Monday, October 15, 2007

And they're off...

Finally. Gonna be a doozy of a six-week campaign.

John Howard's already kick-started his stand-up comedy routine, claiming to know nuzzzink about the Coalition dirt unit.

'I want to make it very clear ... there will be no attacks of people's private lives from me or from the Government.'

Boom-tish. He's here all night folks.

I'll post in greater substance over the next few days and weeks, but for now I offer my final reminder about enrolling to vote:

If you are not on the electoral roll and you are an Australian citizen 18 years of age and over, you must complete an enrolment form and return it to the AEC by 8pm Wednesday 17 October 2007.

If you are already on the roll but need to update your address details, you must do this by 8pm Tuesday 23 October 2007.

Got that? Sweet.

Just a general first thought: Enthusiasm to see Howard gone, no matter how powerful, does not alone equate to the event occurring. Unfortunately, elections are not determined by willpower; they're determined by swinging voters in marginal seats with little allegiance or political conscience beyond their hip-pocket.

This election will only be won by Labor if enough of those voters in enough of those seats are sufficiently angry about their interests having risen 5 times since Uncle John promised to keep them low, to take a chance with an unknown quantity as punishment.

Likewise, enough of the same Howard Battlers need to switch, if not because of interest rates, because their job security has been undermined by SerfChoices.

I think there are a lot of people in this situation, but I'm not sure there are enough to equate to depriving the Coalition of 16 net seats. Sure hope I'm wrong though.



At 16/10/07 4:36 am, Blogger cvm said...

It's a bit sad when we're reduced to interest rates/serf choices as the main reasons to vote out the nasty little piece of work..

Fingers still crossed for a Labour government who find their backbone in office - the existence of a credible progressive element in the party is cause for some hope. I think it might be up to us to keep them in line though - would it be wrong to attach a full list of demands to my voting slip?

At 17/10/07 10:36 am, Blogger Superdrewby said...

I agree that I am also not sure whether there is enough pain in middle Australia to bring us a change in Government.

The problem is if Jonny gets back in he will see this as a vindication of his nasty bigotry and could destroy any hope we have of equality in the next twenty years


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