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BRING IT ON! SLOWLY…

It may be a little like the tortoise and the hare, Tony Abbott sprinting here and there, all hairy-chested promises while Julia Gillard drags the weight of incumbency towards the finish line.

It may be a Labor masterstroke or it may be the last nail in the Labor coffin. We will not know until the morning after the election on September 14.

Julia Gillard certainly blindsided us all yesterday by calling the longest Australian election campaign.

 

gilard-announcementJulia Gillard addresses the National Press Club in Canberra. Photo: Gary Ramage, News Ltd.
 

The Prime Minister insisted it was not about a marathon campaign, rather, it was about removing the ...

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69 Comments

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    Sarah

    Great speech at the NPC, I did laugh at the murmur of shock throughout the room when she announced the election date.

    You have my support, PM.

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    ro.watson

    Over here in the West~ the state election is in March,2013. Arguments have started about whether the Barnett Liberal government, should, or should not be in caretaker mode? There have been a few recent “sweeteners”.

    I am wondering what the convention is on when caretaker mode starts, and does it differ betweeen a state election, and a federal election?

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    Booey

    And Tony Abbott just refused questions at another press conference!
    What’s he afraid of? Having to think on his feet?
    Is C Pyne the man?

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    Gabrielle chan

    As far as I know Ro, the govt is in caretaker mode when the writs are issued, which is not until August 12.

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    ro.watson

    Yip~ thanks Gabrielle~ well I think it is worth checking out that detail because over here there is a contest now about what is, and is not alright to do in “caretaker mode”. For example, I have heard the Minister of Health say I am sure the opposition would not mind if this investigation(Northam Hospital Emergency) was completed and acted on, notwithstanding the government will be in caretaker mode.(ABC local radio)

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    ro.watson

    By the way, I think it is fine to make decisions,notwithstanding the government is in caretaker mode, if the major opposition also agrees such a decision/action etc.. needs to be taken…

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    carole/m

    ” like sunlight through a magnifying glass ”

    ” bring it on ”

    “let’s do the bastard slowly ”

    Yes Abbott did the usual at his press conference , mouth full of bulldust then cut & run. Wouldn’t answer any questions .
    Went home to hide behind “the wife ” or had to ask Peta Credlin what to say next.
    I wonder who people will be voting for if they vote for the LNP , Margie ??? Peta ??? Or Phony Tony.

    It will be interesting to see how many “ME TOO”
    policies the LNP will come up with this time.

    OR

    How much more will they steal from the Republican campaign . We’ve already had the shirt & tie invitation only phony campaign launch.
    We’ve already had the disappearing man,
    Joe Hockey , ridiculously claiming they’re–
    ————————————————–
    Gonna ” Take Back Their Country “.

    ” LET THE GAMES BEGIN “

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    mikey

    long time to election and the libs have run out of dirt. perhaps they can convince another dodgy member to defect and then attack them? or maybe it’s up to the state liberal govts to crash the economy and blame gillard. worst opposition ever, borderline terrorists really.

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    sami

    Electrion campaigns always seem to drag on forever regardless ;) so boring. A lot of promises. Sigh!
    And I’m in WA so like Ro I am enjoying a state election as well… and I also have a local election in March. The trifecta, *yay*

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    helen b

    Oh no!!! A bombshell! Shock! Horror!

    Bindsided:
    1. To hit or attack on or from the blind side.
    2. To catch or take unawares, especially with harmful or detrimental results

    Where are you Corinne with the rage index and the outrage stakes???

    Have we got the betting stakes happening yet???

    My guess is that by the time the election happens, we’ll be begging for mercy from the merry-go-round of desperate political reporting. Slipper’s gone, Rudd’s taken a back seat, Craig Thompson??? We’ll be looking back at the politcal soapies of 2012 with a nostalgia that will surprise even us! Then again, what new ‘soapies’ are likely to emerge this year…????

    Maybe Julia will drop more bombshells!!! What…Tim and Julia to tie the knot???

    Or, Tony and Margie to divorce???

    Malcolm Turnbull to establish an eastern suburbs bikie gang???

    Corinne…please do a piece on the politics to keep us laughing hysterically all the way to the election!

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    helen b

    typo error above: the word I intended was ‘blindsided’ rather than ‘bindsided’. Wonder what ‘bindsided’ would mean.

