What The Heck?

The blighters were just playing games when they checked Tony Crook’s intentions. What was the point of that? Just to prove that they are the big boys now? No one in the playground is going to push them around, cause it’s their turn to do the pushing? Based on their performance over the last week, these …

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Tony Needs To Toughen Up

Brandt has signed up with Labor after Bob Brown was promised a carbon tax. Wilkie has signed up with Labor after he was promised a renovated hospital in Hobart. Tony Abbott now needs to be absolutely clear about three things. Firstly, the Liberal party will not be buying votes. It will not be making infrastructure …

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Just Back

… from two hours of handing out how to vote cards in Kingscote (Mayo, SA). Two things of interest. 1. Someone who thought I was offering her a Labor card said ‘Not without Kevin.’ I wasn’t sure the knifing of Kevin Rudd really would make a difference to the election. It has. 2. The number …

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Inevitable Election Prediction

All right, so I may be embarrassed tomorrow, but here goes. In primary votes, the Liberals are way ahead. But with preference deals counted, most polls show them at 48% and Labor at 52%. Tim Blair has all the bases covered, but suggests the most likely outcome is a three to eight seat victory for Labor. …

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Gillard Strident and Negative – ABC News

No, Julia Gillard being strident and negative is not news. What is news is that an ABC correspondent says she is. Even Julia seems to be admitting that she is now running a wholly negative campaign. She has to, you know, because things are tough. John Styles at Australian Conservative nails the Labor strategy: Lies: simply …

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The Age

There was a time when, even though left leaning, The Age stood for clear reporting, and the best of liberal values, in the sense of being fair and open. That has not been the case for many years. The Age has become more and more rigidly dogmatic, biased in its ‘factual’ reporting of political matters, and resistant to the expression …

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Labor’s Report Card

Based on comments by Engineer and Mick Davis on Andrew Bolt’s blog. Labor’s Report Card 20/20 Summit – FAIL Millions of dollars of your money wasted. No ideas from summit implemented. Aboriginal Housing – FAIL $300 million of your money spent, no houses built. Grocery Watch – FAIL Millions of dollars of your money wasted, no outcome. Fuel Watch – FAIL Millions …

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A Teensy Little Gloat

Despite the morbid prognostications of Mr Mackerras and the left-wing locos, I said before the Higgins and Bradfield by-elections that both seats would be retained easily by the Liberals, that neither would go to preferences, and that there was a chance both candidates would be returned with increased majorities. I even gave a fairly detailed …

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Libs Come To Their Senses

Maybe Tony Abbott did not ignore my fax. And maybe Kevin Andrews was willing to run just to test the level of support for Malcolm Turnbull, with another stronger candidate in the background. In any case, it looks like there will be a vote on the Liberal leadership on Monday. It is absolutely clear now that …

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Backseat Bonking Backfires

Well, it was either that or ‘Big Banana Bonks Barmaid.’ I am no fan of Mike Rann. His is a government that has achieved very little at great expense. But I am less than impressed by suggestions his term as Premier should be brought to an end by revelations about his relationship with parliament house …

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