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  • Obama ´Disappointingly Complacent´ on Islamic Extremism says Former Australian PM

    06/18/2014 9:51:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 6/18/14 | Raheem Kassam
    Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard has today referred to U.S. President Barack Obama´s approach to Islamic extremism as ´disappointingly complacent´ in a speech to the Margaret Thatcher Liberty Conference in London. The high-profile event was attended by hundreds of political journalists, activists, writers, legislators and other global stakeholders. Howard’s comments were met by nods of approval across the room as he took aim at Barack Obama´s West Point commencement speech of last month. Howard said: "Islamic fundamentalism is a far greater threat than many people in their culturally equivocal way believe. "Obama´s West Point commencement speech… with the greatest
  • Howard rates as our (Australia's) best PM of the past four decades

    03/09/2014 3:39:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | 10th March 2014 | Troy Bramston
    • JOHN Howard has been named Australia’s best prime minister of the past 40 years, followed by Bob Hawke, with Gough Whitlam and Kevin Rudd tying for third place. The poll, conducted last week by Essential Research and provided exclusively to The Australian, shows that 39 per cent of voters ranked Mr Howard, the Liberal prime minister from 1996 to 2007, as the best. Labor’s Mr Hawke was rated as the best prime minister by 14 per cent of voters. A further 8 per cent of voters chose Mr Whitlam while another 8 per cent selected Mr Rudd. Paul Keating...
  • Global warming exaggerated, former PM John Howard says

    11/05/2013 1:19:11 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 6th November 2013
    <p>FORMER PM John Howard thinks there'll never be a worldwide climate change agreement and admits he only backed emissions trading before the 2007 election because he faced a "perfect storm" on the issue.</p> <p>"I've always been agnostic about it (climate change)," Mr Howard told reporters in London before his address.</p>
  • Margaret Thatcher was the greatest British PM since Winston Churchill, says John Howard

    04/10/2013 5:15:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 10th April 2013 | The Honourable John Howard OM AC SSI, Former Prime Minister of Australia
    She has been Britain's greatest prime minister since Winston Churchill. As leader of the Conservative Party in Britain she has been the most successful of all in the past 100 years. It should be remembered that Churchill led a coalition national government during World War II. The real measure of Margaret Thatcher's greatness was that she brought about profound change domestically and internationally. The British economy was in a downward spiral when she won office in May 1979; Britons were working a three-day week; uncollected garbage piled up in the streets of London; the all-powerful trade unions effectively ran the...
  • I Went After Guns. Obama Can, Too (Australian former prime minister confiscated 700,000 guns)

    01/18/2013 6:46:02 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 122 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/16/2013 | John Howard
    SYDNEY, Australia -- It is for Americans and their elected representatives to determine the right response to President Obama’s proposals on gun control. I wouldn’t presume to lecture Americans on the subject. I can, however, describe what I, as prime minister of Australia, did to curb gun violence following a horrific massacre 17 years ago in the hope that it will contribute constructively to the debate in the United States. I was elected prime minister in early 1996, leading a center-right coalition. Virtually every nonurban electoral district in the country — where gun ownership was higher than elsewhere — sent...
  • John Howard: where Labor went wrong (Australia's former PM on the current government)

    08/19/2011 6:58:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 20th August 2011 | John Howard
    WHEN the members of the federal parliamentary Liberal Party met to elect a new leader after its defeat on November 27, 2007, the outlook for the party and its cause, nationwide, seemed bleak. The gallows humour started early. Campbell Newman, the Liberal Lord Mayor of Brisbane, was quickly named the most senior Liberal figure in Australia: he actually held elected office. Not since its formation in 1944 had the Liberal Party been so bereft of political power. Labor was in office everywhere at a national, state and territory level. The reasonable expectation was that the newly ensconced Rudd government would...
  • Australia ex-PM (John Howard) : We went too far accommodating Muslims!