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    ro.watson

    Got your drift Helen B~ and it is a good one. “Bindsided” in a dumper?!! Some thrilling surf out there~ suggest we hold on to our bathers holding on to what we have~ in, and without putting to crude a point on it~ not being ashamed about what we have out, vulnerable as we are to changing surfing/water/weather conditions.?!! Time and tides?

  • Reply January 30, 2013

    Helen K

    Not only NSW, but Victoria has set dates for elections (Nov 2014) – and I see from the comments above that WA does too. Gives a degree of predictability – most major policies will come out this year (at least, if they could be fairly controversial), to avoid too much the following year (and to roll out the known positive commitments which will win over voters), Having said that, it stops the whole term of government being a de facto election campaign, which is a good thing.

    I do think that it is a shame that there wasn’t better checking of significant religious dates before locking in Sept 14 (and I am not jewish – rather, Christian – so I know I would be very annoyed if Easter Friday or Christmas Day were selected, for instance – I like to be able to participate on the actual day).

    • Reply January 31, 2013

      anne louise

      Oh Helen, I wish NSW were having a state election this year. No. Instead Barry O’Farrell has years to continue to undermine our community and feather his own nest.

      • Reply January 31, 2013

        Julie

        I just hope people have learned lessons from the govts they have put in on NSW and Victoria. Appalling Liberal govts making appalling decisions with no concern whatsoever for people in lower socioeconomic groups. Their motto seems to be ‘sink or swim – we’re swimming on our taxpayer funded salaries, and we don’t care if you sink.

        • Reply January 31, 2013

          anne louise

          Don’t look at me.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    Alice

    Um most States have fixed terms… are you trying to write for a NSW audience? Or just ignorant of political workings in the rest of the country? Seriously I don’t get it….

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    JoanneH

    I had a good laugh this morning. Laurie Oakes (Channel 9) said Julia’s election date announcement would give Tony a huge advantage; he would now get more prominence in the media! How could that be possible? His daily ‘dress-up’ stunts are all over the media, and most Government news reports begin with Tony’s negative opinion before any facts can be found. He also makes sure his disruptive antics in Parliament head the evening news.

    The only way he could get more exposure would be if he had his own show on radio or TV, and that’s a scary thought ’cause Jeff Kennett was allowed to fill-in on radio 3aw (while Neil Mitchell was on holiday) in 1992, – a few weeks before he became Premier.

    • Reply February 1, 2013

      helen b

      Right on the money with this observation Joanne H!

      Whatever will our Australian ‘Putin’ get up to next to capture the nightly news spot???

      My mind goes crazy with what possibilities, all imaginary, could be contrived for Julia to grab the spotlight!…aside from anything politically relevant of course!

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    Linda

    Could not agree more with you JoanneH….the beauty in setting the date now means Labor can get stuck into discussing & bedding down their policies & reforms; whilst Abbott will increasingly look like the wooden, shallow & misogynistic bloke he is; totally devoid of real policy & ideas…mark my words – he will choke as the pressure mounts on him over the next eight months. Our PM, on the other hand, has managed to hold together a hung Parliament & is now in a position to deliver real reform…it is no mean feat that she has been able to do this whilst having one foot on her throat and one hand tied behind her back which is what managing this Parliament has been….she will now truly come into her own…100% behind you Julia…just “be yourself”…as Gabrielle says, bring it on!

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    Caroline B

    V smart move in my view. ALP taking control & setting the agenda, Tony Abbott left floundering & his lack of costed policies (vs meaningless, vague sloganeering) painfully obvious.

    I’d urge everyone with an interest in how this country is run – whatever their political persuasion – to contact local branches of & get involved. I think it’s going to be closer than MSM would have us believe!

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    Julie

    Good on the PM for being female and unpredictable and wrong-footing Abbott! I’d love to see her acting as if she is menopausal during the election campaign- that would really have speechless Tony running for the hills.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    Julie

    She also seems to be invoking a little of the inimitable PJK when he told Hewson “I’ll do you slowly’

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    Hooli

    I agree Caroline. Definitely a good call by Julia to take charge and to set the agenda at the policy level. Any personal attacks and empty promises from the Opposition will look all the more immature and desperate.

    Of course, what I am interested to see next is how much the media will actually devote their bandwidth, column space and gigabytes to actual analysis and discussion of policy. One assumes it is going to mean they will have to work a bit harder than their ‘he said, she said’ ‘analysis’ of yore. The length of the ‘campaign’ is going to depend greatly on what the media presents to its consumers, whatever Julia’s intentions.

