September 5, 2004


Dubya delivers, putting PM first among equals (Greg Sheridan, September 04, 2004, The Australian)

WHEN John Howard called the election a week ago one thought went through the minds of those who study US-Australia relations: would the Bush administration do something to help Howard?

Yesterday, the answer was an emphatic yes.

In the most extraordinary, perhaps the only, reference to Australia in a presidential nominating convention acceptance speech, Bush declared to a television audience of tens of millions: "I deeply appreciate the courage and wise counsel of leaders like Prime Minister Howard ..."

That's right, Howard was first in the list, ahead of the Polish, Italian and British leaders, the only others to be singled out.

It is a sign of the extraordinary profile Australia now has in Washington, and throughout the US.

This is unpleasant for Mark Latham's Labor.

Gotta humor the colonials.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 5, 2004 9:14 AM

Given Blair's prominent role at the time, this is a clear slap in the face for him.

Posted by: creeper at September 5, 2004 9:25 AM


see the speech? He had to save Blair for last because he's the applause line.

Posted by: oj at September 5, 2004 9:40 AM

Good point. Sorry, I missed some parts of the speech.

Posted by: creeper at September 5, 2004 10:14 AM

Colonials? Up yours.

Posted by: Amos at September 5, 2004 11:11 AM

During the run-up to the Australian campaign, Mark Latham who had always been on the Labour party left, snuggled up to Kim Beazley, a former party leader whose party role was most analogous to that of Sam Nunn, and a former PM, Bob Hawke, who had worked closely with Reagan. He also made a full bore effort to jettison his once close leftie colleagues as fast as he could. This has enabled him to take a slight lead.

With Howard getting big props in the USA, and Bush clearly ahead in the polls, Australians who want a warm relationship with the US, IOW, anyone with an interest in agricultural or mineral or industrial export or in the high tech industries, i.e. the entire private sector, will be more inclined to vote for Howard's Liberals.

Posted by: Bart at September 5, 2004 11:29 AM


Given that Australia is now a swing state, perhaps you should amend your running headline to "51-0".

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 5, 2004 1:38 PM

As the Aussies would say: Good on you, Mate."

I raise a glass of excellent Austrailian Shiraz with a Toast to the Re-Election of PM Howard and President Bush!

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 5, 2004 3:56 PM