They further isolate Fiji from the international community, they run the very grave risk of Fiji's economic and social circumstances further deteriorating and, of course, to suggest that an election will be held in 2014 is nothing more than a shamFiji military given OK to shoot civilians Apr 13, 2009
It is a terrible, terrible nightmare and we express our deepest sympathy to the family todayFather of backpacker thinks she was killed Oct 12, 2008
In a number of tasks, the computer was able to direct the robot's actionsRobots may someday operate without doctors May 08, 2008
This process always takes much more time than the families would want and we understand that3 bodies recovered from Papua crash site Aug 13, 2009
I was really amazed by the level of anti-French resentment when I was in Gabon in AugustGabon president ties to France questioned Sep 04, 2009
Stephen Francis Smith (born 12 December 1955), is the Australian Minister for Defence. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1993, representing the Division of Perth, Western Australia.
Smith was born in Narrogin, Western Australia, and was educated at the University of Western Australia and the University of London, where he gained a master's degree in law. He was a solicitor, lecturer and tutor before entering politics. He was principal private secretary to the Western Australian Attorney-General, Joe Berinson 1983–87 and State Secretary of the Western Australian Labor Party 1987–90 From 1990 to 1993 he was an adviser to Paul Keating, first as Treasurer, then as Prime Minister. He was instrumental in securing caucus support for Keating to defeat Bob Hawke for the Labor Party leadership in 1990 and thereby become Prime Minister.
Smith was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from March 1996 until the November 2007 elections, which were won by the Labor party. He was Shadow Minister for Trade 1996–97, for Resources and Energy 1997–98, for Communications 1998–2001, Health and Ageing 2001–03 and Immigration 2003–04. He was Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations from October 2004 until December 2006, when he was appointed to the position of Shadow Minister for Education and Training.