    Oh, and I can’t wait to see if Tony A gets his butt on Q and A these next 8 months. I’m sure Julia will continue to take the opportunities presented.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    carole/m

    Laura Tingle & Lenore Taylor both asked Abbott questions re “Ashbygate” at today’s Press Club.

    He answered with “Hand on Heart”, that no members of his party or maybe it was front bench were involved & that Brough has done many interviews and answered all questions.

    Really??????

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    carole/m

    I’m sure Margot Kingston at the Independent will be very surprised to hear this.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    ro.watson

    Oh dear, meanwhile today Craig Thompson,on those cross, cross benches, has been arrested.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    moorie

    C Pyne is just another clone of Abbott, watching both of them is like watching paint dry. I am very concerned that if Abbott is elected we will just have a Federal version of NSW, VIC & QLD, with cuts to Education, Health and every other service that they can take the axe to, plus job cuts will probably be first on their list. It is frightening!

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    NarelleM

    Thank goodness our P.M., has taken the step to place her definitively in control of proceedings, well done P.M.

    A good artile Gabrielle and I agree with Sarah, carole/m, helen b, caroline, and Hooli, all well put comments that come to the heart of the matters at hand.

    Abbott’s NPC today was a joke, particularly the trowled on thick pancake make-up he seems to enjoy sporting so much. Is that really the look of a P.M.?

    Thompson being arrested – nice timing? by whom is what I ask. Why extradition to Vic? Didn’t he work for HSU in NSW? Or is it only Ted’s govt that will back such things, poor old Fatty O’Barrell too scared?!

    Now silly Eric Abetz trying to claim his boy Tony has given the best NPC speech yet. Boy there must be so much a… licking goes on in the LNP party rooms.

    Here’s hoping Tony can repeat Howard’s seat loss in September, best trick he could ever give the people of Australia.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    ro.watson

    I assume Craig Thompson has been arrested by police, Narelle. Here on the West coast we are three hours behind.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    ro.watson

    News here in the West, is that the Western suburbs of Sydney will decide the vote~ a greater number of seats there, than in the whole of W.A?

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    sami

    Haha ro, your comebacks make me laugh- “I assume Craig Thompson has been arrested by police” ;)
    Narelle to expand upon ro’s answer, he was arrested by the NSW fraud squad and a quick look at any news site will tell you the same:
    http://www.news.com.au/national/craig-thomson-arrested-by-police/story-fncynjr2-1226565909723

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    helen b

    Right on Narelle! The timing of Craig thompson’s arrest is fascinating and Lenore Taylor already writing it up in SMH:

    ‘Day one of Julia Gillard’s “turn the torch on Tony” election year strategy was derailed by Labor’s continued Health Services Union trauma.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/once-again-scandal-diverts-from-substance-20130131-2dmyy.html#ixzz2JX4fpnK4

    I hardly think so Lenore! ‘Derailed’???? Not possible with Julia in her POWER eyeglasses! The drama of the journos continues as they search for ANYTHING that makes some good juicy gossipy news.

    And they’re off and running…the first political soapie for 2013, the Craig Thompson affair! Yes, a re-run from 2012!

    Any chance of finding some new storylines, new takes on the old political dramas???

    I WAS going to write a comment about Julia’s glasses and the interest taken by the media. What was the power play implicit in the wearing of her new glasses??? Maybe they’re fakes, just worn for appearance sake, to intimidate journalists, the opposition, any one who wants to challenge her. And the talk about her hair colour changing on ‘The Project’! Got to be significant!

    A friend commented today on Tony A’s changing hair colour. Have to take note as I never look at or listen to him. Part of my risk management plan…reducing stress and irritation levels. She noticed he now has a red tinge to his hair. Is this possible??? Is he going to take up the ranga fashion trend which is alive and well in the world of women??? I will now be watching him to see if he’s creeping into the fashion stakes. Puts a whole new meaning into politics.

    So who’s running the NSW fraud squad? Why the arrest today? Something for the journos to chase.

    • Reply February 1, 2013

      vanessay

      Journalists and other people calling for the PM to explain Thompson’s arrest makes me feel like such a fool. I thought we enjoyed separation of powers here in Australia and was unaware that the PM could order someone’s arrest.
      Silly me!

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    ro.watson

    Ha ha on your colour and light commentary, Helen b.!!By the way, I have seen different spelling of Craig’s last name~ is it with or without a “p”?

    • Reply January 31, 2013

      helen b

      Thankyou Ro. Yes,yes, yes… no! ‘p’…that is. Also, has a capital T for Thomson. Need to remember, that as this is going to be a long re-run and further light relief may be required, for my own health benefits!

