises always to "barrack" for sporting teams. "Rooting" for them might involve you in some fundamental biological activity which, depending on the size of the team, could be quite demanding!

See if you can find a copy of John O'Grady's ["Nino Culotto"] "They're a Weird Mob" and/or his "Strine Dictionary."

Both, although a bit dated, are great old laughs.

And dontforgettheaeroguard and avvagoodweekend!
32 posted on 10/22/2003 8:14:39 PM PDT by Brian Allen ( Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: lafroste
ummmm let me think

dont use the word root, here it means sexual intercourse..lol

bloody is common, like bloody cat ate my sausages.

bastard is common, often a term of endearment between mates eg meeting a mate u havent seen for a while = how ya goin ya bastard :-)


mates is common as in buddies

you bloody ripper = thats great

g'day of course

slab = carton of 24 375ml beer bottles (stubbies)
750ml bottle of beer is a longneck
there are more so if I think of them I will post them

33 posted on 10/22/2003 8:22:29 PM PDT by helives (God bless America, God bless Australia, God bless western civilization)
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To: Restorer
Have you been listening to the "babel" being put out by those that seek the demwit primary votes? They all at some point have sounded like a cheering section for the "killer" Saddam.

34 posted on 10/22/2003 8:28:11 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Mark Felton
Brown is an old hippy political grandstander of little consequence.The President came across as witty and passionate....alot more so than i expected.

Receiving a standing ovation from both sides of parliament is quite an achievment.

35 posted on 10/22/2003 8:37:53 PM PDT by armed_in_sydney
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To: Taiwan Bocks
This was a great speech, and he was charismatic.

And Fox was the only channel to show it. That includes the CSPANS. At the end that dolt Vic Kamber was there to opine and he actually criticized President Bush's delivery! How out of touch can he be?

I think it's the only thing he could dream up on the spur of the moment. God forbid a dem have a postive word to say about the American president addressing the Australian Parliament.

I was pleased to get a new tagline tonight, thanks to GWB.

36 posted on 10/22/2003 8:42:32 PM PDT by cyncooper (We call evil by its name...President George W. Bush to the Australian Parliament)
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To: OldFriend
You are so right. Magnificent speech and thank you FNC for being the ONLY station to broadcast this speech.

I watched it on Bloomberg, because I also wanted to hear what the Australians had to say before Bush spoke. Fox didn't cover the introduction.

37 posted on 10/22/2003 8:48:21 PM PDT by eabinga
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To: cyncooper
And Fox was the only channel to show it.

NAWWWW! There's no media bias!!! /sarcasm

38 posted on 10/22/2003 8:51:07 PM PDT by RandallFlagg ("There are worse things than crucifixion...There are teeth.")
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To: Taiwan Bocks
Yes, it was a great speech. But .. you can bet the networks will be focusing on the interruptions. Idiots!
39 posted on 10/22/2003 9:46:08 PM PDT by The Final Harvest
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To: Mark Felton
I am sick of liberal-socialist who believe we deserved 9-11; this will be a long war and they will be remembered in the same vein as Nazi sympathizers
40 posted on 10/22/2003 9:49:56 PM PDT by Porterville (I am a cynical bastard; EU... FU, and liberal your derivative lifestyle will never be normalized.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
LOL! Totally agree---Sagacious Tom.

vaudine
41 posted on 10/22/2003 9:51:52 PM PDT by vaudine
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bttt
42 posted on 10/22/2003 9:56:14 PM PDT by GretchenEE (Liberals CANNOT be trusted with national security [excepting maybe Congr. Norm Dicks].)
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To: etcetera
When the WTO talks collapsed, the US said they would deal directly with those who wanted to play fair...


>>>>Australia should be granted a "Most Favored, Favored Nation" status
43 posted on 10/22/2003 10:03:18 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: helives
As a Pom please accept my apologies for the severe whupping to come in the Rugby World Cup. You are aware of course that the Wallabies deserve it.
44 posted on 10/22/2003 10:25:49 PM PDT by ijcr (Age and treachery will always overcome youth and ability.)
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To: eabinga
I didn't catch the beginning.....I was watching Barbara Bush on Larry!!!!
45 posted on 10/22/2003 11:53:01 PM PDT by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
we Conservatives should do the civilized thing and stomp on them severely while they are down. :O)
I agree. Otherwise they keep on back like "Night of the Living Dead." ;)
46 posted on 10/22/2003 11:54:29 PM PDT by Libertina (Steadfast loyalty - The sign of a true friend and leader.)
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To: Maelstrom

Raw Data: Text of Bush Speech

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Text of President Bush's speech to the Australian parliament (search) Thursday, as supplied by the White House:

Governor General Michael Jeffery, Prime Minister John Howard (search), Speaker of the House, leader of the Senate, leader of the opposition Simon Crean, distinguished members of the House and Senate, premiers, members of the diplomatic corps, ladies and gentlemen:

Laura and I are honored to be in the Commonwealth of Australia (search). I want to thank the prime minister for his invitation, I want to thank the members and senators for convening this session of parliament, and I want to thank the people of Australia for their gracious welcome.