    09/29/2010 9:56:25 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 9 replies
    Middle East Online ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 | Shaun Tandon
    Australia's former prime minister John Howard has attacked "multiculturalism" in English-speaking nations, saying that some sectors have gone too far in accommodating Muslim minorities. The blunt-talking conservative, who led Australia for 11 years before losing 2007 elections, said Tuesday on a visit to Washington that the "Anglosphere" needed to take greater pride in its values and achievements. "This is a time not to apologize for our particular identity but rather to firmly and respectfully and robustly reassert it," Howard said at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank. "I think one of the errors that some sections of the English-speaking world...
  • Howard and East Timor (interesting notes on the US/Australian alliance)

    09/04/2009 4:03:37 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 244+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 5th September 2009 | Paul Kelly
    EAST Timor was John Howard's coming of age, the point at which the novice was transformed into a national security leader. This was Australia's most important military involvement since the Vietnam War. From this point Howard became a bolder prime minister. His actions after 9/11 cannot be comprehended without reference to East Timor. ..... The East Timor story is riddled with myths. Three of the benchmarks should be defined at the outset. ..... Second, the crisis became an example of Australian-American alliance co-operation and not the disaster often depicted...... The Risk of War: Australia took a deliberate decision that the...
  • John Howard's covert East Timor independence plan (important read)

    09/04/2009 8:05:55 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 300+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 05, 2009 | Paul Kelly
    THE Howard government decided in early 1999 to work for East Timor's independence but concealed this from the Indonesian government, John Howard and Alexander Downer have revealed. And senior Australian and US officials have disclosed that the Clinton administration threatened Jakarta with US military retaliation if Indonesian forces contested the Australian-led UN intervention in East Timor. These revelations in the book The March of Patriots - the Struggle for Modern Australia contradict the decade-long orthodoxy about the 1999 East Timor crisis. .... Before the Australia-led UN force under Major General Peter Cosgrove landed in East Timor, US defence secretary William...
  • Howard resting after health scare (John Howard, former PM of Australia)

    09/06/2009 5:44:20 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 326+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 6th September 2009
    FORMER prime minister John Howard is resting at home after spending two nights in hospital because of a severe allergic reaction to an anaesthetic on Friday. Opposition frontbencher Tony Abbott says Mr Howard, 70, was able to enjoy Father's Day at home in Wollstonecraft in Sydney's north on Sunday after he was discharged that morning from Royal North Shore Private Hospital. ”I spoke to him this afternoon and he was chirpy, joking and saying what a pleasant Father's Day he'd had,” Mr Abbott said. He said Mr Howard was having some routine dental treatment on Friday at Castlecrag Private Hospital...
  • President Bush Honors Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

    01/15/2009 6:55:32 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 2 replies · 402+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 01-13-09 | WhiteHouse.gov
  • A day in the life of President Bush (photos) 1-13-09

    01/13/2009 6:44:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 133 replies · 2,865+ views
    President Bush held his last Cabinet Meeting this morning TranscriptPresident Bush met this morning with President Calderón of MexicoTranscriptThis afternoon President Bush honored President Uribe, Prime Minister Howard, and Prime Minister Blair. Transcript Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Rush Attends Medal of Freedom Ceremony at the White House

    01/14/2009 6:14:11 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 45 replies · 2,873+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | January 13, 2009
    Rush attends a Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House. During the ceremony President George W. Bush presented the Medal of Freedom to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
  • John Howard receives US Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush

    01/13/2009 12:57:52 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 544+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 14th January 2009
    JOHN Howard has been presented with America's highest civilian award by George W. Bush. The former prime minister grinned as the US President placed the Presidential Medal of Freedom around his neck this morning. He was honoured at the White House along with former British prime minister Tony Blair and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
  • (John) Howard bumps Obama into hotel

    01/07/2009 2:32:38 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies · 1,603+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 7th January 2009 | Sean Plambeck
    BARACK Obama and his family have been forced to move into a hotel because John Howard is staying at their place. The former prime minister and his wife Janette are booked to stay at Washington’s Blair House on January 12 as he will receive the US Medal of Freedom from outgoing President George W. Bush the following day. Blair House, a 119-room mansion, is the official state guest house of the US president and traditionally where incoming US presidents stay before their inauguration. The Obamas will take up residence there on January 15 but had asked to move in on...
  • John Howard flew solo on big decisions

