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Australia's First Female Prime Minister

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Nyambala, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. Nyambala

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    Gillard ousts Rudd in bloodless coup

    Julia Gillard has been elected unopposed to the Labor leadership, seizing power in a bloodless Parliament House coup after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd decided not to contest this morning's leadership ballot.
    Ms Gillard will now be sworn in as Australia's first female Prime Minister. Emerging from this morning's meeting, she said she felt "very honoured" and said she would be making a statement shortly.

    Treasurer Wayne Swan now steps up as Deputy Prime Minister. He was also elected unopposed.
    A stony-faced Mr Rudd left the meeting in the company of Labor stalwart John Faulkner.
    Ms Gillard now has the task of leading a traumatised and divided party to a federal election which could be held in a matter of weeks.

    Mr Rudd's sudden and spectacular downfall makes him the first Labor prime minister to be dumped from office before completing a first term.

    The situation came to a head last night after senior factional powerbrokers from the right told Ms Gillard she had enough support to take the leadership.
    The powerful Australian Workers Union and Health Services Union also quickly swung their support behind Ms Gillard as Mr Rudd's support base collapsed.

    After hours of crisis meetings last night Mr Rudd emerged just after 10:00pm AEST to announce that Ms Gillard had challenged him to a ballot and that he would also stand.

    For months Ms Gillard had said that she was not interested in challenging Mr Rudd but as events charged ahead last night it appeared she was left with no choice but to throw her hat in the ring.
    As the numbers were crunched it became clearer that Ms Gillard was going to prevail, with supporters on both sides agreeing that she would win.

    Mr Rudd's fall from the top has been swift, as his popularity among voters fell from stratospheric highs to disastrous lows in just a few months.
    Voters lost faith in Mr Rudd after a series of bungles and backflips, including the shelving of the emissions trading scheme.

    Last night he had vowed to fight to remain in office saying the Australian people had elected him, not the Party's factional leaders.

    My take:
    Mining Companies 2 Vs Kevin Rudd 0.
     
  2. Tai Ngwilizi

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    this is just soo much unexpected, I was so suprised by the news this morning!!!
     
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    Me too, it was unexpected even by political analysts in that country.
     
  4. Tai Ngwilizi

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    but how comes the Labour union and Health services union made the turn, especially the health services union, I thought they were really big thumbing up his health care reforms?!

    na huyu mama naye ana ujasiri...maana kwa mtizamo wangu Australia bado kuna udume dume fulani hivi kwenye maswala ya siasa ya uongozi
     
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    Rudd anaongea sasa hivi live, namsikiliza
     
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    Rudd sounded sooo emotional on the press conference, I'm touched that he cried when talking about the Aboriginal stolen generation, Is interesting that just yesterday was a day to honour the indigenious people
     
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    Julia is speaking....how I wish something like this could happen in Tz. incumbet's respectful exit and handling over to some other truthworthy people
     
  8. Nyambala

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    Mkuu huu upepo ulianza kuvuma muda kidogo, karibu mwezi. Last wee na wiki hii ikawa ndiyo mbaya zaidi. Tatizo likawa mama huyu alionekana kidogo kama hayuko tayari kusimama Vs bosi wake. Jana mama alihakikishiwa support kubwa akashawishika, ofcourse akakubali kusimama.
     
  9. Nyambala

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    Huyu mama Julia Gillard, she's tough ni pro-working class, na pia anakubalika katika both big political aisles. The big question is je anaiweza hii kazi? Na je upepo uliomuondoa bosi wake (New mining tax) atakabiliana nayo vp?

    All in all hii imeset a very bad precedent as to how these mining giants can do! They just went rough and indecent thru media kwa zaidi ya mwezi mpaka mshikajai yakamfika shingoni. I just think kwa vinchi kama vyetu rtunaweza kupambana na haya makampuni?????

    Nasahawishika kuamini kuwa hata baadhi ya vita za Africa hawa jamaa huwa na mkono. Can you imagine Oz isingekuwa nchi ya kidemokrasia nini kingeendelea?
     
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    ila kuna uwezekano wa huyu mama kutokupita kwenye uchaguzi...
     
