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Entries Tagged as 'The Parties'

Received your deceptive (party) postal vote application form yet?

July 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

It’s that time again. Labor Senator Claire Moore has sent me, courtesy of her taxpayer-funded electoral allowance, a deceptively non-partisan appearing form to request a postal vote…. but in reality a camouflaged party information gathering tool that is open to abuse. The word “Labor” appears nowhere. Everything about the form looks “official” .. i.e. “neutral”. [...]

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Truth and lies in politics and elections… the need for independent checking.

June 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

There’s a tantalising sniff of an election in the air… but continued bad polls for Mr. Rudd could see it later rather than sooner.  All sorts of claims will be foisted on us, from the gospel truth to the most unadulterated falsehoods, leavened with various shades of half-truths, distortions, exaggerations, hyperbole,  irrelevancies, and topped of [...]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

November 6th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

REMINDER: Ryan Candidates Forum, tonight at 7 pm, SMT Academy, Bywong St, Toowong, organised by Westside Climate Action Group. Enquiries: 0412 807 184 The Good: Yesterday I invited four young voters to discuss their views about politics, elections, the issues, the parties, the candidates, and what makes them more or less proud about their country [...]

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Beware of round numbers.

October 30th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Most people like to believe that the major parties, as the “franchise-holders” of national politics, are highly competent and plan their policies with care. A small but telling sign that this isn’t always the case is a policy with impressive sounding, but suspiciously round numbers. Such was the case with the Government’s announcement yesterday of [...]

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The mood in Ryan one month out.

October 27th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Four weeks until polling day.  I had many conversations with local voters yesterday, and two contradictory themes were prominent – sometimes in the same person. At one level there is a distinct upswing of attention to the election, with many more people now discussing the issues, the candidates, and the prospects.  At another level, “election [...]

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Jumping the gun.

October 20th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Brisbane City Council Subordinate Local Law:(4) A Private Property Election Sign – (b) may be exhibited no earlier than 4 weeks before the day of an election; “A Private Property Election Sign exhibited contrary to these conditions and removed pursuant to Part 4 of Local Law No 1. (Control of Advertisements), may not be subsequently [...]

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Labor’s lack of trust in its own

October 10th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Control from on high. That’s the character of the ALP at present. All members of the party pledge themselves to “the principles of the Australian Labor Party’s state, national and local government platforms and to any alteration thereto made by a national or state conference“, and, in consequence, leave themselves limited room for speaking, voting [...]

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Bluster on the outside, increasingly hollow on the inside…

September 24th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Ironic, isn’t it, that at a time when the major parties are on the brink of record campaign spending (that’s largely union money, business money, taxpayer money, and anonymously donated money) and are doing all in their power to persuade us that they represent the very soul of the Australian people, their members have been [...]

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