Will he call it tomorrow?

GnT 13 October 2007 24

All indications are that the PM will call the election tomorrow. The GG arrived back in Australia yesterday, but today wasn’t good because it clashed with the repratriation ceremony of Trooper David Pearce. Rumours are that Howard is catching an early flight to Canberra tomorrow. All I can say is: Finally!

There will be a huge media contingent camped out at Government House to catch the news. Any RiotACT readers going to be part of it? Can anyone give us a scoop?

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24 Responses to Will he call it tomorrow?
Thumper Thumper 8:16 am 16 Oct 07

I think Humphries will be safe.

Well, as safe as McMuppet and Ellis…

caf caf 11:49 pm 15 Oct 07

It would make sense, they might also be directing their energies over the border in Eden-Monaro.

boomacat boomacat 6:48 pm 15 Oct 07

PS – Partonising sounds great – like charging up to someone, knocking them up with a massive set of fake norks and a big blonde hairdo, fantastic!

boomacat boomacat 6:47 pm 15 Oct 07

All the other shite aside, I think it is interesting the point raised about the Libs focusing their energies on Humphries keeping his Senate seat – what do others think?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 1:14 pm 15 Oct 07

Partonising? Is that something to do with Dolly Parton?

Thumper Thumper 1:06 pm 15 Oct 07

And don’t you just love the totally unbiased comments, like this:

“His Australia is intolerant, exploitave, shameful, racist, divisive, partonising and uncaring.”

Tell us how you really feel?

Thumper Thumper 1:03 pm 15 Oct 07

Yep, I think I’ll organise a Don’s Party for the 24th…

GnT GnT 1:21 am 15 Oct 07

My plans are screwed because I was going to Sydney that weekend for a play which is to be held in a community hall. Now the hall needs to be used for the election, so the play needs to change dates etc.

The cat did it The cat did it 10:36 pm 14 Oct 07

Maybe now that the election’s been called, we might hear a bit more from the delightful Natalie Colbert. Her campaign’s been remarkably quiet so far. Because she doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning, could it be that local Libs have been told to focus their resources on Gary Humphries, to minimise potential losses in the Senate?

HA HA 10:35 pm 14 Oct 07

bd84, the point about delaying naming the date is not about sport, or uncertainty, or the power of incumbency; it’s about wasting millions and millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded advertising about policies about which most folks have already had more than a gut full! The last month of wall-to-wall advertising on telly, in the papers, and on radio (not to overlook banners on the ‘net) has been a disgraceful abuse of the system.

The approximate $60 million spent in the last 45 days to sell Work Choices, superannuation, citizenship, climate unchanged and etc makes anything ever done before (be it Iemma, Kennett, Keating or even Fraser) seem like chicken feed.

Two things: the sooner we get fixed terms, the better; and get the rodent out of our collective lives. His Australia is not the Australia about which I am proud. His Australia is intolerant, exploitave, shameful, racist, divisive, partonising and uncaring.

Remember: John Hunt is a coward. Well….you know what I mean.

bd84 bd84 8:55 pm 14 Oct 07

GnT: I didn’t say it had to stay the same, I have no preference either way as to when hor how the date is set. In the scheme of things it’s not going to change much either way, nobody is going to miss out on the election if its set on a nominated date or when the sitting government selects a date. You will just have to set your social calendar up 3 or 4 years in advance if it becomes the former 😉

Anyway I just think it’s a bit rich for Labor to be whinging about it now when they’ve had no qualms about it before, and their governments have done similar things. Anyone would think they were breaking the law by setting it they way they have..

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 8:00 pm 14 Oct 07

And throw the empty bottles at the old one as they leave! Parliament lawns piss up, anyone?

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 6:55 pm 14 Oct 07

Better get cracking and send out the invites – we love nothing more than a good get-together, barby, band and a truck load of booze to see in a new Government!

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 6:40 pm 14 Oct 07

“Anyway, 24 Nov has totally screwed up my plans now …”

Postal vote or pre-poll, and no plans are screwed up. Better than lining up for half an hour a local primary school on election day.

But remember what they say – vote early, and vote often

Cameron Cameron 5:20 pm 14 Oct 07

Hey, I’m in favour of fixed terms as well. But at the moment we don’t have them, and it’s incredibly hypocritical for Rudd to whine about Howard using his ability to time the election to his advantage given that every single government of the past has done the exact same thing.

24 November? Good – let’s get this done.

GnT GnT 4:45 pm 14 Oct 07

bd84 – just because that’s the way it’s always been, doesn’t mean we can’t try to change it. I’m in favour of fixed terms so no political advantage can be gained by the incumbent government, and also 4 year terms – they might actually get some decent work done in that time instead of having an election campaign for a third of it.

Anyway, 24 Nov has totally screwed up my plans now …

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 4:24 pm 14 Oct 07

24 November it is.

Cameron Cameron 11:54 am 14 Oct 07

His point is that this is how the elections have been called forever, by both parties, and that whinging about it being delayed until it best suits the government or consideration being given to sporting events etc. are at best, silly.

Anyway, he’s seen the G-G – press conference in 10 minutes. Nov 24 is the predicted date.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 6:41 am 14 Oct 07

…and your point is?

bd84 bd84 2:40 am 14 Oct 07

Of course he will call it today, it was always going to do it today.. it’s the last possible day to call it before parliament goes back. all this bullsht from labor telling him to call it is a load of crock. The current election calling arrangements have been in place for many years, and it’s not like labor wouldn’t do the exact same thing in the same situation, funny enough they weren’t whinging last election when john did the exact same thing (must be more confident this time).

Then there’s the whingers going on about the election calling taking second place to national sporting events.. it always has. Politics falls behind when it comes to sport in australia. Ever been an election on an AFL grand final saturday? or in january? Only time politics comes up at the same time as sport is when the policy needs to be hidden!

get over it people.. it’s no different to any other election and johnny is more than within his right to name an election date until january. you will still get to vote no matter when the election is.

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