'Copperfield,' said Mr. Micawber, 'farewell! Every happiness and prosperity! If, in the progress of revolving years, I could persuade myself that my blighted destiny had been a warning to you, I should feel that I had not occupied another man's place in existence altogether in vain.
- Wilkins Micawber
Anyway, it's fantastic that at last Rudd's great big new tax and its accompanying compensation is being held to the same scrutiny as Howard's great big new tax (the GST) was back in 1998-2000.
Rudd's gone for the spin cycle too early (e.g. toasting celebrity babies just months after being elected) and before having made any substantial reforms. As a result, the media is already starting to get sick of his froth and bubble.
The spin and distraction should be left until later in your tenure.
Last edited by howardj; 05-02-2010 at 06:59 PM.
Still backing Rudd unless the economy goes south though. Abbott's CC policy for this week will cost people a ****load anyway. Will be fun though, and as it's an election year the stakes are high so I'm always nervous.
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#408. Sixty three not out forever.
As Casson said, it's a pity professional politicians end up in positions of power as, at the end of the day, what they actually achieve generally comes down to sweet **** all. They jockey for position at the start, cruise around a couple of circuits of the course, and then it's a free-for-all at the end when money and power comes into it.
R.I.P Craigos, you were a champion bloke. One of the best
R.I.P Fardin 'Bob' Qayyumi
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South Australia - 20 March and
Victoria - 27 November.
If Rudd calls a DD election before July, then his second term will be shortened to two years (for some unknown reason).
Therefore, taking account of all the above, I think you're looking at an August-October window. November-December is out as it overlaps with Victoria.
I'd say October, and not a DD election either. You really have to have a hot button issue to justify a DD election. With Climate Change going sour for the government, I just don't think they have that hot button issue to justify a DD.
I saw on the 7pm project on Monday that George Negus is of the opinion that elections should be held exactly three years after the date they were elected on. Or the nearest weekend to make it exactly three years.
I like the speculation surrounding the date, and that the incumbent has the luxury of choosing the timing.
Sad, I know.
I'm a big fan of fixed four year terms wherever possible. Means the incumbents can't pick and choose a time that suits them and allows them to actually get some work done rather than playing populist politics and watching the polls (which I know they'll still do but you'd think less so)
Anyway. Gillard said last week that it'll be in the second half of the year and for the reasons listed by HJ as well as the fact that a DD would mean that quota essentially halves (so people like Pauline Hanson and Fielding would get into the Senate) means that it'll be a normal election in August.
I've already got money on it being in August. Was paying $7.00 at the time. I also got on Abbott being leader when he was $4.75 so I think my political opinion counts for something.
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RIP Fardin. RIP Craigos. RIP Prince.
Out of interest, is your political punting success the same as your sports punting?
Although my sport betting is going through a good fluctuation at the moment after it was horrendous throughout most/all of 2009.
So those that live in NSW or know it better then I do, do Labor have a good chance they get re-elected, or are they that dire, it is almost certain that the Liberal and National Partys will get elected?
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