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

Thou shalt not raid aid ships in international waters and expect people to believe the other guys started it

The Hobart Mercury 2/6/2010

It turns out that the Israeli commandos had just popped in to play a quiet game of shuffleboard, then one of the passengers looked at them funny, and, well, what happens on the cruise stays on the cruise…