    10/31/2008 4:44:30 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 193+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 1st November 2008 | John Lyons
    THREE of the biggest decisions of the Howard years - the GST, the intervention in East Timor and the Pacific solution - were decided with virtually no consultation with cabinet, it can be revealed for the first time. A new television documentary, which is based on more than 20 hours of interviews with John Howard and 180 hours of interviews with key players in Australia and overseas, confirms how dominant the former prime minister was in running the affairs of the nation for almost 12 years. ..... That same lack of consultation is clear regarding Mr Howard's historic letter of...
  • Governor-General Says Farewell (the true end of the Howard era in Australia)

    08/30/2008 7:27:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 227+ views
    His Excellency the Governor-General of Australia, Major General Michael Jeffery was farewelled today, in a parade by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Arriving at Sir Thomas Blamey Square in Canberra, the Governor-General was met by Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, Secretary, Mr Nick Warner, Vice-Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General David Hurley, Service Chiefs, the Federal Guard and the Royal Military College Band. Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston paid tribute to the outgoing Commander-in-Chief and his wife, Her Excellency Mrs Marlena Jeffery. Air Chief Marshal Houston thanked him for his courage, determination, intelligence, leadership and compassion...
  • (John) Howard tops Queen's Birthday honours

    06/08/2008 3:21:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 69+ views
    The Australian ^ | 9th June 2008 | Dennis Shanahan
    IT may seem like the perfect opportunity to score a political point - the Labor Government recommending John Howard, the architect of the GST, for Australia's highest honour for his services to politics and the economy - but the former prime minister is playing a straight bat. Fresh from watching the Australian cricket team play in the West Indies, and travelling to England, Mr Howard wasn't interested in playing games. Nor did his right-hand man Arthur Sinodinos -- the soul and direction of Mr Howard's office for 10 years, who has also been honoured in the Rudd Government's first Queen's...
  • Australia withdraws troops from Iraq

    06/01/2008 9:13:39 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies · 100+ views
    AFP ^ | Sunday, 1 June 2008
    NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AFP) — The 550-strong Australian contingent in Iraq withdrew from its bases in the south of the country on Sunday as most of the troops prepared to head home, Iraqi and Australian officials said. The soldiers left following a flag-lowering ceremony at the Imam Ali airbase west of the city of Nasiriyah, the capital of Dhi Qar province, governor Aziz Kadoum Alwan said. "The Australian soldiers left today from Dhi Qar and Muthanna provinces," Alwan said. In Sydney the Australian Defence Force said in a statement that the "Overwatch Battle Group and the Australian army training team formally...
  • Australia ends Iraq combat operations

    06/01/2008 6:58:09 AM PDT · by steelboy · 9 replies · 678+ views
    AP ^ | 5/30/2008 | TANALEE SMITH
    - Australia, a staunch U.S. ally and one of the first countries to commit troops to the Iraq war five years ago, ended combat operations there Sunday, a Defense Department official said. ADVERTISEMENT Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was swept into office in November largely on the promise that he would bring home the country's 550 combat troops by the middle of 2008. Rudd has said the Iraq deployment has made Australia more of a target for terrorism.
  • John Howard hits paydirt

    03/12/2008 1:41:06 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 253+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 12th March 2008 | Peter Jean and Stephanie Balogh
    JOHN Howard is earning tens of thousands of dollars each time he trumpets his former government's achievements to American audiences. The former PM yesterday continued his farewell speaking tour of the US with a speech at Harvard University. Celebrity publicist Max Markson said American organisations were being charged $50,000, plus travel and accommodation costs, to hear Mr Howard speak. He is represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau, which also has comedian John Cleese and former British PM Tony Blair on its books. Mr Markson said the speaking fees earned by Mr Howard in the US were reasonable, given his international...
  • I made us proud: Howard (Former PM of Australia)

    03/12/2008 1:39:40 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 255+ views
    The Australian ^ | 12th March 2008 | David Nason
    JOHN Howard says he has left Australia with a stronger, less ambiguous sense of national pride than before the Coalition won government in 1996. "I think we were having a pointless debate about our identity in the early 1990s," the former prime minister said after a speech to Harvard University students yesterday. "I think we've shed that. We have now got a very positive view of Australian history and Australian achievement. I think our sense of national pride is stronger now than it was in the 1990s and less ambiguous. And that's tremendously important." Mr Howard, who in Washington last...
  • Former Prime Minister John Howard defends his legacy

