What a revelation . I can't vote directly for
Julia Gillard , I'll actually have to vote in my own electorate OMG how can I ever thank you and here I was about to get on a bus and head straight for Canberra to vote !!!!!!!! - Carole/m
I will vote labor because Julia Gillard has been a good PM with good policies; because she has not been cowed by the bully boys of the opposition and her own party; because she manages to get out of bed each morning to handle with dignity and grace the shovel loads of vileness heaped upon her; because the thought of Tony Abbott as PM fills me with horror; and lastly because she is a good woman. I would not vote for her just because she is a woman, eg I would not vote for Julie Bishop if she were leader of the Opposition under any circumstances. And I will not vote Labor if Rudd regains the PMship. He and his followers sabotaged Julia Gillard in 2010 . They betrayed their own party and everyone who voted Labor. Now they are doing it again. I thought I was a rusted on Labor voter but Rudd is like a squirt of WD-40. - Jacqueline
Victoria, I live in a rural area of a Labor held electorate. I am not rich and idle, and I don’t know any Labor supporters who are.
I'm very happy with this Government, but fear how much Tony Abbott will wreck.
We have SAVED money on electricity bills thanks to ‘pink batts’, solar panels, and using power more efficiently;
looking forward to better broadband access with the NBN; building has commenced this year thanks to Labor on a badly needed new hospital;
PBS has lowered prices on popular medications we use;
a handicapped relative will get more support with NDIS;
all my grandchildren will get better education through improved Gonski funding;
the ‘school kids bonus’- big help;
‘plain packet cigarettes bold move towards tobacco-free kids; action on carbon is insurance for future generations;
security of employment for myself and family thanks to low unemployment, and Labor’s Fair Work legislation; superannuation reforms means more money in the future for my husband and I;
my parents also appreciate the genuine increases in their pensions - not pre-election bribes. - JoanneH
Assumptions about others lives and positions are always dangerously unpredictable things Victoria.
AS for the Carbon Tax, even China is now putting its own tax on carbon. The whole world agrees that something must be done to ward off the extremes of climate change. So, as you state that you live in a regional area, I would like you consider who it is that has to bail you and your neighbours out when there are floods, bushfires, tornadoes, cyclones and droughts. It is all the other taxpayers who must stump up emergency payouts. As climate change will only increase these events and most of them occur in regional areas, I think it would be smart of you to consider the carbon tax as something all of us will help you help yourselves.
As the day of the election gets closer the choice becomes all the more obvious for me. - Janet G
Stopped reading when I got to "this quote from the Australian" - Ian
I have a handbag organizer in my handbag. I think that just about sums me up really xx - Kelly Exeter
Good on you Helen but no use arguing with them. Human beings throughout history have shown an alarming appetite for propaganda. The age old tricks are in play here once again. Destabilize, appeal to fears, character assassination. It all finds easy acceptance by those who feel personally aggrieved and resentful. It is always someone else's fault. Put up a straw dog for them to hate. Roll up ladies and gentlemen to the Punch and Julia show. - Dianne
I have a recurriing nightmare. Tony Julie Christopher &Mirrabilla. I have been a Labour voter for 70 odd years so will take a deep breath and go for it. - Old Nan
www.flylady.net - check it out if your life is a mess and it's making you stressed. She has a step-by-step program (all free), and you can be as anal as you want to be about it, or not. But she changed my life. - Serene
So because she didn't mean it it's not offensive? Like Eddie and the little girl?
I detest Gillard but there is no way on earth I'd embarrass her on national tv like that. Just as I wouldn't embarrass Gina Reinhart the way David Hypocrite Marr, Barry Humphries and the rest of the elite gaggle did.
The tone of public discourse is disgusting. Reading the twitter feeds of celebrity and media people makes me sick. They hold themselves up as the moral superiors leading the brainwashed sheepies away from the disgusting grip of conservatism but they're just uncouth members of a groupthink cult. - Mel
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This is Sally (black puppy) and LuLu Finkelsen. Why do we love our Tibetan Terriers – because they are the ideal family pet. They are warm and loving and they are the holy dogs from Tibet! Mary Finkelsen