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Assessing the merits of a regional asylum seeker centre as policy

If this election proves anything, it proves that both parties have taken the notion of polling driven strategy to ever greater heights. Once, policies were road tested via focus groups to guage their acceptability and to refine selling points. Now,

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Posted in federal election 2010, government, immigration

Federal election 2010: The ghost of culture wars past

Gary Sauer-Thompson at Public Opinion has skewered David Burchell’s latest op/ed, which includes a typification of two different types of voters:

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Posted in elections, environment, Howardia, immigration, sociology

Why are voters shifting from Labor to The Greens?

John Quiggin has endorsed The Greens. Read why at his blog. I haven’t finally made up my mind, but I think I’m probably going to switch my vote from Labor to The Greens this time too, for similar reasons. The

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Posted in elections

On the election trail

Julia Gillard (left) and Tony Abbott (right) - nice touch - face off in front of Parliament House in a graphic with a big question mark superimposed over the flagpole

Continue your discussion of the opening salvos in the active election campaigns.

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Posted in elections

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

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

That speech!

Perhaps we’re giving it too much attention (given that it was a pile of negative dross and dire warnings that if Labor does anything about global warming YOUR JOB WILL DISAPPEAR and anyway, union bosses will soon drag us back

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Posted in Federal Elections, Howardia, politics

Be your own focus group

As Ken L reports over at Surfdom, Howard is flicking the switch to philosopher king, giving a speech in Brisbane today which as Guy at Polemica writes, is supposed to “position him as a political visionary”. Mr Howard will today

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Posted in Federal Elections, Howardia, Markets, politics

Dennis Glover's avoidable ignorance

In another thread, commenter amused has written that: The effect of not having to go out, and actually mix with the hoi polloi to do your reporting is becoming obvious, as is the effect on the quality of ‘reporting’ (if

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Posted in environment, Federal Elections, media, politics, State/Territory Elections

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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Posted in Uncategorized

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

Psephological prediction time!

In his electoral analysis piece published at On Line Opinion, Mark wrote earlier this month: But at the same time every move in this year’s political game is compared against the Latham-Howard contest of 2004. The latest “character issue” to

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Posted in Federal Elections, media, politics

Ruddock wants to ban Star Wars

Well, possibly. HeathG at Catallaxy links to media reports of a new thought bubble from Emperor Palpatine…er…Ruddock to ban material that “advocates terrorist acts”. In the wake of stories in the Daily Terrorgraph about various Muslim clerics circulating rather inflammatory

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Posted in Crime, Howardia, Law, Middle East, religion, Sydney
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