  11. Nyambala

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    Huyu mama amewekwa kukiokoa chama, maana baada ya umaarufu wa Rudd kuporomoka, ngoma ilikuwa tayari meshaanza kula chama Na yule mpinzani Tonny Abbot akaanza kupata umaarufu. Sitoshangaa next yr huyu mama akikataa kugombea.
     
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    Nchi zingine ziko mbali sana..huyu Mama hakuzaliwa Australia na wala Wazazi wake hawakuzaliwa Australia...yet, anaweza kuwa Prime Minister..!!

    Sisi miaka nenda rudi bado tunabishana kuruhusu Raia wazaliwa wa Tanzania "kuendelea" kuwa Raia..!!
     
  13. BrainPower

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    SuperTax , ETS , Insulation Scheme Has costed Rudd his popularity.

    Labour Ousting Rudd and Replacing him by Gillard is the same as how ANC replaced Thabo Mbeki. I remember When Thabo Mbeki was in Zanzibar after being ousted he asked an important question.

    " As he was elected by the people, shouldn't the people have the right to decide if he ought to be replaced ?"

    Do you think we are setting bad precedence.. ?

    B.P
     
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    Tunayo mengi ya kujifunza hapa! Kwa kweli natamani hili litokee hapa nyumbani!
     
  15. Nyambala

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    Hapa pia kuna controversy lakini pia inaonyesha ni jinsi gani demokrasia ikikua mambo yanavyoweza kuendeshwa! Hakuna migomo, hakuna maandamano na PM au presidaa unang'oka.

    Wasiwasi wangu mkubwa sana ni jinsi makampuni ya madini hasa Rio Tinto na BHP yalivyohusika kwenye hili sakata mara tu baada yapendekezo la hiyo sheria mpya. Jamaa alikuwa attacked left, right and centre na mfululizo. Magazeti yalikuwa yananunuliwa kurasa nzima nzima kuendesha propaganda ya jinsi gani sheria hiyo ilivyo mbaya. Suprisingly baadhi ya magazeti ya leo hayana kabisa hizo kurasa zilizokuwa zimeshaanza kuzoelea in almost a month. Watu wakamchukia Rudd ghafla especially in WA and Queensland ambako madini ndiyo chanzo kikubwa cha mapato.

    Na ofcourse ni juzi juzi tu zile massive layoffs zilikuwa zikitembea (recession). Sasa hata hangovers hazijaisha wananchi wanaambiwa sheria hiyo possibly itaturudisha kule tulikotoka. Some mining Explorations zinafunga shughuli, wengine wanasitisha upanuzi, wengine wanatishia kuondoka kabisa Oz and all this in about two months!
     
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    It is great news for the Australians ,problem bwana ni huku kwetu Tz usikie tuna Pm muhindi,msomali au Mchina afu worse of it ukute ni a Lady!!!!
     
  17. Nyambala

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    Haya mama amewakuna, wenyewe wameshaanza kupongeza!!

    BHP Billiton Welcomes Timely Resolution of Resources Tax

    24 Jun 2010
    Today, BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer, Marius Kloppers, said that the company was encouraged by the comments of the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, that her Government will open the door for negotiations with the objective of achieving consensus.

    "The industry has consistently been calling for the Government to properly engage on all aspects of the tax and we welcome the opportunity to do so. We agree with the Prime Minister that ‘the uncertainty around the introduction of the proposed super mining tax must be ended'."

    "BHP Billiton has consistently stated that any new resources tax must be prospective, competitive, differentiated and resource based," Mr Kloppers said.

    "It is very important that this issue is resolved quickly and consistently with these four principles for the benefit of all Australians. They underpin investment decisions, are central to Australia's reputation and affect our employees and shareholders."

    In response to the Prime Minister's request, BHP Billiton has immediately asked our agencies to suspend all advertising as a sign of good faith.

    "We look forward to working with the Government in this new way so as to quickly find a solution that is in the national interest", Mr Kloppers said.

    Source: BHP intranet
     
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    Rio Tinto in Contact With Australian Government on Tax (Update1)

    Rio Tinto Group, the world’s third- largest mining company, said it has been in contact with Australia’s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard about a proposed mining tax and will negotiate further.

    “We are ready, willing and able to engage,” Tom Albanese, Rio’s chief executive officer, said in an interview at the Fortune Global Forum in Cape Town today. “I would like to see a solution quickly. It’s in the interest of our business and the Australian economy to get this matter behind us.”

