1000 Up

I started out my blog back in August 2004. This post is the 1000th I have done since then. I don’t think there is much dispute that it is still one of very few genuine blogs by a federal politician. Despite the occasional bursts of media (and blogosphere) hype about blogging playing a key role in political campaigning, I have always been somewhat dubious about whether there are many electoral benefits for a politician. 

Ten days out from a tight but winnable election contest is not really the time for kicking back and reminiscing with ripping yarns about my grand adventures in the world of blogging.

Indeed, given it is so close to an election, I should be a real politician and use this landmark post to urge people to vote for me in the Senate – (and urge all their friends and blogging acquaintances in Queensland to do the same).

Just think how bad it would be for the political credibility of blogging if the only politician who’d been doing it seriously for the last three years lost his seat!

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  1. Gee!This post of yours is up pretty early Senator! Well if you lose your seat,we could be heading into a depression, economically, anyway,I will send you a pair of underpants, if so,and, sadly I find very few Queenslanders in this place name,to encourage them to vote for you.But I do think, you will be probably the coolest of individuals at the time of knowing,even if the electorate in Queensland failed to understand the plot.Keep going Senator Andrew, you maybe even winning a few admirers overseas in strange locales,and wanting to see something intelligent from a politician anywhere in the world.Uhhh.Except for T….D….Y!Now if only Telstra’s head office were those unusual locales..as I finish this on, um,very fast dsl broadband….cough.

  2. blogs are playing a big role in the usa, and will be decisive in a sense. their role will expand in a democratic culture.

    but oz is not. your blog is doubtless an asset in your struggle to remain one of the anointed ones, but it hasn’t galvanized support in the way that ron paul or harold deane have achieved in the states, due to the different culture.

    ozzies are consumers of political authority, not participants. even those who admire the dem goals or your personal efforts are likely to content themselves with a goodonya!

    i wish it were otherwise, for this lucky country won’t go on being lucky, and has no fall-back position.

  3. Congratulations on the milestone! Your posts are always excellent — well written and focused, timely and informative. You make me proud to be a Queensland Blogger, and I’ll be voting for you with pride in the uncoming election. Good luck!

  4. I can’t say that this blog has convinced me to vote for Andrew, but it has been very interesting – not least of all the debates that go along with the posts.

    And I’ve very much enjoyed the occasional “non-political” posts about potato chips, recipes, and the Brisbane music scene.

  5. Good luck Andrew. Unfortunately I am not a Queensland registered voter, but I have done my little bit to try and help you. I can also confidently say that your blog has turned my vote towards the Democrats in the Senate. I want a change of government, but I’d also like to see the balance of power in the Upper House in the hands of some free-thinking, intelligent people who put the country’s interests before their own political agenda or blinkered ideology.

  6. Well, unlike muzzmonster, I can say this blog
    has convinced me to vote for Andrew. The
    insight provided here has trumped my previous
    position of never-ever after the Meg Lee’s GST.

    Live and learn.

  7. I have had to vote early and reading this blog convinced me to vote for Andrew. I was always going to vote for the Greens, but I realised I know more about Andrew’s policies and opinions from this blog. That made me end up voting for him.

  8. I suppose what I meant to say (but didn’t) is that I would take more things into consideration apart from a blog.

    But come to think of it, if he isn’t re-elected, I won’t be able to read Andrew’s interesting insights into the life of a politician as well as debating various policy matters with very little censorship indeed.

    I may yet decide to vote for him after all.

  9. The news this morning of the Attorney -General and some loose accounting processes and Ministerial direction re ethanol plants, is affecting the possibility that the National Candidate may now have a serious problem with his acceptance of the Casino based N.S.W.plant as worthy.Have they tried anything like that in Queensland… should occupy Queensland minds,even though I still think, they maybe a good idea,under certain conditions ,which are plainly obvious.Tony Windsor Independent New England was pointing out on the AM radio programme the problem, or was it somewhere else in time,oops!? And the problem is the trustworthiness of governance itself,below Parliamentary level but influenced by Ministerial level.Which I am sure is a valid point for Democrat concerns too.Shooting from the hip like I feel my role is a gunslinger for the Democrats,outside its law and lore,I personally would like some research done on using all the excess waste newsprint used on farm some way,a modification of the permaculture type idea of laying down that stuff to choke weeds,carry say tomato seed and hold in moisture.This could then mean double cropping and hardly any soil damage,because the ethanol grain seed would be in the newspaper where normally the tractor tyres would permanently go.Planted at a time that takes advantage of moisture conditions for the daily bread,whilst protecting that,but with the option of a ethanol crop.A double bunger approach.Paper moulded products already exist in the horticultural domain.It needs all party Independent support,and may get Australia out of a design hole it doesnt need to be in.Sufficient Good Will is in even the failed Nationals policy to want to try something that attempts to meet the plainly obvious… soil, farmer and split markets requirements.And giving the soil management a potential new building block. So everybody maybe right,whilst actually a bit bonehead about what should and could be the best governance practice. Dead or Alive!

  10. Congratulations Andrew on achieving that milestone. I have learnt a lot more about the behind the scenes working of senate hearings from you. It’s a great way of getting to know the life of a pollie. Unfortunately, I live in Victoria so I can’t vote for you electorally.

  11. Have benefitted greatly from your blog, a good site devoted to circulation of ideas.
    Wish you well next weekend. Have said before it would be a shame if a now experienced participator were removed, when so much dead wood elsewhere stays.