      Bear with, bear with, bear with… ;)

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    ro.watson

    The news thread at the top of the Hoopla home page spells his name as “Thomson”.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    sue Bell

    Although there are more seats in NSW than WA this is not unfair. Our Electoral office takes great care in setting electoral boundaries. They look at population numbers, environmental borders, natural groupings of peoples views and community.
    The Senate is completely different to the lower house, it is the States house. Each state has the same number of sitting members as every other state, this means legislation that may badly affect some states can be amended, sent to committee for further public consultation or sent back to the lower house meanwhile the lower house seats do really represent one person one vote. Weightage of the rural vote, where rural voters have more members of the lower house than what would be available under one person one vote, led to the abomination of the Queensland parliament especially as they do not have an upper house to review decisions. This why Bejelke Peterson could rule with only 16 % of the vote. Where I lived we had a member of parliament who represented 2,000 people whilst the city next door had one representative for 60,000 people. Our electoral system is considered one of the best in the world and secret ballot and compulsory voting are seen to be one of greatest inventions. Embrace your wonderful electoral system and be thankful it’s not like the Americans or British systems which stink.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    NarelleM

    Seems no one else is looking at this Thomson (please note no P) turn of events as an opportune spin to the LNP.

    George Brandis has in the past been quite vocal about his contacting Victorian Police re Thomson, bet George has been hitting the phones and emails big time.

    And of course good old Ted needs backing and propping up, so here’s his favours being done in advance.

    Thomson’s legal have state why 5 – 7 Fraud Squad to arrest him????? Exactly, and why were 7 News camped outside his door since 7am this morning, had they been tipped off by George at 5am?

    • Reply January 31, 2013

      helen b

      Exactly Narelle! And now the dirty politicking begins.

      As long as the mass media keep playing it up, it will deflect from policy into red herrings like the Slipper affair. We need to keep focussed on the issues and policies.

      The mainstream population can be hookwinked. Just look at Queensland.

      Hope that Hoopla gives voice to some rational debate, opportunities for people to discuss, be informed and access some alternative views on issues and problems.

      • Reply January 31, 2013

        anne louise

        More worrying tahn Qld helen b . . . . . . western Sydney! Gawd help us.

        • Reply January 31, 2013

          helen b

          That too anne louise! I get this totally.

          Tony’s been doing the rounds of ‘work experience’ selling himself as the ‘tradesman next door’, with all manner of manual skills as the labourer/plumber/forklift driver/assembly line worker/builder’s apprentice…need I go on!
          If the ‘masses who buy his spin’ follow up with a vote for this power driven extremist, then we all will pay for it!

          I trust in the power of the people who seek the truth, even when it’s hard to find. Words are a powerful influence and the mass media has a responsibility to consider how they are impacting the people. They’re not actually being called to be accountable for their words, although it’s starting to change.

          Our responsibility is to consider information presented to us, question everything and in the light of our personal ideology, political leaning and in terms of democratic principles. After all, democracy is the bottom line. I’d like to see more discussion about democratic principles, big picture stuff, so everyone can get some perspective on how we care for our population and country.

          Just recently, someone said to me ‘The liberals make the money and then labour spends it’, as though spending money was a crime. I could only reply ‘that’s what keeps us balanced’. We can’t keep spending and we can’t hoard our money.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    ro.watson

    Yip~get your points Sue Bell~fair enough in house of representatives one vote, one person, one value~ I,tentatively, felt slightly unsure when a whole State like W.A, can possibly equal house of representative votes from a few suburbs of western Sydney~ still not sure if that is hyperbole~ yet under-populated States like W.A get less share of gst whilst contributing more total dollars per capita(ie person)? So what?!! Well that is the constant incantation this way.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    mrs pops

    a great decision to name the election date so we don’t have a faux campaign. the liberals need to state their policies. Barry O’Farrell has been breaking his promises and is a real disappointment. they told us there was $1 billion deficeit but the Auditor General said they had made an accounting error. this hardly received any press. our local community has had several services cut and my friends and I know 28 people who lost their job in the govt sector and only 2 have found work. I am really wanting to see more detail on the national disability scheme and the gonski review.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    sue Bell

    W.A. might get less GST but they and the smaller states get a proportional share of Federal taxes from the big states so that there is equality of share not based on population. Further to that the Federal Government also gives out money for major projects in each state and these monies are basically proportional to need. i.e. W.A has far more roads than Victoria so they usually get a bigger share of funding for roads. It is a very equable system. Remember Ro you are being constantly fed spin. We all are that’s what state governments do to try and force more money out of federal treasury and to try and knock the Federal government out (no matter whose in it doesn’t seem to matter).

