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Federal Election today

JD114 24 November 2007 98

I read in a paper somewhere recently that Australians are going to have a federal election this Saturday. Has anyone else this rumour and can it be substantiated?

If it’s true then a canny analyst would have to assume with a healthy economy and summer on the way the current government will be a shoo-in. I mean, with things going so well across the board, who would change the status quo? (And no I don’t mean look for another album)

[Ed. dont forget to vote]


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ant ant 1:09 pm 25 Nov 07

Labor have a good line up of women. Julia Gillard is great! Maxine McKew made a superb speech last night. Tanya Plibersek made many good points in her SMH column over the past year. Nicola Roxon seems very bright and sharp. Who else is there?

I reckon they should draft Judith Troeth from the Liberals though, she’s a very solid, sensible and decent woman.

jemmy jemmy 12:54 pm 25 Nov 07

Or the Super Hornets, the most bizarre spending decision ever.

And GregW, I’d hardly call the AMA or ICSA impartial experts…

Adza Adza 12:30 pm 25 Nov 07

Not to mention the ageing air force fleet and the stuff up with the Collins Class Submarines….

nyssa76 nyssa76 12:26 pm 25 Nov 07

Defense is stronger than ever

Yes, that’s why some of our ships are falling apart and that others have to take up the slack because of it.

GregW, you don’t know what you are talking about. Some of our fleet are second-hand jobs from the US/UK and when you’re told that they stopped making parts for your ship in 1973, yet your still required to ‘fix’ it, there is a SERIOUS problem.

As for Education – ICSA is a load of shite. When parents have to mortgage their house to get their kids into Uni, that’s not a good policy. When the curriculum is inundated with PC BS just to buy votes, it’s not working.

Health is just as bad.

The inmates were running the asylum and now they’ve all been sectioned elsewhere.

Good riddance.

Adza Adza 12:20 pm 25 Nov 07

We’ve had to suffer with Liberals for so long. Majority rule… sorry.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 11:51 am 25 Nov 07

These are strange days – Nyssa you’re correct. We need a woman high-up in the government, to blaze a trail for others to follow and hopefully even out the culture of men in parliament. There, I said it.

Aside from the fact, of course, that Julia Gilliard is actually a good politician. She’s smart, tough and seems to be a little more left leaning than Rudd, which will be a great balance.

And, if Maxine McKew manages to topple Howard proper – we could owe this election to the women. I’m happy with the result.

I honestly still can’t believe this happened. I was honestly prepared for another 3 years of liberals; another 3 years of workplace laws getting even worse, another 3 years not being on kyoto, another 3 years of Johnny’s wormlike manuevering getting him out of every political hiccup. This is a welcome surprise.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 11:48 am 25 Nov 07

Unfortunately it’s doubtful Sepi.

I’m not sure who planted the ‘Humphries might lose his seat to Tucker!’ seed, but it seems to have backfired (or worked, depending on the source).

http://vtr.aec.gov.au/SenateDivisionFirstPrefsByVoteType-13745-101.htm

sepi sepi 11:41 am 25 Nov 07

Yeah Humphries is still around. No change in ACT pollies – bit dull but there you go. Kerrie Tucker got a good vote though, which might make the incumbents pay attention to green issues a bit more.

I was at Defence when John Howard cut it by 10% and it was not good. He also reduced the army, forcing people to leave who didn’t want to (and paying them to go), and then ever since they have had trouble getting enough new recruits to service all his grand peacekeeping plans overseas. He’s not that popular at defence.

GregW GregW 11:39 am 25 Nov 07

‘The best policy for health/education is what the people want, not what AMA or ICSA say.’

That about sums it up. Let’s blindly follow Labor because I, a citizen with limited knowledge in the area, think I know whats best. Experts be damned.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 11:37 am 25 Nov 07

Humphries will retain his spot, no?

Adza Adza 11:35 am 25 Nov 07

The best policy for health/education is what the people want, not what AMA or ICSA say.

When will everyone remember that the government is there to serve us?

The people spoke, and Labor won. Liberal will probabyl get in a few years from now… despite what people are saying here, it’s obviously not reflected around the country… or in Canberra itself.

Canberra is completely labor now. Obviously you Liberal supporters are in the minority.

How about let them do their job first, then criticise them later. Criticism has started and they haven’t even taken up office yet.

GregW GregW 11:16 am 25 Nov 07

‘The man destroyed education, health and defence.’

Defense is stronger than ever, and both the AMA and ICSA have said that despite popular opinion the coalition actually has the best policy for health/education.

Labor’s with its education revolution has not actually announced any extra funding for schools rather choosing to provide pork to the parents (laptops and such), and its GP super centres add infrastructure when none is needed, yet don’t address the issue of doctor shortages..

Do Labor supporters have to try to ignore certain facts, or does it just come naturally?

You You 11:00 am 25 Nov 07

I voted Greens, so atleast i have peace of mind no matter what happens.

sepi sepi 10:47 am 25 Nov 07

yEP – GO JULIA!!

nyssa76 nyssa76 10:15 am 25 Nov 07

Mael, it’s taken 106 years for a WOMAN to get into one of the two top positions.

It’s about time. That’s all I was saying.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 10:12 am 25 Nov 07
ant ant 10:11 am 25 Nov 07

Well, it’s obvious that lies and spin fool some people. People who can’t remember the basket case our economy was when Fraser and Howard were booted out. High everything. Labor did the hard work, and they copped the blame when the adjustments caused hiccups.

Julia Gillard aquited herself very well last night on the ABC broadcast. Very impressive. She can think on her feet, and struck the right note last night, interacting with Minchin.

Mælinar Mælinar 9:51 am 25 Nov 07

Praising somebody in charge because of their sex or the colour of their hair is frankly sooo last century.

Making comparisons to the labor party of 20 years ago didn’t work last night – so why do you think it’ll work here ?

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 9:42 am 25 Nov 07

But do Julias curtains match the drapes?

Gingas in charge is a scary concept. Dyed ginga, not so scary!

nyssa76 nyssa76 9:40 am 25 Nov 07

Oh and it’s about time there was a woman in one of the top two positions.

She’s a red head to boot – we’re special 🙂

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