    Gillard, 48, who became Australia’s first female prime minister on June 24, agreed to start talks with mining companies in Australia on a proposed tax on profits that would raise A$12 billion ($10.5 billion) in its first two years. The plan had sparked a storm of protests from the world’s biggest producers, which threatened to scrap projects and curtail investment.

    With increased cash flows this year, Albanese, 52, said he would have invested more in Australia if it hadn’t been for the “dampening” effect of the so-called super tax. Rio said on June 1 that it was already paying its “fair share” of Australian taxes after former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd vowed to push ahead with plans to impose a 40 percent levy on profits.

    “I want to have an honest and open debate,” Albanese said. “Putting more capital into the industry, you actually create more revenue, you pay more taxes, you pay more royalties, and that in itself goes a long way towards balancing the budget.”

    A production joint venture between Rio and BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s second-largest miner, is still the subject of “active discussions,” said Albanese, who declined to say whether it will be completed in 2011. The two, opposed by steelmakers in Europe and Asia, plan to combine mines, railroads, ports and workforces in Western Australia’s Pilbara region in a 50-50 joint venture to save at least $10 billion.
    Following a two-month decline in China’s imports of iron ore, Albanese said the outlook for iron ore prices remains “reasonably healthy” for the rest of the year
     
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    Haya makampuni kweli kiboko du!!!!!!

    Australia PM wants quick deal on mine tax




    SYDNEY - Australia's new prime minister, Julia Gillard, wants to reach a quick compromise with miners over the government's proposed mining tax in order to neutralise the issue at this year's general election, newspapers said on Monday.

    The Sydney Morning Herald said Gillard, who came to power last week after the ruling party dumped unpopular leader Kevin Rudd, could announce major changes to the profits-based tax as early as this week, including a much higher tax-free threshold.

    The tax-free threshold -- the return on assets that can be earned without paying the new tax -- would be doubled to 11% from the near 6% currently proposed, it said.

    But a sister paper, The Australian Financial Review, said any agreement with miners ahead of the coming election was likely to be a preliminary deal only, with the final shape of the tax to be negotiated with the mining industry afterwards.

    In the final deal, fundamental aspects such as the 40% headline tax rate could also be changed, the business daily said.

    Gillard has said she will call an election before year-end but has not given a more specific time-frame. Political experts expect her to go to the polls around August to November.

    "In a bid to neutralise the mining tax issue during an election campaign, The Australian Financial Review understands the government will offer to meet mining industry concerns about both the retrospectivity and the headline rate of the tax in return for agreeing to Labor's timetable," the paper said.

    Miners want the tax, to be introduced in mid-2012, to apply only to new projects, not existing ones. They have threatened to scrap more than $20-billion in new investment if the tax goes ahead in its current form.
    The Australian Financial Review said miners were likely to work closely with Gillard, Australia's first female leader, because she has a much better chance of leading the Labor party back to power at the next election than Rudd.

    Even if Rudd had survived in power, he was due to hold an election anyway by early 2011.
    Rudd was diving in opinion polls ahead of his ouster, raising hopes among miners such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals that he and his proposed tax would be defeated at the ballot box.

    But the conservative opposition, which is against the tax, has suffered a setback in voter support in the first few days since Gillard took power, with newspaper opinion polls showing Labor would comfortably regain power under her leadership
     
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    Go damn!!!!!!!!!! These guys have balls! Ingekuwa Afrika hapa ungesikia serikali imepiga marufuku matangazo hayo!!!

    Latest News

    Super Tax Advertising Suspended

    24 Jun 2010
    At the request of the new Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and as an act of good faith, we have asked our advertising agencies to suspend all external advertising related to the proposed super tax.


    We are encouraged by the comments of the new Prime Minister that her Government will open the door for negotiation with the objective of achieving consensus.


    The minerals industry has consistently been calling for the Government to take the time to properly engage on all aspects of the tax, and we welcome the opportunity to do so.


    Continuing uncertainty is not in the interests of the industry, or the country, and accordingly BHP Billiton looks forward to working with the Government to find a solution quickly that is in the best interests of all Australians

    Source: BHP Intranet
     
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