PRIME MINISTER FOUAD SINIORA INTERVIEW - Wednesday 28th February, 2007
back about six or seven months, it is pretty hard to forget Fouad
Siniora, the Lebanese Prime Minister, publicly breaking down as his
people were being killed in large numbers and his country reduced to
rubble during that month-long war against the Israelis. These
days, Lebanon, particularly the
capital, Beirut - a la Iraq - looks as though it's teetering on the
brink of a civil war between its Sunnis and Shi'ites. Earlier today,
George Negus spoke with Prime Minister Siniora from Beirut.
REV JESSE JACKSON INTERVIEW - Wednesday, 21st February, 2007
is absolutely no doubt that the rave name in US politics right now is
Barack Obama. The cynics here in the national capital refer to the
45-year-old Democratic contender for the White House as the rock star
politician. And then suddenly, out of the blue, last week he also
became John Howard's worst best friend. So who and what is Barack
Obama? Could he be the first non-white American to take up residence in
this very familiar piece of real estate behind me? Who better to ask
than the still politically very active Jesse Jackson who himself tried
to pull off that audacious trick twice back in the 1980s?
AL GORE INTERVIEW - Wednesday, 15th November, 2006
in September when he was last in this country, Al Gore likened John
Howard to a 'flat-earther' on his pet subject of climate change. In
fact he accused the Australian PM of being isolated on the whole issue.
These days, though, it seems John Howard is no longer a complete
sceptic. In fact, he's displaying the zeal of a fully-blown convert.
Well, with conditions, that is! Having refused to sign the original
Kyoto protocol, he's now promoting his own approach to climate change,
including carbon emissions trading - the "New Kyoto", as he calls it.
But the belated flurry of green rhetoric hasn't stopped him from having
a go at Mr Gore. Yesterday, he said an 'Inconvenient Truth' - the
former US vice-president's box office hit on climate change - was
"alright" but didn't make the earth move for him. Earlier today, George
Negus talked with Al Gore, back in Australia to train a 75-strong
volunteer team of local 'Inconvenient Truth' messengers.
DR ANDREW VINCENT AND MICHAEL DANBY INTERVIEW - Wednesday 8th November, 2006
Labor MP Michael Danby claims bias is, in fact, a cause for concern in
Australian tertiary institutions, and one of his prime targets is the
Centre for Middle East Studies at Sydney's Macquarie University. Well,
earlier today, Dr Andrew Vincent, the centre's director, joined George
Negus here in the studio to face his critic. George Negus began by
referring to a parliamentary speech in which Michael Danby himself a
Jew, accused Dr Vincent of imparting "endless one-sided propaganda" in
his courses that examine the Middle East conflict.
MARTIN WALKER INTERVIEW - Wednesday 8th November, 2006
the polls closed in the US midterm
elections - as predicted, voters have dealt a serious blow to an
increasingly unpopular George Bush. Earlier this evening, George Negus
spoke with Martin Walker, the editor of 'United Press International',
in Washington, about the results in both houses of Congress and the
BOB BROWN AND GREG HUNT INTERVIEW – Wednesday 1st November, 2006
overseas and in Australia this week it has been near impossible to turn
on the television or radio or pick up a newspaper without hearing the
loaded terms "global warming" and "climate change". They are definitely
the hot ticket political items right now.
From the UK, the Stern Report delivered a dire warning about the economic consequences of global warming. Coincidentally or otherwise, the Howard government reacted by announcing that the world's biggest solar energy plant would be built in Victoria, suddenly found a lazy $60-million for clean energy projects and telegraphed plans for a "new Kyoto" after repeatedly dismissing the original and refusing to sign its protocol.
Meanwhile, a former UK environment minister has described Australia's approach as "sleepwalking to oblivion". So are we doing too little too late? Earlier this evening, George Negus put that question to Greg Hunt, the Federal Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, and the Greens' Senator Bob Brown.
Please Note: More interviews will be added as time permits.