    03/06/2008 11:46:26 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies · 143+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 7th March 2008 | Stefanie Balogh
    JOHN Howard has broken his post-election silence from the other side of the world, defending his ousted government and attacking his successor before an audience of leading US conservatives. The former prime minister was in Washington DC to receive a top conservative honour, and used the platform to say he was "disappointed" Australia was withdrawing combat troops from Iraq. He said now was not the time to abandon the Iraqi people, who needed space to capitalise on the advances made by the US troops' surge strategy in Baghdad. "It would be a tragedy if those gains were surrendered now by...
  • (John) Howard could receive knighthood (Order of the Garter for former Australian PM)

    02/09/2008 7:37:43 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies · 190+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 10th February 2008 | Belinda Tasker
    FORMER prime minister John Howard could be in line to join one of Britain's most prestigious orders. Speculation is mounting that Mr Howard has been personally selected by Queen Elizabeth to receive the Order of the Garter, the most senior and oldest British Order of Chivalry. A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace refused to confirm or deny the speculation. "We have made no announcements on that whatsoever and we wouldn't speculate on who is in line to receive one," she told AAP. "It's a great honour and a rare one." Mr Howard will have to wait until April 23 to discover...
  • Yesterday's man can look forward to a hero's farewell (John Howard visiting the US)

    02/01/2008 1:36:30 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 65+ views
    The Australian ^ | 28th January 2008 | Peter Hartcher
    MOST of the former members of the Howard government are trying to distance themselves from their former leader. Yet in the US the former prime minister is being welcomed into the conservatives' mosh pit like an ageing rock star. He is going to the US late next month for several weeks in a long farewell. He has agreed to address at least four prestigious audiences, with more appearances yet to be arranged. He is scheduled to speak to a private gathering of Republicans in Las Vegas. In Boston he will be hosted by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of...
  • (John) Howard joins world speakers circuit

    01/18/2008 4:25:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 56+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 18th January 2008
    FORMER prime minister John Howard has signed with the prestigious Washington Speakers Bureau, which represents world power brokers including former British leader Tony Blair. .... "John Howard's leadership, determination and vision are hallmarks of a career navigated during an era of unprecedented prosperity and change,'' the website said. "As prime minister of Australia for four terms, John Howard provided a global approach to leadership. "He delivered economic vision and strategies for international security that raised Australia's profile on the world stage while gaining the respect and gratitude of the world." The agency says Mr Howard will discuss the role of...
  • Rupert Murdoch Picks Liberal Son As Successor

    12/12/2007 7:13:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies · 663+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | December 12, 2007 | Cliff Kincaid
    Sean Hannity, the conservative Republican commentator who takes on such controversial issues as Hillary Clinton's legal work in a communist law firm, could be on his way out of the Fox News Channel as a result of Rupert Murdoch's decision to turn the company over to his liberal son James. James Murdoch, 34, who buys into global warming hysteria, has in recent days been labeled the "News Corporation Heir" and "Son King" because of changes in the company that have dramatically increased his power. The Fox News Channel is one part of Murdoch's News Corporation. While James Murdoch is based...
  • Australia's political upheaval - A lucky country to run

    12/03/2007 9:08:39 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 197+ views
    The Economist ^ | 11/29/07
    Kevin Rudd owes John Howard a lot; he may also prove to be a success AS ANY sports fan knows, Australia loves a winner. So to the outsider it is a shock that its voters on November 24th so decisively turfed out the government led for more than 11 years by John Howard (see article). Much the most successful prime minister of modern times, he had led Australia into what will be its 17th consecutive year of economic growth—probably of more than 4% this year. Moreover, the Labor opposition to him seemed, not that long ago, a shambles—divided, old-fashioned and...
  • A loss for civilisation (Mark Steyn alert)

