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    Dire. Terrible campaign by Labor in WA by all reports. Must confess I haven't been following it too closely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Dire. Terrible campaign by Labor in WA by all reports. Must confess I haven't been following it too closely.
    What are people's thought on Rudd governments decisions on not supplying uranium to India until, India signs the NPT. I think its bit hypocritical of the government when they are willing to supply the uranium to China which despite being member of NPT hasn't really followed its rules. China has had hand in Pakistan getting the technology and also prolifieration to North Korea.
    Another funny thing they supported the Waiver of NPT given to India recently as well... Australia can make its own decision i guess but the money it would get from selling uranium to india surely would be good for the the nations economy.

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    Kevin Rudd is basically the Chinese Premier's bitch. There I said it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Australia is basically the Chinese Premier's bitch. There I said it.
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    How to win government

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    Iíll leave it to those closer to the ground in Western Australia to assess some of the finer details behind the WA election results. But perhaps the message for the Liberals federally from the WA election is to go full steam ahead with a leadership brawl or two, donít worry about developing clear policy distinctions and see if they can have an embarrassing scandal or two, some pre-selection disputes and get some MPs to resign in disgust.

    We all know the public angsting political parties in opposition go through about doing the hard yards to rebuild public support, develop credible policies, put forward strong candidates, maintain a consistent message, etc etc as being the only way back to government. Yet the Liberals have managed to (almost) do it after having four leaders in less than four years, constant turmoil, resignations and public acrimony. All credit to Colin Barnett, who obviously has some appeal to the electorate, but he must still be pinching himself to check heís not dreaming.

    Regardless of what other lessons can be drawn from this election, it would have go down as one of the best examples ever of the maxim that oppositions donít win elections, governments lose them.

    ELSEWHERE: These assessments by Kevin Rennie at his blog and particularly this one by Crankynick at Larvatus Prodeo also say Labor did a good job of stuffing it up.
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    http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/...330740676.html

    Will the libs continue with a lame duck until closer to a federal election or use the impetus gained from recent local and state elctions to pake a more positive statement?

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    Been watching Question Time a bit lately. Swan is an absolute joke. Give the economy to a chimp to look after.

    Labor's 'we inherited these problems from the Liberal Government' is also getting really old. Been almost a year, yeah?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden View Post
    Been watching Question Time a bit lately. Swan is an absolute joke. Give the economy to a chimp to look after.

    Labor's 'we inherited these problems from the Liberal Government' is also getting really old. Been almost a year, yeah?
    How many years did the Liberal government (and every govt in history) run with that line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    How many years did the Liberal government (and every govt in history) run with that line?
    Hardly old enough to remember. Am sick of hearing the same thing each time. Poor pensioners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden View Post
    Been watching Question Time a bit lately. Swan is an absolute joke. Give the economy to a chimp to look after.

    Labor's 'we inherited these problems from the Liberal Government' is also getting really old. Been almost a year, yeah?
    To be fair to Labor, most of the problems with the economy are externally generated.

    However, if I was living in Oz, I'd rather have almost anyone but Labor in charge at present - they simply have no clue how to deal with the economy, the unions or business people

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden View Post
    Hardly old enough to remember. Am sick of hearing the same thing each time. Poor pensioners.
    You have to remember how the political cycle works. The government will give the pensioners a rise next year - all of them, not just single pensioners. They'll do it then because it's reasonably close to an election. If they do it now, they have to consider another one pre-election to keep them happy, which means less money for other spending in the lead up to the election.
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    I hope Turnbull wins today.

    For mine, the bottom line is that the Liberals stand little chance of winning in 2010.

    But, under Nelson, they stand no chance.

    Why would they want to prolong the leadership of someone who is unelectable?



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