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PostSubject: Australian Politics thread    Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:00 am

Who likes electoral massacres? I know I do.

For those unfamiliar, the contenders are:

Opposition Leader - Barry O'Farrel (NSW-Lib)

Incumbent Premier - Kristina Keneally (OHIO-Dem)

The incumbent Labor government (or what's left of it) is expected to be left with as little as 16 seats in the 90 seat lower house. The state Labor government has pretty much been the worst in modern history. All the ministerial scandals aside, it has had an appaling track record of managing money and delivering on its commitments. The recent privatisation of electricty assets was also an utter mess and a rip-off. Their inevitable demise will be:




"Outstanding."


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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:07 am

You stole my word.

Massacre indeed. And its going to be quite a spectacle.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:25 pm

Looking greatly forward to it :bounce:
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:30 pm

I love this ad:



Rising prices and government charges suck, I agree. Wait, who's in goverment again...?

Although I prefer the Libs' response:

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:18 am

Slight deviation from state politics, but how much of a joke is Bob Brown? He demands an apology from Tony Abbott because a couple of people at that anti-tax rally had signs calling Julia Gillard a bitch and yet Brown had no qualms attending rallies where innumerable placards compared John Howard to Hitler.

What an utter fuckwit.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:15 am

Yeah its like Tony Abbott calling a peoples revolt against a new tax, as though he was never going to introduce one himself. ;)

But I agree on Brown, utter fuckwit. Lets be glad theres only one of him and we didnt have a hung parliament where only the Greens held non-big 2 seats. That would be scary.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:55 am

Scary thing is, Brown is actually pretty moderate (or at least he acts that way) compared to his NSW counterparts (some of whom - Fiona Byrne most unfortunate of which - are set to win seats on Saturday). How long until Marrickville Council starts raiding Judischer stores looking for verboten products?
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:09 am

Canada will most likely head to the polls soon as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:10 am

Read that while O'Farrell was campaigning at a school yesterday - a kid kept on yelling "penis!" whenever he was reading.

That is one awesome kid. laugh
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:48 am

Maybe he was just asking the teacher for some stationary.

"Pen, Miss?"
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:41 pm

CJB wrote:
Slight deviation from state politics, but how much of a joke is Bob Brown? He demands an apology from Tony Abbott because a couple of people at that anti-tax rally had signs calling Julia Gillard a bitch and yet Brown had no qualms attending rallies where innumerable placards compared John Howard to Hitler.

What an utter fuckwit.

I can't wait to see the other five greens or however many it is eviscerate themselves once he retires. I give them two elections till they go the way of the Democrats.

And Brown, hate him as I do, is still better than Sarah Hansen-Young.

Kenneally should go into Federal Politics, but I suspect the internal Labor machine doesn't want someone high profile on the Labor bench who'd make Gillard look even more monotonous and robotic. Sure, she's leader of a dud government, but she's got more charm, wit and (possibly, she's in such a dud position it's hard to tell) intelligence than any of the other hags on the Labor side of the chamber.

Plus, she's hot.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:14 pm

Vesper wrote:
Plus, she's hot.

I think there's bipartisan agreement on this. The motion is carried in the affirmative.

Though I think she was a clusterfuck of a Premier and I will enjoy watching her get electorally curbstomped, I admire the fact she's still fighting on (she happens to be my grandparents' MP) as opposed to the party's secretary, Sam Dastyari, who's conceded the ALP is going to lose. Great way to rally the troops! Plus he looks like a cross between a young Leonid Brezhnev and a foetus.



And the "Sussex Street Machine" wonders why it's in the shitter. laugh
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:29 pm

I can't comment on her ability as a Premier (though to be honest, she was handed a pinless grenade) because I haven't followed NSW politics extensively for eons (well, a year) but I admired the way she didn't immediately bend over for Rudd over the (ditched) health funding agreement and she handles herself with more spark and wit in the media and on the floor than just about anyone on the Labor front bench.

But Labor are seriously lacking much talent at the moment but for Rudd and Stephen Smith, just about all of their talent got shafted in the take over. Penny Wong's in the sh*tter. Tanner's gone. Shorten's "I'm not here to argue" schtick gets old and patronising very quickly. Combet presents like an oily Communist from Revolutionary Russia. Roxon has become completely overwhelmed by her portfolio. Plibersek is inane. Conroy is hopeless.

Who else does that leave? Wayne Swan, Jenny Macklin and Craig Emerson?

For all the Libs faults and screw ups, they have a much deeper bench. Even if Joe Hockey and Mirabella are oafs from the same idiotic tree.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:11 pm

Newspoll out today.

Primary Vote:
Labor - 23%
Coalition - 50%

2PP:
Labor - 36%
Coalition - 64%

Preferred Premier:
Keneally - 32%
O'Farrel - 48%


My seat of Maroubra is considered Labor's 16th safest. It's never been out of the ALP's hands, but it might just fall to the Libs tomorrow. It'll be damn close though. The incumbent MP, Michael Daley, is fairly popular and is tipped to be the lucky bugger to lead the annihilated ALP after the election.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:40 pm

It's oooooooooooon.

Sky News exit poll is pointing to a 21% swing against Labor.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:30 pm

Great speech by Kenneally. You could see the whole 15 months of work behind it ;)
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:58 pm

OK I just got back from the pub and I had a lot of bourbon and whte russians, so I may be a little incoherent.

Coalition is set to get 70 seats. Awesome. Fucking good work O'Farrel.

But Maroubra (my local seat if you remember). Fucking Maroubra. All those seats in Western Sydney and elsewhere going to the Libs for the first time....but not Maroubra. Maroubra sticks to Labor like shit to toilet paper. This is why this dull hole will always be the Eastern Suburbs' beachead of Boganism. Well fucking done Maroubra. Keep Michael Daley - who wanted to close Malabar police staiton before he MIRACULOUSLY saved it. Well fucking done.

Oh well the Coalition won and Maroubra will reap zero rewards out of that. Choke on your fucking surfboards you dole bludging lads.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:03 pm

Hey! One of my aunts live in Maroubra and she's been a public servant since she failed as an actor/director and now a TAFE drama teacher...

...in her defense she was planning on voting liberal for the first time of her life and is contemplating a capitalist enterprise to pay off her third mortgage (on her third property...) so y'know, she's seeing the light in her old age.

And who the hell drinks white russians? laugh
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:09 pm

I'm a white russian. Well actually my great-grandpa was a bolshevik. Anyway I had plenty of bourbon so I thought Id finsh up with something lighter.

Oh well at least it looks like Finoa Byrne won't become member for hamas after all.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:09 pm

Fuck I see heaps of typos thorugh blurry eyes, Better go bed,
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:13 pm

CJB wrote:
Oh well at least it looks like Finoa Byrne won't become member for hamas after all.

I looked at her and thought: "She doesn't look like a lesbian"

Then she opened her mouth...
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:46 am

Now that I'm sober, let me make it perfectly clear that I think Maroubra is great and it's untrue that a large number of its denizens are dipshit bogans who cry tears of joy when they see Centrelink and McDonalds within walking distance of each other.













I kid, I kid, I'm not that bitter. laugh
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:41 pm

Great win by the Libs, enjoyed watching the vote counting on the TV.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:44 pm

Thank god the Greens' irrelevancy was finally hammered home. Not that they or the media will treat it as such.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:25 pm

It's a good thing Earth Hour was on the same day as the election. That way middle-class white people got to clear their manufactured guilty conscience by switching off power for an hour rather than having to vote for the Greens.
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