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How I voted 2015

March 29, 2015 - 17:41 -- Admin

I went the polling booth with my young son, who has seen documentaries about the Great Barrier Reef and had the basics of the electoral system explained to him. He is convinced that voting Green will save the Reef, and having taken the how-to-vote from the Green person at the polling booth he waved it at me and said "this one. This one, Dad".

New South Wales twenty-fifteen

March 13, 2015 - 21:37 -- Admin

This NSW election is a bizarre one for me, on a number of levels. My Young Liberal contemporaries are in positions of power. Labor have sprung back with a series of positions that simply don't stand up to scrutiny. They are complaining about dodgy donations, particularly as none are coming to them.

What changed

March 8, 2015 - 08:00 -- Admin

All of the weak points of the Abbott government - except the deference shown to it by the press gallery - were on display a month ago, after the Queensland election. The press gallery has rallied to cover up those weak points once again, the co-dependency is back on and we are governed no better than we were a month ago.The reason why the Queensland election mattered is not just because the swing was so large - had that happened in Tasmania, it would be academic.

The challenge is on

February 19, 2015 - 22:57 -- Admin

The whole idea of being a liberal is because you can't be sure who or what is right, you allow different people with different perspectives and different information to debate civilly and come up with an answer that suits most people. This allows progress while maintaining civil order - non-liberal regimes tend to manage one or the other in fits and starts, but ultimately cannot sustain both.The problem with this government is that they can't cope with alternative sources of information.

Black Friday's reminder

February 13, 2015 - 22:33 -- Admin

The demise of Phillip Ruddock as Chief Government Whip put paid to the idea that Abbott might learn anything from Monday's vote, and resolve to do better. When George W. Bush was running for US President, his image as a callow and immature man turned off conservatives who were looking for a bit of dignity to follow Bill Clinton. Republican messaging held that Bush could draw upon the gravitas of his father to guide him through foreign policy and other issues requiring a calm and steady head.

The gap

February 11, 2015 - 20:58 -- Admin

It was a relief to read a report about Australian politics that actually identifies and even quotes real people with names. However, it slumps back into press gallery sludge by covering important policy issues (matters of life and death, literally) as though they're somehow beside the point.

What went wrong?

February 8, 2015 - 23:50 -- Admin

We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and whenAlthough I wasn't there, he said I was his friendWhich came as some surprise I spoke into his eyesI thought you died alone, a long long time ago- David Bowie The man who sold the world