    12/02/2007 12:14:00 PM PST · by Dundee · 9 replies · 85+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 03, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    ACCORDING to my Oz-watching pals in Britain and the US, John Howard is not a failure but a victim of his own success. He made Australia safe for the Labor Party: or, at any rate, safe enough that a sufficient number of bored electors were willing to take a flier on a house-trained Labor on the short leash of a quasi-Blairite leader. ...I regret Howard's end. True, I object in principle to Australia's gun laws, and I regard much of the Aussie economy as embarrassingly overregulated after a decade of supposedly conservative rule. But, as the former prime minister put...
  • Labor Party Wins Big in Australia

    11/24/2007 7:39:24 AM PST · by sionnsar · 32 replies · 74+ views
    My Way News ^ | 11/24/2007 | Rohan Sullivan
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Conservative Prime Minister John Howard suffered a humiliating defeat Saturday at the hands of the left-leaning opposition, whose leader has promised to immediately sign the Kyoto Protocol on global warming and withdraw Australia's combat troops from Iraq. Labor Party head Kevin Rudd's pledges on global warming and Iraq move Australia sharply away from policies that had made Howard one of President Bush's staunchest allies. Rudd has named global warming as his top priority, and his signing of the Kyoto Protocol will leave the U.S. as the only industrialized country not to have joined it. Rudd said...
  • Thank You, John Howard

    11/24/2007 7:41:38 AM PST · by jdm · 22 replies · 85+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Nov. 24, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Australian Prime Minister John Howard has conceded defeat in the national election as the Labour Party assumes control of Parliament. Perhaps America's staunchest defender of the global war on terror among world leaders, Howard now gives way to Kevin Rudd, and may find himself out of government altogether. Howard may be the first PM to lose his own seat in almost 80 years: Australian prime minister John Howard's 11 year reign has ended with a landslide election victory for the opposition Labour Party. Kevin Rudd, the former diplomat, was set to become Australia's 26th prime minister, less than a year...
  • Howard calls Rudd to concede defeat (Australia)

    11/24/2007 3:22:05 AM PST · by Dundee · 89 replies · 477+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 24, 2007
    PRIME Minister John Howard has called Labor leader Kevin Rudd to concede defeat in the federal election.
  • Labor set to form government (Australian election)

    11/24/2007 1:51:16 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 28 replies · 113+ views
    The Australian ^ | 24th November 2007 | Sid Marris and Paul Maley
    Kevin Rudd is on track to be prime minister of Australia. Labor powerbrokers, including deputy Julia Gillard, Tony Burke, Stephen Smith and Robert Ray said that they believe they have secured victory. 'I'm a cautious type, but on these numbers so far I think we have enough to form government,' Labor deputy Julia Gillard said at about 8.10pm EST. Ms Gillard made her declaration following strong swings in Queensland to Labor, further strengthening its grip as the polls shut in Western Australia. Early counting in the battleground state shows the Labor Party is set to pick up around six seats....
  • Live Thread: Australian Federal Election Count

    11/23/2007 10:55:46 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 189 replies · 328+ views
    24th November 2007
    In about minutes, polling booths across the eastern side of Australia will close, and counting will begin in the 2007 Australian election. I - and anybody else - who wants to become involved - will be posting in this thread updates based on Australian TV concerning the count.
  • PM steps out for election day walk (Australian election today)

    11/23/2007 3:13:34 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 87+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 24th November 2007
    PRIME Minister John Howard has kicked off election day with his usual walk along Sydney Harbour. Dozens of people including journalists, film crews, well-wishers and protesters gathered outside Kirribilli House before Mr Howard emerged about 6.30am (AEDT) today. One Liberal supporter asked Mr Howard to sign a copy of his biography, John Winston Howard, as other supporters, holding a sign which read John Howard Forever, wished him luck today. One described Mr Howard as the Rocky Balboa of Australia, ``the comeback king''.
  • Late surge to Howard (Polls are open in Australia)

