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Tony Abbott on Hey Hey It’s Saturday

You can watch the Opposition Leader here. I’m voting for Kylie Minogue.

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Posted in federal election 2010, television

Federal election 2010: The end of Paul Kelly’s neo-liberal consensus

One day it would be interesting to research whether Paul Kelly was the first to proclaim the importance of the ‘narrative’ in Australian politics. Certainly, it’s been his leitmotif. And central to his two door-stopping tomes on recent political history

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Posted in environment, federal election 2010, government, immigration, politics, sociology

The view from Channel Nine

As I said on a previous post, the best way to get a handle on how most voters are perceiving the campaign is to watch the first ten minutes of a commercial tv news bulletin. By way of illustration, Channel

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Posted in elections, federal election 2010

Is this what elections come down to these days?

Tony Abbott’s top policys (sic) and plans (you can also see them in their campaign ad): End the waste Repay the debt Stop the taxes Stop the boats Jeez, the Opposition Leader’s top four election priorities. Really important issues, you’d

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Is Eric Abetz or Mark Latham the spectre of WorkChoices?

To get a good handle on how the election is playing, your best best is to watch the first ten minutes or so of any commercial news channel (though Nine and Seven have a bigger footprint than Ten). Tony Abbott

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Posted in elections

Asylum Seeker debate ratchets up the rhetoric

A sampling of what’s around the papers this morning:

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Posted in immigration

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

The Lancing of Howard

A guest post by Bernice Balconey Lancet Editorial Volume 369, Number 9570, 21 April 2007 Australia: the politics of fear and neglect Australian clinical and public-health research is an emblem of excellence across the Asia-Pacific region. That enviable position is

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Posted in Federal Elections, health, Howardia, indigenous, media, politics, science

Öpik meets Irimia

All the recent mudslinging and crazed waving of arms that characterised federal politics before, as Tony Abbott admitted on Lateline tonight, the government decided to flick the switch away from vaudeville and try to restore its image as an, erm,

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Posted in levity, politics

"We'd lose in a landslide"

Quoth Tony Abbott on Lateline tonight, referring to the latest newspoll showing Kevin Rudd still 10 points ahead of Howard on preferred PM (48-38) and the ALP’s lead on the 2PP having fallen 4 points to 57-43. These numbers still

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Posted in Federal Elections, levity, politics
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