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    anne louise

    Well Tone’s off to a great start with me, Not! Has ear marked school kids bonus for the knife. And mining tax and carbon tax. But improved parental leave (which is ok by me, but when we can afford it). The school kids bonus is available to families eligible for Family Tax Benefits part A!!!! Go Tone and Gina.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    ro.watson

    I cannot contest what you say Sue~ really all this and spin and that goes right over my head, a gift for which I am extremely glad~ especially when the talk is around $$ not people~I am merely reporting what I have heard repetitively for a very long time, on the Western front, as some who repeated this message, scorned a super mineral resources tax~ which as we all know~ got bumped down a few notches~ and now we are all wondering who paid any federal minerals resources rent tax? I thought privacy belonged to people, not corporations?

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    ro.watson

    On your point,Sue, about an equitable division of monies from federal taxes for roads etc..and even better things to spend money on…etc..I don’t know even how to work this division/divide out~ the rhetoric here is we don’t get nearly enough~ given what we put in to the national pot of $$. This is after all on the edge of a younger frontier~ the western front~ that edge after desert~and very repetitive about unfairness vis a vis the Eastern states.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    Georgia

    I love that PM Gillard has called the election early; no dodgy dancing around dates; out of step with “conventional” tactics. As Linda said above she has held a minority govt. together and goverened so strongly brining in a carbon tax and staying strong with the general mainstream media so against her and so easily fooled by Abbott, who is a nasty man. I admire the PM, but I will still vote Greens because they are the only ones with the correct policy on climate and many other issues I care about.

  • Reply January 31, 2013

    ro.watson

    From a W.A perspective, I can see why house of reps. votes in W.A might be ignored if those votes amount to a few suburbs in Western Sydney. I am looking for clarity on this posited assessment?!! It seems not quite right, from a W.A perspective~ wrong even~ but maybe I have an idea of spread of population over a vast area versus Eastern states much smaller, intensely populated areas?

    • Reply February 1, 2013

      anne louise

      ro., population of western sydney is greater than population of WA

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  • Reply February 1, 2013

    carole/m

    Helen B,
    I agree with most of the things you said.

    As for someone saying ” the Liberals make money and Labor spends it “. That statement is errant nonsense & shows complete ignorance as to how Government works . Very simply , governments don’t make money , they collect taxes & charges & then decide how this money will be spent .
    Much of this expenditure is on all of the basic things that we have come to expect in our society eg. Public Service , Roads, Hospitals , Schools & Education, Pensions etc etc etc

    All of these are normal to every Government , Labor or LNP , the difference is in the priorities ,
    eg. The PM wants to put more money into a Fair Education for all Children , the NDIS , NBN etc.
    This means they have to spend less elsewhere.

    Unfortunately for Labor they have come to power at the start of the worst financial crisis the World has experienced since the World wide Depression in, I think ,
    about 1929.

    In fact the Labor Government is a lower spending , lower taxing government than the Howard Government ever was , we also have lower interest rates & lower inflation tha the Howard Government.

    I know that so many people don’t get this but that’s because of the endless BLATANT LIES that have been put out there by the LNP , lies that the pathetic media allow to go unchallenged.

    Therein lies the problem for Labor.

    A lying deceitful opposition & a lazy media that’s more than happy to go along with the lies.

    • Reply February 1, 2013

      helen b

      carole/m..with you 100%!

      The context of the comment made to me about labour spending all the money: This came from a diehard liberal who does some work for me and sounds off about everything re ‘the old order’ dying away, being challenged. We had already had some discussion about refugeees, Muslims, the flag etc etc.

      As he was leaving he started on politics, knowing my views. My comment about keeping balance was a throw away line said with some suppressed irritation in order to bring it all to a close. I just will not get into this kind of debate with uninformed and/or resistant people. And I’m talking about people resistant to ‘TRUTH’!

      Thankyou for your posting and putting a few minds straight on the way things are. Totally appreciate this and feel exactly the same way.

      We all need to stay on top of this over the next few months as best we can in whatever way we can. But I am not going to waste my energy getting into verbal interchanges with those who are fixated on the lies and deception being fed to them.

      Sorry about misleading you about what I said. I just had to shut this guy up and not waste my breath on him.

