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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig
    Yeah that is the thing I never seem to understand, people (academics/pc losers) move to ban something because they are worried it will offend somebody when it clearly doesn't nor do they even ask if it does offend them. Like changing 'Happy Christmas' to 'Happy Holidays' because it they are worried it will offend 'non-Christians' yet they go out buy gifts and the like for their children and that anyway.

    Maybe it is just me.

    Anyway I find it quite remarkable how at a federal level, love them or hate them, the Libs/Nationals are very much united and yet there are so many divisons in the ALP federally. Yet (only speaking for Queensland) the Libs/Nats couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewry if they tried. That is what cost them the state election here. Replace a popular leader in Bob Quinn for some idiot called Bruce Flegg (the amount of gaffles he made was amazing) who hadn't been in politics for very long.

    Anyway despite how much the Unions and the ALP say that Howard must be voted out because of the IR Reforms (I have never been forced onto anything, and if anything I earn more and work less hours then my last job. I did nearly have job at place where they build cars but he rans rather dodgy and I didn't get it because his offsider was staying on), if they can get their act together then they will probably be voted back in. If this isn't a PR boost for the Coalilation then what is?

    Anybody agree/disagree? Fuller, SL anybody else perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco
    In answer to your question, no I don't think he has. He's the meat in the Dubya/Howard sandwich.

    Did anyone see the Glasshouse the other night when Kochie called John Howard 'Bonsai'...cause he's a little Bush? Very amusing.
    Very old joke, too.

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    Rudd wins by a pretty big margin. Next election in going to be a cracker.
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    What a great contest next year!

    Can not wait!

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    ****, finally. Beazley gets the long-overdue arse. I switched on the television and they were interviewing Beazley about what he would do with his cabinet, and I momentarily assumed he'd already won, but a minute later they announced that Rudd got up by 10.

    Pretty serious win there, and it shows that even Beazley's backers realise that he's a pathetic nohoper with no policy direction who is dragging the party down. Rudd's a good guy and I've got a fair bit of faith in him, though I'm not certain he can win an election any time soon. Should certainly temper some of the more conservative instincts of the party, and won't hesitate to challenge the Coalition policy-wise. Looking forward to the election already.
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    Obviously it's been brewing for quite a while, but is it a statement in all that is wrong with the country at the moment that our alternative leader is changed because he got a celebrity's name wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    Obviously it's been brewing for quite a while, but is it a statement in all that is wrong with the country at the moment that our alternative leader is changed because he got a celebrity's name wrong?
    Well it's a bit sad that something like that acted as the catalyst for the leadership challenge. You'd hope that his meaningful mistakes as leader (and there have been plenty) would be enough to remove him.

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    really really really cant wait for the great debate
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    Thank god for that. Pretty harsh for Beazley to have his brother die on the same day though.

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    Jeez, harsh.

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    "I want to be remembered as a man who was obsessed with nation building" (sic)

    Lol Kim Beazley, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    "Nation building"

    What a crap thing to stand for.
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    Rudd and Gillard both have greater levels of recognition than the current deputy leader, and opposition treasurer anyways.

    EDIT: Hehe, nation building.
    Re-iterated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    Obviously it's been brewing for quite a while, but is it a statement in all that is wrong with the country at the moment that our alternative leader is changed because he got a celebrity's name wrong?
    Not that I really think that's the reason, but the wrongness was rather spectacular!

    In any case, that's small-fry compared to the fact that our current leader keeps getting re-elected, in terms of statements that represent all that is wrong with this country at the moment.
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    Oh crap, my previous post about ten minutes ago didn't go through.

    Anyway, well done to the Rudd/Gillard team. I absolutely think they'll perform better in Opposition than Beazley/Macklin, I just hope that if they lose (as I expect) the next election, the party will have a realistic perspective, and the knives won't come out.

    The best result would have been for Beazley to stand down, and though at least the vote was not hairline as in the case of Latham, there are obviously those of Beazley's backers who may not take this outcome lying down. Obviously Beazley must be finished now, but MPs are far from immune to petty vindictiveness.

    Anyhow, overall, good result. Glad to see the back of Beazley.



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