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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Love™
    If Beazley takes the ALP to an election victory, I'll have Big Kim for my avatar for a month.
    Haha. I'll have Phillip Ruddock as mine. It would be terrible punishment, but luckily I'll never have to endure it.
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    Haha. If Ted Baillieu wins this week, I'll have his mother-in-law in my avatar for a month.
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    Just sent in my ballot. Went good 'ol Labor in both. Didn't even vote for a guy I know well who is running for the Upper House, although I'll tell him I did next time I see him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag
    Haha. If Ted Baillieu wins this week, I'll have his mother-in-law in my avatar for a month.
    Haha damn, I wish you posted this before I did my postal vote yesterday. May have voted Baillieu just to see that happen
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag
    Just sent in my ballot. Went good 'ol Labor in both. Didn't even vote for a guy I know well who is running for the Upper House, although I'll tell him I did next time I see him.
    You're shaping up into a half-decent person, Gelman. Good work.

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    Get ****ed.

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    OUCH! Copping some fairly harsh criticism on the previous page!

    Yeah, look I probably went overboard in the rant - I did acknowledge it was a rant rather than a fair and balanced critique. I was fairly tired and cranky (a bub who doesn't think that night time is a good time to sleep and hence 3-4 hours sleep a night for six or seven days on end have that effect on me), and had the ****s with politics in general.

    The teenage/uni thing has obviously upset a couple of you - Saggers, you snuck it in in another thread, and if that's the case, I'm happy to qualify it by saying that the conversation in this thread is actually very good - to the point that it reminded me of when I used to go to political meetings at uni, as a teenager, and got me irritated by realising how disillusioned with the whole thing I'd become. I think a lot of my irritation was actually directed at myself because I hadn't realised how much I'd stopped caring and it was bothering me.

    I don't think its exactly ceding the field to the Howards of the world to say that you've ceased to find the process interesting. My point re: Beazley remains - he's simply failed to either present himself as a sufficiently credible alternative, or more importantly, failed to score a really telling blow against Howard. I've still voted ALP in the last three elections, and will have a little party the day Johnny calls its quits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Love™
    If Beazley takes the ALP to an election victory, I'll have Big Kim for my avatar for a month.
    Should be full term IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79
    I don't think its exactly ceding the field to the Howards of the world to say that you've ceased to find the process interesting. My point re: Beazley remains - he's simply failed to either present himself as a sufficiently credible alternative, or more importantly, failed to score a really telling blow against Howard. I've still voted ALP in the last three elections, and will have a little party the day Johnny calls its quits.
    With the proviso that I did think my comment was a bit harsh in this instance, what I said wasn't that losing interest in the process was ceding to the Howards of the world. It was in response to the "they're all as bad as each other and they'll all do the same thing" sentiment that was expressed. I think part of the reason for such declining standards in public discourse, genuine decency and attitudes towards civil liberties is that we expect nothing better, because we've convinced ourselves that all politicians are the same. IMO, Howard has benefitted from this significantly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright
    Should be full term IMO.
    Hahaha, no mercy. I like that in a man.

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    http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...871308087.html

    Was thinking about making a thread about this but I cbf. Possibly the dumbest law ever, seriously, dire stuff.

    Just absolute ****.

    Heres my favorite bit:

    Under proposed new copyright laws, loading tracks onto a music player, which have been copied from a CD, would be classified as infringing copyright. This would apply even if that CD was legitimately purchased.

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    Haha, that's such nonsense. Phillip Ruddock is basically the devil though, so it's not surprising.

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    Yeah, don't even get me started on contemporary digital copyright and intellectual property legislation. It's a complete joke, and we should oppose just about all of it. It's complete madness, and freedoms we take for granted are being legislated against right under our noses.

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    I thought they'd recently passed a new set of copyright laws that RECOGNISED people's rights to do these things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79
    I thought they'd recently passed a new set of copyright laws that RECOGNISED people's rights to do these things?
    Until SonyBMG and the likes got into the government's ear, I'd guess.



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