Five months ago, your prime minister was a distinguished visitor of ours in Crawford, Texas, to our ranch. You might remember that I called him a "man of steel." That's Texan for "fair dinkum." Prime Minister John Howard is a leader of exceptional courage, who exemplifies the finest qualities of one of the world's great democracies. I'm proud to call him friend.

Americans know Australia as a land of independent, enterprising and goodhearted people. We see something familiar here, and something we like. Australians are fair-minded, and tolerant, and easygoing. Yet in times of trouble and danger, Australians are the first to step forward, to accept the hard duties, and to fight bravely until the fighting is done.

In a hundred years of experience, American soldiers have come to know the courage and good fellowship of the diggers at their side. We fought together in the battle at Le Hamel, together in the Coral Sea, together on New Guinea and on the Korean peninsula, in Vietnam. And in the war on terror, once again, we are at each other's side.

In this war, the Australian and American people have witnessed the methods of the enemy. We saw the scope of their hatred on Sept. 11, 2001. We saw the depth of their cruelty on Oct. 12, 2002. We saw destruction, and grief -- and we saw our duty. As free nations in peril, we must fight this enemy with all of our strength.

No country can live peacefully in the world that terrorists would make for us. And no people are immune from the sudden violence that has come to an office building, or an airplane, or a nightclub, or a city bus. Your nation and mine have known the shock, and felt the sorrow, and laid the dead to rest -- and we refuse to live our lives at the mercy of murderers.

The nature of the terrorist threat defines the strategy we are using to fight it. These committed killers will not be stopped by negotiations. They will not respond to reason. The terrorists cannot be appeased -- they must be found, and they must be fought, and they must be defeated.

The terrorists hide and strike within free societies -- so we are draining their funds, and disrupting their plans, and finding their leaders. The skilled work of Thai and Indonesian and other authorities in finding and capturing the terrorist Hambali, suspected of planning the murders in Bali and other attacks, was a model of the determined campaign we are waging.

The terrorists seek safe harbor to plot and to train -- so we are holding the allies of terror to account. America, Australia and other nations acted in Afghanistan to destroy the home base of al-Qaida and rid that country of a terror regime. And the Afghan people, especially the Afghan women, do not miss the bullying, and beatings, and public executions at the hands of the Taliban.

The terrorists hope to gain chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, the means to match their hatred. So we are confronting outlaw regimes that aid terrorists, and pursue weapons of mass destruction and defy the demands of the world. America, Australia and other nations acted in Iraq to remove a grave and gathering danger, instead of wishing and waiting while tragedy drew closer.

Since the liberation of Iraq, we have discovered Saddam's clandestine network of biological laboratories, the design work on prohibited long-range missiles, his elaborate campaign to hide illegal weapons programs. Saddam Hussein spent years frustrating U.N. inspectors for a simple reason: because he was violating U.N. demands. And in the end, rather than surrender his programs and abandon his lies, he chose defiance and his own undoing.

Who can possibly think that the world would be better off with Saddam Hussein still in power? Surely not the dissidents who would be in his prisons, or end up in mass graves. Surely not the men and women who would fill Saddam's torture chambers and rape rooms. Surely not the families of the victims he murdered with poison gas. Surely not anyone who cares about human rights and democracy and stability in the Middle East.

(INTERRUPTION)

Surely not anyone who cares about human rights and democracy and stability in the Middle East. Today, Saddam's regime is gone, and no one should mourn its passing.

In the months leading up to our action in Iraq, Australia and America went to the United Nations. We are committed to multilateral institutions, because global threats require a global response. We are committed to collective security. And collective security requires more than solemn discussions and sternly worded pronouncements; it requires collective will. If the resolutions of the world are to be more than ink on paper, they must be enforced. If the institutions of the world are to be more than debating societies, they must eventually act. If the world promises serious consequences for the defiance of the lawless, then serious consequences must follow. Because we enforced Resolution 1441, and used force in Iraq as a last resort, there is one more free nation in the world, and all free nations are more secure.

We accepted our obligations with open eyes, mindful of the sacrifices that had been made and those to come. The burdens fall most heavily on the men and women of our armed forces and their families. The world has seen the bravery and skill of the Australian military. Your special operations forces were among the first units on the ground in Iraq. And in Afghanistan, the first casualty among America's allies was Australian: Special Air Service Sgt. Andrew Russell. This afternoon, I will lay a wreath at the Australian War Memorial, in memory of Sergeant Russell and the long line of Australians who have died in service to this nation. And my nation honors their service to the cause of freedom, to the cause we share.

Members and senators, with decisive victories behind us, we have decisive days ahead. We cannot let up in our offensive against terror, even a bit. And we must continue to build stability and peace in the Middle East and Asia as the alternatives to hatred and fear.

