Friday, August 20, 2010

we will or we won't

Yes I have been stupidly quiet during this election. But there is little to be said here that hasn't been said before.

Perhaps the Chaser boys sum it up best with this song.

Theyr'e all f*cked

Though there are some degrees of f*cked-ness.

Both major parties have gone backwards in terms of a humanitarian approach to refugees, gay marriage and continue to throw over $400 million at the school chaplaincy program.

The Mad Monk however has gone a step further in back to the future reform by at the eleventh hour reviving the ID card. It's almost as if Labour and Liberal are duking it out to see who'll come up with the most draconian policies.

Of course there are worse parties, Family First being the obvious one. If nothing else tomorrow, before you head to the ballot box check this nifty site to find the party preferences for the Senate in every state. Vote Below The Line if easy to use, you can even print your own how to vote card. Whatever the outcome of this election, please let's not have another preferences deal senator (yes, I'm looking at you dumb labor votors who voted above the line) from an off the planet party representing us again. One Senator Fielding was more than enough.

And while we are on the subject of climate change deniers, Abbott and many of his cronies are still not convinced that our polluting lifestyle has anything to do with the accelerated death of the planet.

The way I see it as far as the major parties policies go (I'm sure they have some hidden under the facade of this being a presidential-style election campaign) it is a choice of right or further right. I hope 2010 sees the re-emergence of a strong third party, left leaning presence in the senate to reign in the worst of the legislation. Though perhaps one more uncompromising than in the UK.

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6:06 pm  
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Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

tonight some of us will plonk down in our loungerooms watching the tally room with Twitter on our laptops, and look for small stories to laugh at.

In Ballarat the LIBs had to gag their candidate after he said on air that he would redesign a roundabout in Baccchus Marsh. Their candidate at the previous election was a ning-nong too. I almost feel sorry for them.

2:42 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

Well, the wash up this morning is just kinda m'eh.

I'm appalled for Labor, but then, what have they been thinking? Right or further right is spot on, my friend.

BUT YAY Seat of Melbourne! A Green in the Lower House...brilliant.

10:11 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Oh yes I got a Green MP and the country has nine (?) Green Senators who hold the balance of power in the upper house!

10:27 am  
Blogger Marshall-Stacks said...

I voted Green above the line on the Senate paper, thinking that it was so HUGE and millions of them were printed - a bit not-Green really.

15% of Kevin Rudd's Griffith voted #1 Green, 10% of the Corangamite cliffhanger is Green votes and their Prefs have tipped the seat microscopically to Labor who polled 4000 fewer primary votes than Libs.

5:06 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

I think proportional representation would be more democratic than this weird Australian preferential system.

Or am I just being a misguided kiwi on this one?

5:12 pm  

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