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Nicholas Stuart’s Rudd’s Way and the spectre of Kevin07

There’s been extensive discussion of Nicholas Stuart’s new book, Rudd’s Way on Brian’s thread about the political demise of Kevin Rudd. I’ve been dipping into it and have written a post about it for the ABC’s Campaign Diary blog. I

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Posted in culture, federal election 2010, history, politics

Little Australia and the population ‘debate’

Bernard Keane has a good piece in this morning’s Crikey election special edition, reflecting on yesterday’s installment of the so-called population debate. Let’s remember that Julia Gillard linked the asylum seeker issue to infrastructure and sustainability issues in the first

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Posted in federal election 2010, Howardia, immigration

The view from Channel Nine II

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

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Posted in federal election 2010, media

Quick link: Campaign news and the contest for KRudd’s seat

The Poll Bludger has posted a useful wrap of some recent developments which is worth a read. Among the links cited, there’s one to the selection of Rebecca Docherty as the LNP candidate for Kevin Rudd’s seat of Griffith: The

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Posted in federal election 2010

Open election leaflet and propaganda thread

I noted in my last post that television (particularly commercial tv) is the single most influential source of information for voters during election campaigns. Direct communication by political parties is also important, tending to trump the febrile discourse of the

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Posted in elections

The untold story of how Kevin 07 bit the dust

In a classroom not far from here last week the 6-year olds were being prepared to work in groups of four. Two in each group had obvious roles, leaving the other two to make up the numbers, as it were.

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Posted in elections, politics

Endless rehashing of the Labor leadership change: supplementary thread

Since we’d like commenters to stay on topic, we are providing this thread for all those who wish to continue to discuss the merits of the change from Kevin Rudd to Julia Gillard.

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Posted in politics

Open New Government thread

Today the Rudd ministry will be sworn in by the Governor General. I suspect there will be press conferences. Update by MB: Photo added, borrowed from The Age.

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Posted in government, media

Preferred PM Theorem

In an unexpected guest post at The Poll Bludger, The Government Gazette maintains the rage: Kevin Rudd’s prime ministerial ambitions lie in tatters today after yet another devastating opinion poll, this time from ACNielsen. For all the ignorant whingeing levelled

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Posted in Federal Elections, media, Polls

Open Labor Conference thread

Meanwhile, up here in Brisvegas, I’ve just noticed on my stumble home from the Valley Jazz Festival, The Curious-Snail headline for tomorrow is framed by a huge picture of Rudd, and the headline reads something like “This man will help

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Posted in Federal Elections, politics

About that Speech

According to John Howard’s opening to his major speech on “Australia Risingâ€? yesterday, Queensland is the down-under equivalent of California. Sorry, I’m digressing already – not a promising start. Let’s move on to substance of the speech, which begins where

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Posted in Howardia

For the past few years, the Federal Opposition, the union movement, the Greens and folks from various other quarters have used the WorkChoices package as a flag to rally around in opposition to the Howard Government. In political terms, this

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Union bosses omnipotent, etc?

An intriguing email landed in my inbox on Friday. In two weeks’ time, the Australian Labor Party will meet for their National Conference, where they will thrash out their policies for the 2007 federal election. We have seven days to

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Posted in activism, Federal Elections, politics

Greenhouse Denialists Moderate Themselves in Supreme Court

With regards to the recent US Supreme Court decision describing carbon dioxide as a pollutant and requiring the EPA to again look into regulating it, it turns out that there is a fascinating side issue into what claims greenhouse denialists

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Posted in levity, politics, science

What is it with Sydney …

… Sydney Radio, 2GB and Alan Jones? I’ve just been looking over the ACMA report on Jones’ broadcasts before the Cronulla riots. out of four complaints, ACMA upheld only one, relating to the broadcast on Wednesday, December 7th, when Jones

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Posted in Howardia, media, Sydney
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