We seek the rise of freedom and self-government in Afghanistan and Iraq for the benefit of their people, as an example to their neighbors and for the security of the world. America and Australia are helping the people of both those nations to defend themselves, to build the institutions of law and democracy and to establish the beginnings of free enterprise. These are difficult tasks in civil societies wrecked by years of tyranny. And it should surprise no one that the remnants and advocates of tyranny should fight liberty's advance. The advance of liberty will not be halted. The terrorists and Taliban and Saddam holdouts are desperately trying to stop our progress. They will fail. The people of Afghanistan and Iraq measure progress every day. They are losing the habits of fear and they are gaining the habits of freedom.

Some are skeptical about the prospects for democracy in the Middle East and wonder if its culture can support free institutions. In fact, freedom has always had skeptics. Some doubted that Japan and other Asian countries could ever adopt the ways of self-government. The same doubts have been heard at various times about Germans and Africans. At the time of the Magna Carta, the English were not considered the most promising recruits for democracy. And to be honest, sophisticated observers had serious reservations about the scruffy travelers who founded our two countries. Every milestone of liberty was considered impossible before it was achieved. In our time, we must decide our own belief: either freedom is the privilege of an elite few, or it is the right and capacity of all humanity.

By serving our ideals, we also serve our interests. If the Middle East remains a place of anger and hopelessness and incitement, this world will tend toward division, and chaos, and violence. Only the spread of freedom and hope in the Middle East, in the long term, will bring peace to that region and beyond. And the liberation of more than 50 million Iraqis and Afghans from tyranny is progress to be proud of.

Our nations must also confront the immediate threat of proliferation. We cannot allow the growing ties of trade, and the forces of globalization, to be used for the secret transport of lethal materials. So our two countries are joining others in the Proliferation Security Initiative. We are preparing to search planes, ships and trains and trucks carrying suspect cargo and to seize weapons or missile shipments that raise proliferation concerns. Last month, Australia hosted our first maritime interdiction exercise in the Coral Sea. Australia and the United States are also keeping pressure on Iran to conform to the letter and spirit of its nonproliferation obligations. We are working together to convince North Korea that the continued pursuit of nuclear weapons will bring only further isolation. The wrong weapons, the wrong technology, in the wrong hands, has never been so great a danger, and we are meeting that danger together.

And our nations have a special responsibility throughout the Pacific to help keep the peace, to ensure the free movement of people and capital and information and advance the ideals of democracy and freedom. America will continue to maintain a forward presence in Asia and continue to work closely with Australia. Today, America and Australia are working with Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore and other nations to expand trade and fight terror to keep the peace in the Taiwan Straits.

Your country is hosting President Hu Jintao. Australia's agenda with China is the same as my country's. We are encouraged by China's cooperation in the war against terror. We are working with China to ensure the Korean peninsula is free of nuclear weapons. We see a China that is stable and prosperous, a nation that respects the peace of its neighbors and works to secure the freedom of its own people.

Security in the Asia-Pacific region will always depend on the willingness of nations to take responsibility for their neighborhood, as Australia is doing. Your service and your sacrifice helped to establish a new government, and a new nation, in East Timor. And working with New Zealand and other Pacific island states, you are helping the Solomon Islands re-establish order and build a just government. By your principled actions, Australia is leading the way to peace in Southeast Asia and America is grateful.

Together with my country, Australia is also promoting greater economic opportunity.

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I love free speech. Our nations are now working to complete a U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement that will add momentum of free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region, while producing jobs in our own countries.

The relationship between America and Australia is vibrant and vital. Together, we will meet the challenges and the perils of our time. In another time, when the Philippines were on the verge of falling and your country faced the prospect of invasion, Gen. Douglas MacArthur addressed members of the Australian parliament. He spoke of a code that unites our two nations, the code of free people, which, he said, "embraces the things that are right, and condemns the things that are wrong."

More than 60 years later, that code still guides us. We call evil by its name, and stand for the freedom that leads to peace. Our alliance is strong. We value, more than ever, the unbroken friendship between the Australian and American peoples. My country is grateful to you, and to all the Australian people, for your clear vision and your strength of heart. And I thank you for your hospitality. May God bless you all.

47 posted on 10/23/2003 2:24:27 AM PDT by RobFromGa (The Peace Dividend is the gift that keeps on giving...)
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To: helives
There's a question I've been dieing to ask. Is Foster's really Australian for 'beer'?
48 posted on 10/23/2003 2:44:39 AM PDT by Sapper26
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To: helives
Given the nature of politics and "teams" I have to disagree...

..."root" is the perfect word for what he's talking about.

8-D

Otherwise known in the states as political whoring.
49 posted on 10/23/2003 5:07:25 AM PDT by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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To: cyncooper
I doubt Kamber even saw/heard the speech.
50 posted on 10/23/2003 5:08:10 AM PDT by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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