  12. Congrats Andrew. I live in Vic and I’ll be voting for Lyn, but I’ve got 3 sisters in Qld, and they have their orders! Whether they do or not, of course, is up to them – I hope they do!

  13. Well done Andrew, great blog…demonstrates you are a progressive thinker & know how to act on your goals…don’t give up hope yet, noone’s pulled your face down from our fence yet. That’s gotta be a good sign…:)

  14. I’m with DrJon, Andrew. Your blogging on matters Parliamentary and your own efforts as a Queensland Senator stand you in fine stead. I for one will be voting you back and have urged all of my family to consider doing likewise.

  15. Saturday”s SMH is full of how Labor is a shoe in.Personally,I dont think they have done the work,but that doesnt mean, I cannot understand why the poll type opinions are suggestive of that.My memory,plays a big part in my hostilities to the ALP. Another breakdown of age and voting numbers , which somehow these breaking up of age related numbers have become a sort of authority,and thus the baby-boomers consist of two distinct views because of these age differences.This is ,patent marketing nonsense, that simply is very corrosive to our society,and doesnt indicate reality very much.So the sort of stupidity in this approach is self evident by looking at the online pages,where this morning the hippies of 1969 are being give some sort of publicity,and yet the word hippie was fired at me when I was young and a bit too young I was in 1969 to be a hippie.It is likely that Senator Bartlett some years again younger than me copped that.So the 1969 hippies are all likely to be Howard voters!?Just so with the younger baby-boomer set!? Hardly likely.Even John Howard himself with his long sideburns,or boards, represented when young a hairiness that was testing the short-back and sides..and his problem living at home with parents is a multi-dimensional story of relationships..although the outcome of that shows up in his meanness,I say to the young and similar,financially at least,but not necessarily yet contradictory morally.Driven by economics rather than the human related problems.He has been living out this economic conservative attitude,which distinctly may not of been his personal life but his degree and job.This stuff like Howard will be playing out in the Baby boomer age groups and, there is bound to be more opinions politically than the sharp marketing exercises of media,advertising..and poll driven insights,the ALP re-employment policies for younger baby-boomers is locked into the older sections ,which, includes returned soldiers if disability related.

  16. This is a very informative blog.

    I find most people don’t know very much about what is happening in the political arena.

    It must take many hours of hard work every week.

  17. I really hate analysing sometimes,even expressing what I read as ludicrous.The SMH online has Latham’s opinion going again,and it is as usual his sense of moral superiority and ineptitude dressed up as concern about democracy,what is a fear campaign and whatever else drives the man.I don’t know what to make of WorkChoices, but his analysis of swinging voters* is just plainly unacceptable,because essentially it is unanalysed garbage,even if, in ones own experience they,*, the people you may know as such, are lax on social welfare and other issues.People maybe more impassioned then their statements and attitudes, because they do not like politics.In fact,as a ideal,not liking politics would be a deep and honest opinion ,if the main reason,after a certain age for being a swinging voter..why pretend that that isnt the case because they also seem reluctant to accept more enlightened views on the social issues!For example, the wheelchair bound can be generally separated at beginning of their plight into victims and non-victims in say road accidents.It is pretty hard to face up to the real needs of non-victim paraplegics etc., when their own behaviour dictated the result.Except,over time and remembering how accident prone humanity is,plus attempts to make these people as productive as they can be resounds with all forms of commonsense.Punishment enough I say, sitting in a wheelchair,the result of your own stupidity and dependent on others for a very large area of life thereon.Then it is simply, a lack of insight that can make these people as productive as they surely are still able to be,and often willingly.But where Latham the retired sick man gets up my nose, is by implication, the superiority of the normal, when in fact, if there is going to be a need for a complete overhaul of WorkChoices, then it may happen alongside the ALP direction anyway.I say my work record is better than Latham’s that is why ,in part I refuse to vote..because the contempt of opinions like his.

  18. Andrew Bartlett.

    Just face it …. you are a PIONEER in this field and pioneers never get an easy time [or get rich either :-) ].


    You blogging did influence me to vote for you …. truly remarkable given my earlier brushes with the arrogant distain and scorn of the Australian Democrats for Australian war veterans.

  19. Blogging has such potential for citizen engagement, especially the way you do it Andrew. It’s unfortunate the invisible party-people manufacture so much of other politicians’ online content.

    In at least one electorate, citizen engagement with the political process could perhaps benefit from a nudge towards the 21st century.

  20. A fine achievement, Andrew.

    As with so many things, another example of how the OzDems lead, and eventually Australian society follows.

    Thank you for the very many educational and enjoyable daily reads, and for putting up with my ill-informed but enthusiastic posts

    Hmm. My blog post calculator indicates that when you are re-elected we can look fwd to another 2,000 posts from you! (Approx. E&OE. Allowing some time off for good behaviour and the occasional holiday, of course.)


  21. A recent street poll conducted by the North West News showed that most people did not recognise a photograph of their Federal MP.

    I found it incredibly surprising. In our area, we receive 2 local papers. In one of them, elected Council, State and Federal politicians have columns (including their photographs) – and they are regularly featured in the other paper as well.

    Then there’s the letterbox drops for weeks prior to the elections.

    I can only conclude that a lot of people must empty their letterbox and throw these items directly into the bin while wearing a blindfold.

  22. I suspect Coral, that most people (unlike those who participate on this blog, for example) are simply not interested in politics.

  23. Yes, muzz, you’re right. You’d think people would take more interest in who was running the country.

    Perhaps they’re not good visual learners either. Everywhere you go, there are placards with politicians’ faces on them.

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