      Thanks for pulling me up on my words…we all need reminding what we’re actually communicating. ;)

  • Reply February 1, 2013

    NarelleM

    carole/m and helen b – great reading ladies, so many good and honest facts there from you both.

    Now the burning question, how do we place all the so called journos of this country into a chaffe bag and drop them in the Atlantic (should be far enough away)and let you two ladies take over instead for the next 8 months?? Surely it’s possible.

  • Reply February 1, 2013

    carole/m

    Thanks Helen B , I wasn’t meaning to pick you up on your words , just to correct what this other person said to you .

    Trust me , I hear this rubbish too , from people who believe everything they read in the newspapers & everything they hear from the “personality ” commentators on TV .

  • Reply February 1, 2013

    carole/m

    NarelleM

    That would be one helluva big chaffe bag but a damn good idea.

  • Reply February 3, 2013

    ro.watson

    Thanks for clarification that western Sydney has more votes than the whole of W.A. That might explain how come e.g remote aboriginal communities in W.A have been putting up with less for years.

  • Reply February 3, 2013

    Jen

    Helen K,

    Prominent Jewish leaders have said that the election date isnt a problem at all…..

    Its strange that Michael Danby isnt going to campaign for his job on that day….???

    Religion over politics….

    He will regret those comments because it looks really weird to say that now….

    Sigh

  • Reply February 3, 2013

    ro.watson

    I have respect for the craft of journalism~at least in its truth telling ambit by thorough investigation, and then quality prose to tell the story.

    It is a shame so many of that profession are now in jobs which require spin manufacture, and such spin via press releases, is reported as news every day.

  • Reply February 3, 2013

    Rhoda

    Helen B’s comment – “I’d like to see more discussion about democratic principles, big picture stuff, so everyone can get some perspective on how we care for our population and country. ” says exactly how I feel about all this.

    I’m really tired of hearing about the Thomson circus. The public is looking on with bored faces,

    Buying into bread and circuses just gives politicians opportunity to go on their policy free way.

    Is there no one out there willing to identify key issues and engage the electorate in real debate because if all I have to listen to is drivel for the next 8 months then I’ll be switching off.

  • Reply February 4, 2013

    carole/m

    Rhoda
    I don’t know what your listening to but the PM has stated her major policies eg.
    Gonsky -( a fair education for ALL children)
    NDIS. – National Disability Insurance
    plus others like continued action on climate change , continued roll out of Fast Broadband
    etc. etc. These are all important to me .
    The PM is determined to do these & will announce how they are to be funded.

    Abbott on the other has only announced , so far as I can tell , what he will take away eg.
    in his speech at the Press Club last week , he promised to cancel Education Allowance which is paid to all parents to help with the cost of sending children to school , I think these paents are $400 for children in primary school &
    $800 for Secondary School children.

    He will also cancel Carbon Pricing , which I think is an irresponsible backward step & cancel the tax on Super Profits made by Mining Companies
    Also stop the rollout of the NBN ( Superfast Broadband ) & instead have an inferior system which I think is ridiculous .

  • Reply February 4, 2013

    Rhoda

    Sorry Carole, you mistook my meaning – my fault. I was just referring to all the blah that make the headlines.

    The Gonsky initiative is a good one if it can be implemented but you won’t get the details on the front page of newspapers and nor will it be discussed on A Current Affair. Which is my point. All parents should be engaged in the dialogue, not just the few. It matters that the government and the bureaucrats responsible get it right.

    And I will be voting for the NDIS at the ballot box. But how far off is it from implementation? What are the nitty gritty issues that have to be resolved? Who is going to be eligible and who is not? What criteria will they have to meet? Etc
    I don’t see any of this on a front page and yet it is an extremely ambitious reform.

    I don’t care what our PM or her ministers wear to work. I don’t care what they eat or who does their hair. I do care that they get supported to the hilt while implementing a policy that will change the lives of so many people in this country.

    Why can’t journalists and reporters use their talents to bring the voices of this invisible nation to the front page. Because it’s all bread and circuses.

  • Reply February 5, 2013

    ellen

    dont get sidetracked by the rhetoric which will be flying for months.
    we need to focus on which is the better party to govern. leaders come and go but the party goes on.
    do you want businessmen who know how to make money and how to keep it union leaders who have no experience in these matters.
    poor abbot cant sell himself but julia wont convince the money men that she is a better choice.
    announcing it early wont do what julie hopes it will only distill the campaigning process.

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