Federal election in Australia - Why we prefer losers.

Discussion in 'Your Bloody Soap Box' started by Marx SS, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. Marx SS

    Marx SS New Member

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    I think it’s unique in the world that both major political parties in the upcoming federal (national) elections here in Australia are rating themselves as ‘underdogs’.
    The ‘tall-poppy syndrome’ has always meant that Aussies who do well should come across as humbled or ‘down-to-earth’ to the wider audience. Maybe why most Australian actors go US & stay there when they make it big enough to go where they please.

    The Labour party ( http://www.alp.org.au/ ) & the Liberal party ( http://www.liberal.org.au/ ) are the major runners, with the Liberals previously gaining majority in a coalition government with the National Party ( http://www.nationals.org.au/ ).

    As it looks right now, the Liberals (in a coalition) will get in with their great economic record & the fact that the terrorism card is playing well with scaring the electorate into a conservative option – stay with the devil you know.

    The Labour party with the young whipper-snapper Mark Latham as leader I think won’t be able to entice the electorate into taking a punt with them. Even though he’s had problems shaking his ‘headkicking’ cabbie bashing past, I thought it would go well with the voters for a hard nose PM. But who knows.

    In todays Australia paranoia running rife in relation to national security & economic issues (interest rates & job security). You would think that we are at war.

    Something about Frankos Spain rings true of todays Australia.
     
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  2. davidmc

    davidmc New Member

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    Sounds alot like the U.S. We are related in a way, all of us left England permanently, most of us, they were glad, to see leave. England regrets it now because both our countries are big & self sufficient, no?
     
  3. Feideaux

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    The pork barrelling is really bringing me down. For me, the decision will be to choose the lesser of two evils.

    Here in Tassie, Latham has offered an $800 million dollar package to end old-growth clearfelling in our forests. Can't say I can see it happening. The greens get a lot of press down here, but their conspicuous presence doesn't necessarily equate to huge numbers of voters. Hell, the entire NW coast of tasmania is a feral-shooting, torana dragging conservative bible belt. Actually, that's just me getting nostalgic, but you get my point.

    F.
     
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