    11/23/2007 1:34:34 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 34 replies · 39+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | November 24, 2007 | Dennis Shanahan
    KEVIN Rudd and Labor are the frontrunners in the 2007 election race but a late voter surge to John Howard and the Coalition has turned the poll into a tight contest. As both leaders blitzed the key battleground of Queensland yesterday, the election became a real contest in the last 72 hours of a gruelling six-week campaign. The final Newspoll survey of the election shows the Coalition virtually equal to the ALP on primary votes, 43 per cent to 44per cent, which is the Government's best performance in more than a year. The Newspoll survey, taken exclusively for The Weekend...
  • Election eve poll shows cliffhanger (Australia)

    11/22/2007 11:09:48 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 217+ views
    The Australian ^ | 23rd November 2007 | Dennis Shanahan
    THE 2007 election has become a real contest in the final 72 hours of a gruelling six-week campaign. After he was written off as a ‘has-been’, John Howard’s last week of campaigning will give the Coalition hope of pulling off a miraculous victory tomorrow. Labor is still in front and favourite to win the 2007 election but the latest Newspoll survey is showing a late surge to the Howard Government, particularly in Queensland and Western Australia. Newspoll’s two-party preferred figure, based on preference flows at the 2004 election, has the Labor Party in front by 52 per cent to the...
  • Editorial: Prosperity and growth (Australia's largest circulation paper endorses Howard as PM)

    11/22/2007 12:03:35 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 45+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 23rd November 2007
    FINALLY, the contest -- between a man we barely know and a man we know too well -- is drawing to a close. ..... Australians don't like to eject governments; voters have done it only four times in the past 58 years. In each case there's been a very real sense that those administrations -- McMahon in '72, Whitlam in '75, Fraser in '83 and Keating in '96 -- had run their race; worse, that a continuation of their policies would actually do damage to the nation. We don't get that sense about the Howard Government. True, its fourth term...
  • (Australian) Federal election race a photo finish

    11/22/2007 12:00:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 114+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 23rd November 2007 | Gerard McManus
    A LATE swing away from Labor has put tomorrow's election on a knife edge, an exclusive poll shows. Labor's lead has closed to 52-48, according to the respected Herald Sun/Galaxy poll taken on Tuesday and Wednesday. A similar result tomorrow, with a uniform national swing of 4.7 per cent since the last election, would see Labor win 15 seats – one short of the 16 it needs to form government in its own right. This would leave Federal Parliament in turmoil and the prime ministership in the hands of "kingmaker" independents. The Galaxy poll shows the major parties level on...
  • America's Best Ally -- Australian PM John Howard in his Last Election Today.

    11/22/2007 9:17:42 AM PST · by CT · 4 replies · 174+ views
    JOHN Howard is ending a bruising final week of the campaign within striking distance of a stunning fifth election victory. Labor is narrowly ahead after the allocation of preferences, 52 per cent to the Coalition's 48 per cent, according to authoritative pollsters Galaxy Research.
  • Poll shows Coalition closing on Labor (Australia - Howard pulling up!)

    11/22/2007 3:32:06 AM PST · by Strings of Yoakam · 9 replies · 145+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 22, 2007 | Sid Morris
    THE Coalition's election hopes have been bolstered by a poll putting it closer to Labor than any time during the election campaign. The Galaxy poll reportedly has Labor with a primary vote of 52 per cent and the Coalition with 48 per cent. ... Liberal sources insist that the electorate’s mood is more uneven than the headline polls have indicated until now and that the election is closer than thought. John Howard told the National Press Club today that he still believed the Coalition could win, and then promptly jumped onto a plane to blitz marginal seats in Queensland. Kevin...
  • Rudd set to win by a nose (Six days to Australian election)

    11/17/2007 1:53:22 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 130+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun ^ | 18th November 2007 | Lincoln Wright and Glenn Milne
    PRIME Minister John Howard is still in the race to win a fifth term, but a new poll predicts Kevin Rudd's challenge will narrowly succeed in Saturday's federal election. An exclusive Galaxy poll conducted for the Sunday Herald Sun in the campaign's fifth week showed a tighter race for The Lodge. Labor would win 18 seats -- two more than it needed -- with a 5.5 per cent swing in 20 of nation's key marginal seats, the poll found. The surprising poll results emerged as the Opposition Leader revealed he would take advice from Mr Howard were he to become...
  • Rudd on course for victory (in one week, Australia votes)

