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Services or handouts?

Promises from both parties raise the question of whether it’s preferable to invest billions in public services or spend the same amount on targeted handouts and tax breaks to individual voters to compensate for some of the costs of those

Posted in federal election '07, Howardia

“Doc” Howard takes us back to the future

From today’s Crikey email: Before he flicked the switch from the testy old bloke mode he was in at the start of the campaign, John Howard memorably told Kerry O’Brien that the Coalition’s vision was all about “back to the

Posted in federal election '07, Howardia

Whatever happened to the culture wars?

Been wondering what’s happened to “values” and the culture wars in this campaign? So have I, and I’ve had a stab at an answer to the question over at the ABC’s election op/ed site Unleashed.

Posted in culture, federal election '07, Howardia

Education for all, not just the poor!

John Howard was right about something yesterday. We do know what he stands for. As Tony Wright observes in a punchy piece in The Age, he stands for middle class welfare – means testing apparently is “discriminatory” or something –

Posted in federal election '07, Howardia

Two bombshells

It was a big night for the ABC. Hopefully, a good sign that Auntie is recovering her courage in the lead up to a possible change of government. Two stories, one which began on Media Watch and was also covered

Posted in federal election '07, Howardia, media, Security

Reds under the bed

My thoughts on today’s Coalition campaign launch have been posted over at PollieGraph. Update: Some campaign launch reaction and analysis from the folks at Crikey.

Posted in federal election '07, Howardia

Tales from the Rove playbook

From today’s Crikey: Maybe Australian journos don’t spend too much time following American politics. For reasons which are completely obscure, there was a bit of a “shock horror!” beat up about American pollsters advising the Labor Party to use the

Posted in federal election '07, Howardia


Nicholson nails Howard’s apologia.

Posted in federal election '07, Howardia

John Howard, the 007 version

Pure comedy gold from Aussie Bob at Surfdom – Cabinet: The Movie. Nothing more to say. Go round and look.

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Posted in culture, Federal Elections, Howardia, levity

Egging Brendan

Defence Minister Brendan Nelson might find himself with a few things to explain about his handling of the Education portfolio, back in the day: THE long-held secret of which nine Australian Research Council grants were vetoed by former education minister

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Posted in Federal Elections, Howardia, politics

Ozonomics – Inside the Myth of Australia's Economic Superheroes

The meme that the steadily growing economy of the last decade owes a lot to a) luck, and b) the Hawke-Keating reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, has been steadily propogating after, seemingly, starting out as a few grizzles in

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, Economics, Federal Elections, government, Howardia, Policy, politics

YouTube, campaigns and TEH STOOPID

Last month, I linked to Rachel Maddow‘s rather groovy video deconstruction of the campaign asylum. Rachel’s worth watching again, taking on the Republicans (and Hillary) on Iraq: Incidentally, we could do with a better debate on Iraq – not just

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Posted in Climate change, elections, Federal Elections, Film, TV, Video etc, Howardia, Iraq

Labor premiers do the differentiation? And other reflections on Mohamed Haneef

There were some suggestions on the thread about Mohamed Haneef that the Labor response to wedges is for Rudd or a shadow minister to agree with the government, only to have Premiers and other state Labor figures cast doubts as

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Posted in Authoritarianism, Crime, Developing world, elections, Howardia, immigration, Law, politics, Terrorism

Go Ahead, Be Stupid – It's Your Democratic Right!

CHRIS UHLMANN: On a personal level, were you expecting to see some signs of a turnaround in the polls by now? TONY ABBOTT: I think it would be fair to say that you always tend to expect that good government

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Posted in Federal Elections, Howardia, levity

Moral Panic Monday! II

If things get really desparate for the government this year, will they be tempted to take a leaf out of Utah Republicans’ book? “Utah County Republicans ended their convention on Saturday by debating Satan’s influence on illegal immigrants. (…) Don

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Posted in Apocalypse, Howardia, immigration, levity, religion
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