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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbacks View Post
    throw more iPads at the problem!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    or double the baby bonus.
    or times the retail price of a set top box by 20

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    You know when John Howard and Peter Costello were negotiating the details of the GST deal with Meg Lees, she insisted on there being money set aside for the development of green energy research or some such thing.

    Costello leaned over to Howard and said "Offer her six to put into it"

    So Howard said "We'll put $600 million into it", which went a long way to sealing the deal.

    Costello went pale, because he'd meant $6 million.

    True story, apparently.
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    Haha yeah the only reason we haven't seen something roughly like this beforein the recent past was because Costello was a weak ****
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    We have seen something like it before.

    Hawke and Keating.

    Fraser and Peacock.

    Gorton and McMahon.

    Gorton and Fraser.

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    How good was Sky to watch last night!

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    Rudd won't let Gillard have the last word.

    He's a mad bastard.

    I wouldn't rule him out of doing anything, including quitting (but not until later this year) if he thinks he can't become PM again).

    He just doesn't let things rest; won't let Gillard get the better of him

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    Genuinely impressed by Gillard's performance in the press conference today. Hope to see more of that side of her.

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    I think I've said it before - Gillard, IMO, is a fine politician and a fine policy worker, but she must surely have the worst bunch of minders and political staff in history.

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    I think she lacks political judgment, and it's not helped by her staff. She's across every brief though, and is the best performer in parliament at the moment on either side (not that it's a stellar cast mind).

    But she should be more like herself. When she tries not to be, she is so stilted it's ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    I think she lacks political judgment, and it's not helped by her staff. She's across every brief though, and is the best performer in parliament at the moment on either side (not that it's a stellar cast mind).

    But she should be more like herself. When she tries not to be, she is so stilted it's ridiculous.
    That's what I meant, tbf. But I agree that she should be much more like herself. As dodgy as it is to be making long-range character assessments, I don't think she's a naturally sociable person. That's not her "fault" in that it in no way diminshes her as a person or detracts from her ability to run a government, but it does make her job of getting people to warm to her unnaturally hard.

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    She's sociable. She has no "magnetism" though. She's the anti-JFK.

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    She's Bob Hawke without the charisma

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    Can't scull a pot as well, either. Not many who can, tbf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    That's what I meant, tbf. But I agree that she should be much more like herself. As dodgy as it is to be making long-range character assessments, I don't think she's a naturally sociable person. That's not her "fault" in that it in no way diminshes her as a person or detracts from her ability to run a government, but it does make her job of getting people to warm to her unnaturally hard.
    I really don't know why most politicians haven't seemed to pick this up, or at least successfully come across that way. People like openness and honestly. I don't know anyone who likes political doublespeak and equivocation. It's kind of ironic really that the most fundamental aspect of a politicians job is public relations, yet they lack even the most basic social skills to know that people are completely repelled by obvious insincerity.



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