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War in Australia (any Oz Politics): the Original

Old 30th Aug 2013, 03:02
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Yep. There's no doubt about it - the demise of the ALP is all down to the Australian.

With an audited circulation of just over 135,00 in 2010 (probably a lot less now) it sure is influential

List of newspapers in Australia by circulation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Perhaps if the bleeding hearts of the left didn't harp on about so much then people might not buy copies to see what all the fuss is about.

Yet another ALP own goal - but then again that's par for the course.
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Old 30th Aug 2013, 03:05
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Some people here, (along with Labor politicians) are carrying on as if Rupert Murdoch's support for one political party in an Australian (and British, and American?) election is something new.

His papers have always picked a side - certainly not always the Right/Conservative side - and made no secret where their sympathies lie.

Back in the Whitlam years, his support went both ways, and Labor copped it sweet and never complained when he supported them. (But squealed like girls - or like their current counterparts - when he switched to the Libs.)

When the Murdoch press switched, it was usually absolute, to the point where, whatever Labor did, they were shown in a bad light in the Murdoch press, to the point where a joke did the rounds in Canberra (I think it was the '74 election, where, despite Murdoch backing the Libs, Labor still won).

The joke?

The ALP holds is Christmas picnic on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Everyone gets a bit tanked, to the point where they urge Gough to prove what they all 'know' - that their Messiah can walk on water. Sauced up more than a little himself, Gough gingerly steps out onto the lake and.... HE WALKS ON WATER!!!! Increasing in confidence, he strides across the lake, the soles of his shoes hardly getting damp.

The Pardee faithful fall to the knees in adoration (as they've continued to do to this day), and all the national newspapers ran banner headlines about Whitlam's feat the next morning.

....except Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph'.

It's headline was: "WHITLAM FAILS IN BID TO SWIM LAKE BURLY GRIFFIN".


Nothing's changed -except that, incredibly, Labor governments have become even more inept than the sorry shower that Whitlam led.
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Old 30th Aug 2013, 03:22
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Agree. Most or all newspapers since I have been in Aus
have been behind one side or the other and quite openly.
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Old 30th Aug 2013, 03:29
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In the UK they always used to say that if you had the Sun on your side then you were home and dry.

The Sun is also a Murdoch paper and has tits and bums on page 3 and can be found in every working man's lunch box.
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Old 30th Aug 2013, 06:36
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Sounds like the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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Old 30th Aug 2013, 06:56
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The Sun is also a Murdoch paper and has tits and bums on page 3 and can be found in every working man's lunch box.
Maybe if the ALP were fair dinkum in trying to better the lot of the working person, ideally by strengthening the economy rather than spending like there's no tomorrow, they'd have a bit more cred.

As it is, they are coming across as being extremely out of touch with the 'grass roots', a bunch of professional pollies who've never done a proper day's work and their snouts in the trough.

Would any real worker in the country still believe their current union officials and those who've moved up the line into politics are really there to help them?

Although to be fair, Kev did once attend a titty bar, apparently, so he could claim a tenuous connection to the working man's page 3 bikini pic.
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Old 30th Aug 2013, 13:06
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Kevin Rudd has pledged that if re-elected on 7 September, he will commit Australia to land a fair dinkum Aussie on the Moon.

Speaking at a campaign function, where he had just announced a bunch of random, back-of-the-envelope, thought-bubble, far-fetched and completely un-costed policies so far into the future that nobody will remember, Rudd said that he asked the electorate to return a Labor government so that it could put Australia at the forefront of the space race...




Election 2013: Rudd promises to put Aussie on Moon Australian Climate Madness









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Old 30th Aug 2013, 13:14
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That's a good one.

Australia, if it had the balls to think ahead could have well been
at the forefront of space technology when people were looking
for places.

We have good locations up North close to the equator and possibly
even Woomera could have been used.
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Old 30th Aug 2013, 13:37
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Re Murdoch's influence - it's probably a mix of reflection of prevailing views and the papers' own position. The ratio of those two influences depends on who's talking. The left probably overplays it, keen to find a scapegoat other than their own side. The right probably underplays it. Safest to look to the NT News for inspiration.
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Old 30th Aug 2013, 14:19
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They were laughing at Rudds rail plan on pro ALP 3MMM's breakfast program the other day. Mick Molloy pointed out that Rudd would be 110 when it was finished...or something like that.

