For an explanation of why I’m writing these posts, see last night’s entry.
So, from the vantage point of commercial news, tonight was all about the kids. (And, again, the election was bumped into second spot, this time by a bloke driving his car into a shop in Cleveland.) Tony Abbott was “mobbed” and promised a great big new tax rebate for private school fees and violin lessons and stuff. The setting for this announcement was Faith Lutheran College, in the bayside Brisbane LNP ultra-marginal of Bowman.
No news on how this would be paid for, but then, I guess we take it for granted that they’re just making it up as they go along, and Simon Crean says they’ve made a counting error.
A certain former Prime Minister also went to visit some kids at Coorparoo in his electorate of Griffith, accompanied by a press pack as big as the current incumbent’s. Unlike Abbott, Kevin Rudd’s visit was to a state primary school. Nothing newsworthy happened but the sight of the local member campaigning locally was said to be disturbing ‘Labor strategists’. Or something. Surprising, really, they didn’t see it coming.
Oh, and Julia Gillard is still in favour of kids doing trades, as she was yesterday, but also today fending off questions about Kevin Rudd.
Come to think of it, the ABC news was much of the same. But with added pontificating.