The debate so far

The most revealing election debate has been the debate over whether to have a second debate.

When Tony thought it was in his interests for our two prospective leaders to deliver their scripted statements to our great democracy from the same TV stage at the same time, he was all for it, and later when Julia decided it was in her interests, so was she.

Unsurprisingly, Tony’s self-interest and Julia’s self-interest failed to coincide, and whether or not it was in the interests of the country to have a second debate never entered the equation, which probably tells you everything you need to know.

The Australian, 5 August 2010

A lot of gall

It says a lot about this election campaign that the most interesting player so far has been Kevin Rudd’s gallbladder. Okay, it’s wrong to be doing jokes about people going to hospital, but come on, the metaphorical knifing, the sneaky leaker, a spray from Mr Angry Pancreas Mark Latham, then an operation to remove an organ that stores bile? There’s probably a cartoon or two in that.

The Weekend Australian, 31 July 2010

The Hobart Mercury, 31 July 2010

Please number your ballot paper randomly for the sake of democracy

You have to admire the way Julia has taken the logical next step from having policy entirely driven by focus groups to simply making setting up a focus group the actual policy. While I’m sure that 150 people picked randomly out of the phonebook will definitely be able to sort out climate change in no time, there is in fact a mechanism for gauging the will of the people which we like to call an “election” and it does seem a shame not to use it, considering all the trouble people go to putting up the voting booths.

At least we’re all quite clear that Tony definitely probably might or might not think god will sort climate change out anyway with one of those floods or something depending on the direction the wind’s blowing at the time.

Both sides so far: zero out of ten. Please try harder, some of this stuff is actually quite important.

The Weekend Australian, 24-25 July 2010

The Hobart Mercury, 24 July 2010

How ex is my parrot?

It seems that Tony’s signed what looks suspiciously like an AWA during his interview for the job of PM. I suppose this means that if he sticks to the contract and doesn’t reintroduce Workchoices, that will show how well Workchoices would work, making not reintroducing Workchoices an excellent argument for reintroducing Workchoices. It’s all a bit confusing, but at least it’s a distraction from how annoying the words “moving”, “forward” and “together” are becoming.

The Hobart Mercury, 20 July 2010

Marginal electorates bring your brollies

Denison really needs to get a bit more organised if we ever want to get some decent swag out of a federal election. Next time somebody asks, it’s very simple, say Liberal or Green. Then we get stuff. Nobody’s going to hold you to it on the day.

The Hobart Mercury, 17 July 2010