I think its just one of those "Lets say anything to see what works for us".
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Old 30th Aug 2013, 14:33
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Meanwhile, labor once again drop the Defence force in it; this time to distract the media from their costings scandal.

I'm at a loss to understand why anyone can still support this rabble.

You don't have to vote Liberal but this mob masquerading as the labor pardy is worthy of nothing but contempt.

I just hope the party can eventually reform itself and give us a decent alternative government.
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Old 30th Aug 2013, 14:42
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I wonder that too, Cooda. Fran Kelly on ABC morning radio in Sydney is beside herself, reduced to promoting Labor's inherent compassion for the disadvantaged. But this Labor party seems to have no traditional Labor values to promote. It's as if Labor were hijacked by greedy opportunists who will do 'whatever it takes'.
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Old 30th Aug 2013, 19:56
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"Safest to look to the NT News for inspiration."



Thanks for that, I needed a good laugh !

After 6 months of reading the NT news, your view of Australia
would be
1. Crocodile stories come first,
2. Car crashes and deaths on the road,
3. Everything else.
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Old 31st Aug 2013, 22:48
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Old 31st Aug 2013, 22:51
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Rudd losing his cool on TV the other day was quite funny.

But following on from that, a report in the print media
that he has been prone to tantrums, moods and grumpiness
as things have not been going his way.

So the true Rudd has been showing himself.

And it looks like the election result will be even
more of a swing against him.
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Old 31st Aug 2013, 23:30
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I voted yesterday, (obeying at least half of that old ALP dictum "vote early and vote often"). It was a waste of time, at least my Lower House vote, for I'm in one of the safest Labor seats in the country and it will take a landslide of unimaginable proportions to oust the oxygen thief who "represents" me.

What I really like about the process is that while standing in line, I was able to share a joke and chat amiably with a bloke who (judging by the only how to vote slip he was holding in his hand), was going to vote for Kev - and, he felt quite happy to chat to me with my differently coloured how to vote slip in my hand.

What I didn't like was that:

(a) I didn't have to show any ID to do what should be among the most important things I could ever hope to do in a democracy. (I can't rent a bloody video without showing PHOTO ID!!!)

(b) my name, although crossed off by the nice lady, remains available to be crossed off again at every other polling station in the electorate, and I (or someone else) could lodge a postal or absentee vote in my name as well, and

(c) when marking my voting slips, I was provided with a soft lead pencil that would allow someone - anyone - to so easily 'amend' my slip with a quick wipe of an eraser.

When you consider that three or four seats were decided by fewer than 200 votes in the 2010 election, Tony Abbott really should add electoral reform, at the very least a computer a every polling booth connected to a centralised data base to prevent double voting, to his list of things that must be fixed.
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Old 1st Sep 2013, 00:59
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Andu ditto to all that. I also cast my vote yesterday (in my electorate the Senate voting slip is over a metre long to take account of the 62 candidates!) and it certainly drives it home just what a slack system it is relying only on the honesty of Joe Blow citizen.
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Old 1st Sep 2013, 01:04
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The requirement for anonymous voting is one of the technical reasons why computerised voting hasn't been implemented yet. It would certainly speed things up. AFAIK we don't yet have a way of protecting a system from vote manipulation without compromising the integrity of an individual's vote.

As for your other concerns, about your name being crossed off and being given pencils, they are answered on the AEC website if you are interested.

There is no requirement to fill out the vote in pencil, if you are concerned about people changing your vote (although counting is heavily scrutinised). It is just AEC convention/policy to provide pencils because they CAN be erased and don't run out at inconvenient times.

The double name crossing thing is probably the least secure of them all, but since you make a legal declaration when you get your name crossed off, that you haven't voted in this election, you make yourself liable for prosecution I should think. And it has worked that way for many years (or maybe it hasn't?!)
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Old 1st Sep 2013, 01:12
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I have faith in the name crossing system. My name is identical to my old mans (no originality in my family) & we often had our names crosses twice, which lead to Dad getting a fine for voting twice, and I'd get one for not voting at all.

Easily sorted, and we decided that he should tell them to cross the first name out, and I would do the second one. Different electorate now so problem solved.
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Old 1st Sep 2013, 01:13
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On the last point, chuboy, it's not someone being foolish enough to try to vote several times in their own name.

It's more to do with several people turning up at different booths, or in front of different polling booth officials, wanting to vote as chuboy.

In this day and age, it should be reasonable for voters to produce some form of photo id.
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