6 years of blogging

It’s been such a long time since I started this blog, and both I and the blog have been through so many transitions I’d forgotten what time of year it was that I started it. So it was a complete coincidence that I thought I might look to see when the first entry was, and […]

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The declining progressive vote

Given some of the attacks I’ve copped on this Blog about preferences, it is worth giving some further analysis about the actual impact of those preference decisions on the results. I do this not just to address some of the myths floating around but also to highlight what I think is more important, which is […]

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someone else’s view on preferences

For a different view worthy of consideration, try http://enmorestation.up.to/ Perhaps it is indeed time to stop being so reasonable and get out there and really raise heck. (Although the Greens didn’t preference Hanson ahead of the Dems, but they put her ahead of Family First. and they did put Non Custodial Parents ahead of the […]

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Campaigning stories

A couple of stories from the campaign from Democrat volunteers (a nice one and a bad one, just to balance things): 1. While I was handing out the HTV cards a man with a thick accent came through and made sure he got a HTV card from every party and continued on inside to vote. […]

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preference ebbs and flows

I doubt a day went by during the campaign when the Democrats didn’t warn about the prospect of the Liberals controlling at least half of the seats in the Senate. The Democrats (and clearly some of Labor’s) preferences were aimed at minimising the chances of that happening, by steering some preferences from the conservative side […]

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A view from Paris

There’ll be plenty of places and times for comment on the election result. I received this viewpoint, which went to a number of newsgroups, so I thought I’d reproduce it here. I don’t agree with all the views expressed – especially the overly positive view of what the Labor Party offered, but it does indicate […]

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36 Hours to go

The polls are showing that a large number of people still haven’t made up their mind about how to vote. It is likely that whatever that number is, it would be even higher in the Senate. That means there are plenty of people who can have their decision influenced, if they are made aware of […]

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Adelaide

In one of those wonderful pieces of election timing that make you wonder if the gods of politics have it in for me (yes, I do still think it’s an open question), the day I choose to make a final foray into Adelaide is also the day that Howard and Latham choose to make a […]

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various campaign bits and pieces

The Green Party released their IR policy today saying they can deliver industrial peace in our time. Labor released their policy on Tas forests, promising a scientific assessment to decide which forest areas will be protected. I thought the Green Party would be outraged that they’ve just got another review with an unknown result not […]

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Pig City launch and other distractions

We’re heading into the final week of the campaign, and I noted an item from Newspoll stating that 25% of people haven’t given much consideration to how they are going to vote yet. I imagine it’s far higher than that for people’s Senate vote. It’s time to start working even harder now.I was mildly surprised […]

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heading into the final week

Latham’s Medicare Gold stuff seems to have got some momentum behind it, (judging by some of the feeling of journos in the Press gallery anyway). Hard to know if it’s a grand idea with some flaws that need ironing out or a great sounding idea with no hope of working even remotely like they say […]

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Releasing refugee policy in Adelaide

Some OK articles in some of the papers about the Press Club speech, although nothing to suggest there’d been any major shift of consciousness in journalist land about the urgent need to give greater attention to the potential Senate outcome. Totally atrocious coverage in one paper who shall remain nameless and none at all in […]

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Speech to National Press Club

Received a lot of positive feedback from the speech to the Press Club. It’s impossible for me to be objective about it obviously and also hard for me to judge when I’m delivering it rather than on the receiving end like everyone else. However, the feedback was more positive than usual. Still, you can never […]

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Campaigning in Tasmania

I’ve always enjoyed visiting Tasmania. It really is an exceptionally beautiful place and I’d heartily recommend it to anyone. Even though I’ve lived all my life in Brisbane, I’m not a big fan of the heat and I often appreciated the soothing cool that Tassie provides. The visit was too short as always. I’m starting […]

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Greens and a blog

A weekend of watching the AFL Grand Final on the TV (a sad result in my view, but still an amazing effort from the Lions over 4 years), preparing for and then doing Meet The Press on Sunday morning. I was followed by Andrea Mason from Family First party. The exaggerated claims about Family First […]

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airwaves and airplanes

A happy birthday to Nick Cave (for the 22nd), which provides yet another excuse to plug his new album – do yourself a favour and grab a copy. Really enjoyed doing the interview on 4ZZZ. Radio is so the best medium. I think if more politicians and the like did more interviews on community radio, […]

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In Sydney on Insight

In Sydney tonight. Did a live forum with a group of people on SBS Insight. Always hard to get much of a word in on those things, although I got more of a run than most of the people who were present, many of whom missed out altogether. I sat next to a cabbie who […]

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