    11/16/2007 2:11:59 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 37+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 17th November 2007 | Dennis Shanahan
    JOHN Howard enters the final week of his last campaign facing defeat as Kevin Rudd and Labor hold their election-winning lead in key marginal seats. According to the latest Newspoll survey, covering both parties' election launches this week, the Coalition has failed to peg back Labor's lead in the Government's 18 most marginal seats in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. On primary votes in the 18 seats, Labor extended its lead in the past two weeks to five points -- 47 per cent to the Coalition's 42per cent -- to give the ALP a two-party preferred lead of 54...
  • Man tries to rush Prime Minister (John Howard of Australia)

    11/15/2007 11:50:10 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 104+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 16th November 2007
    A PROTESTER tried to rush at Prime Minister John Howard in Adelaide today but was stopped by bodyguards. Mr Howard had just begun making an address at the Adelaide Convention Centre when a man stood up from the audience and ran towards the stage. The man – who was carrying an object that appeared to be a basket - was tackled by Federal Police just metres from the stage.
  • Janette Howard fiercely guards her world (a rare interview with Australian PM's wife)

    11/10/2007 2:45:15 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 224+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun ^ | 11th November 2007 | Helen McCabe
    THIRTY-FIVE years in public life and Janette Howard has only ever been portrayed two ways. The less flattering is the portrait of a politics-obsessed woman pulling her husband's strings and urging him on and up. The flip side is that of a woman who has forged a strong marriage and raised healthy, normal children who seem to genuinely like their parents. But if Mrs Howard is frustrated by either portrait, she is not going to admit it. Not today, not in the middle of what is proving to be a particularly tricky election campaign. It makes her arguably one of...
  • PM fights back in key seats (Australian election)

    11/02/2007 1:53:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 104+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 3rd November 2007 | Dennis Shanahan
    JOHN Howard has fought back in key marginal seats in NSW and Victoria, giving the Coalition at least some new hope of winning the election, although Kevin Rudd has forged ahead in Queensland and South Australia. A special Newspoll survey of the 18 most marginal Coalition seats in four states reveals Labor can achieve its winning target of taking an extra 16 seats -- three or four in each of NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. But the survey suggests the extent of the Coalition's losses will be between eight seats -- which would allow it to easily retain government...
  • Live Thread - Australian Election Debate

    10/21/2007 12:16:44 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 39 replies · 734+ views
    21st October 2007
    This evening, Australian time, in about two and a half hours, the only Leaders debate of the Australian Election campaign will be held between Prime Minister John Howard and Leader of the Opposition Kevin Rudd. The election will be held on November 24th. Back when I joined Free Republic in 2004, I was somewhat surprised at the interest shown in Australia's Federal Politics, and one of the earliest things I was involved in was a live thread on Australia's election night. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1239827/posts I intend to be involved in a similar live thread on election night this year, but I thought...
  • John Howard narrows poll gap on Kevin Rudd (Australian Election)

    10/19/2007 8:18:34 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies · 48+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19th October 2007 | Gerard McManus
    JOHN Howard has slashed Kevin Rudd's poll lead in a tax cut-fuelled fightback confirming the election will be a hard fought contest after all. The Herald Sun/Galaxy poll - the first conducted since the $34 billion tax cut was unveiled on Monday - reveals the Coalition has halved Labor's two-party preferred lead from 12 per cent to 6 per cent in just under four weeks. While a Rudd-led Labor Party would still be swept comfortably to power with a uniform 6 per cent swing, the poll confirms the early tax gamble has paid off, giving Mr Howard control of the...
  • Breaking news: Official Announcement: Australian election 24th November

    10/13/2007 7:03:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies · 278+ views
    Sky News Australia | 14th October 2007
    Official announcement by Prime Minister John Howard on now. Parliament will be prorogued noon tomorrow, Parliament will be dissolved noon Wednesday, election 24th November 2007. It's on.
  • Breaking News: Prime Minister John Howard meeting with Governor General - calling election

    10/13/2007 6:05:54 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 41+ views
    Sky News Australia | 14th October 2007
    Prime Minister John Howard is at Government House in audience with the Governor General - believed to be asking for the dissolution of Parliament to call for a General Election