travels

Away from home since Friday – looks like I’ll get back there on Wednesday evening at the moment. Missing my little girl but heard her on the phone, which was nice. Coming up (as things stand) over the next 5 days is Sydney, a few parts of Queensland, Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney, with Canberra in…

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Rocking (or popping) against Howard

Getting up on stage to play a couple of short sets (4-5 songs) of music as a support to Frenzal Rhomb and The Herd was a nice change from straight election campaigning, although they were both Rock against Howard shows, so there was obviously a bit of a political flavour there. I think we managed…

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I hate preference dealing

The last few days have covered the aspect of elections campaigns I like the least, which is the preference deals. As seems to happen every election, Bob Brown and the Greens do a whole range of preference deals with a whole range of people whilst attacking the Democrats about preferences. Few things irritate me more….

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The ungreat debate, humour and footy

The debate between Howard & Latham is finished. No mention of indigenous Australians, no mention of the environment and the Worm seems to have been more captivating for viewers and analysts than either of the contestants. No mention of the Senate either of course, even though that contest is just as significant for our future…

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John Howard weak on security

The ABC news website is easily my most frequently visited site and their election section is quite comprehensive. Antony Green does a fairly comprehensive analysis and Matt Liddy has a good, eclectic election blog at http://www.abc.net.au/elections/federal/2004/weblog/default.htm (which mentioned this blog, so he obviously notices the important things.) It also mentioned a site I hadn’t seen…

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Lots of places, lots of topics

It feels like it’s been a long week – one with plenty of opportunity for blog bits, but inspiration and availability of a computer never seemed to coincide. It started in Alice Springs and then took me to Orange, Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne. Our attempt to draw attention to indigenous issues…

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South Australian Senate team launch

Announced our South Australian Senate team, led by John McLaren. A seat we’re aiming to win, with the extra aspect of it being a seat which the Democrats won, but which Meg Lees kept when she left the party. We’ll see what happens, but it’s one where we have a reasonable chance of winning. I…

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Vietnamese refugees in Perth

It’s very late on Thursday night and I’m sitting in a hotel room in Adelaide city. (It will be Friday by the time this is posted.) Someone wrote to suggest I should just take some time out to watch crap TV – to show I’m always willing to listen to the people, I gave it…

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Scrafton Inquiry – more lies uncovered

The 3rd full day of the campaign – or the 1st if you take it from the proroguing – unless you don’t count a Senate Committee hearing as an election campaign (which it isn’t) – in which case it hasn’t really started at all. I certainly didn’t expect to find myself sitting in Committee hearings…

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Senate sits, then stands up

John Howard has said at least one true thing so far – the Government does not control the Senate.I hope we can keep that way, but today showed nobody else controls the Senate either. After the Prime Minister cancelled the House of Reps sittings while leaving the senate to sit for two days, it became…

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Election Day announced

I started the Sunday assuming I would spend Monday one of two different ways – either in the Senate as usual dealing with the various issues on the agenda there, or out on the campaign trail on the first full day of the election. Instead, I’ll be doing both at once. It’s a fairly transparent…

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West Australian Democrats

Met with a large number of West Australian Democrat members in Perth. The huge surge in members in the West is very encouraging.The news that the Democrats were in danger of being deregistered as a political party in the West has brought a huge number of people out of the woodwork, with our membership nearly…

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