Gillard sets election date: September 14

From The Australian:

THE next federal election will be held on Saturday, September 14, Julia Gillard has announced.

The Prime Minister told the National Press Club she would visit the Governor-General on August 12 to advise her to dissolve the parliament and issue election writs.

She said she had announced the date to allow a year of ‘cool and reasoned deliberation’, rather than eight months of feverish campaigning.

Very odd but it would not surprise me that yesterday’s AFR story, Voters to send Labor packing: poll, may have tipped her hand. The article shows there has been an average of 4.8% swing against Labor in the 54 most marginal seats. The Coalition would win 91 seats on this reckoning while Labor would be reduced to 54. For all that, she wants to be PM to the bitter end.

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106 Responses to Gillard sets election date: September 14

  1. Bill

    Just a preemptive move to stop anyone challenging her. She obviously couldn’t give a shit about the ALP, (not just Australia).

    Fascinating to watch the stenographers spin this one.

  2. Poor Old Rafe

    Determined to do the maximum amount of damage before she goes. Well, the full impact and absurdity of the carbon tax will be clear by then, as well as the true state of the books. She is really depending completely on the mud merchants and stenographers to spin everything in the Orwellian manner.

  3. Token

    Fascinating to watch the stenographers spin this one.

    Just the lastest in a line of turds she’s passed which those useful idiots have tried to polish.

    I posted this on the OT, but here it is again. Notes from Antony Green on when the election can be held.

    The last Federal election was held on 21 August 2010. As I outlined in a post earlier this week, the timing of the last election along with various constitutional provisions means that the 2013 election for the House and half of the Senate can take place on any Saturday between 3 August 2013 and 30 November 2013.

    If she wants to maximise her pension she’ll hold off until November (also so she can get free publicity by being at all the footy finals).

  4. Frank

    I must admit she’s determined to ride that ALP horse right into the ground if necessary. The crash or crash through approach is commendable. Gillard’s trajectory is to go out in a blaze of glory. The end will be delicious to witness.

  5. Token

    I see AG has posted a new blog with some other stats:

    In announcing the date of the 2013 Federal election as 14 September, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has given the longest notice of an election, certainly since 1943, but probably since Federation.

    Robert Menzies gave three months notice of the 1958 and 1961 elections, but giving eight months must be a new record.

    …In Australia, four states and the two territories already have fixed election dates. Only Queensland, Tasmania and the Federal Parliament still have variable terms where the head of government determines the date.

    Many Canadian provinces have adopted fixed terms, as has the current UK government, Prime Minister David Cameron having already announced the date of the 2015 election.

    In 2011 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key gave nine months notice of his country’s election to avoid speculation on the election clashing with the Rugby World Cup.

    In taking this step, the Prime Minister has departed from the tradition that has developed in Australia since 1990 of Prime Minister’s announcing an election on the weekend before the resumption of Parliamentary sitting with a minimum notice of weeks. (Or the six week campaign the sitting schedule forced John Howard to adopt in 2004 and 2007.

  6. Grey

    The article shows there has been an average of 4.8% swing against Labor in the 54 most marginal seats.

    There is only one poll that counts and that’s the one Rupert Murdoch runs. We have the next 8 months to watch the slow Mark Lathamisation of Tony Abbott, Australia’s greatest opposition leader.

  7. Andore Jr

    It’s been mentioned before but the Altona Droner’s (always successful) strategy in the past has been ‘pre-emptive’ – two of the best examples are pre-emptive election post Rudd-knifing, and the pre-emptive ballot call upon his potential resurrection.

    I can only offer several reasons for this change in tact:

    – A couple of months cooling off after the AWU rears its head again this year

    – A ‘pre-emptive’ election call to throw the opposition right off (hey, lying about an election date is small fare compared to an election promise)

    – Wayne Swan being thrown to the wolves post-budget, Combet or Shorten made new treasurer

    – McTernan doesn’t actually care about the result, just wants the drawn-out paychecks

  8. Borisgodunov

    I dont think the spinmeisters and stenchographers will get the serial adultress liar out of the hole it has dug ,must be a huge hole it holds all the alp/green/totally dependent guvmint ,the pardee and nearly all the meeja! Thats gonna take a lot of filling even if we leave the useless Buggers in it !

  9. Free Advice

    There is no way the ALP will go to the next election with Gillard as it’s leader.
    Absolutely no way.
    She is damaged goods.

  10. m0nty

    LOL, as if JWS Research had anything to do with it. JWS makes Rasmussen look credible. They are run by former Costello staffers as a registered lobbyist with Costello himself as major investor and chairman. You couldn’t trust their poll results if they said water was wet.

    The election announcement is not likely to change anything. If either leader is going to get rolled pre-election, that will still happen. Abbott will still dodge questions on policy, no matter how much pressure the government put him under.

  11. Craig Mc

    The government’s entire term – from day one – is best summed up as “hang on to the bitter end”.

  12. Up The Workers!

    If the arrest warrants are served before then, it will be interesting to see how you fight a Federal election from inside a prison cell.

    If any sitting members of the Government fall under a bus, or are charged with criminal offences in the meantime, would their seat(s) be without representation until the election, or would a temporary replacement be appointed pending the election?

    What is the strategic advantage to calling the election this far out?

    Is that a rat I smell, or just the NORMAL A.L.P. pong?

  13. Poida

    I wonder if the betting markets will close?

    I reckon they’ll stay open and continue to take bets.

    There’s still a very real chance that the ALP get to May (or sooner) realise there hasn’t been a turn around in the polls, and somebody else steps in as leader, calls a snap election. All in the hope a new leader bounce saves some seats. (Didn’t exactly work that way for the Ranga last time)

  14. Token

    Abbott will still dodge questions on policy, no matter how much pressure the government put him under

    …more likely people who regurgitate Labor talking points will work hard to ignore the laundry list of policies that have been published to keep a meme alive.

  15. Gab

    lol monty very upset by a poll he consider worthless.

  16. TonyO

    She has lied about everything else – why should this be any different?

    When it suits her, she will pull an early election at minimum notice.

  17. Token

    TonyO, I think it would be a point of pride of her to break the promise of that date. She’ll once again have lied to the public and she can collect the full set of independents by screwing over Oakeshott & Windsor.

  18. Infidel Tiger

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  19. Grey

    LNP – $ 1.22

    A guaranteed 22% return on the dollar folks. Bernie Madoff couldn’t give you that in his prime.

    So how much are we all staking on this absolute guaranteed return.
    Infidel Tiger?

  20. Craig Mc

    If any sitting members of the Government fall under a bus, or are charged with criminal offences in the meantime, would their seat(s) be without representation until the election, or would a temporary replacement be appointed pending the election?

    Parliament would still be sitting in this period. If that happened, she’d lose the house and we’d have a change of government before the election.

  21. Up The Workers!

    I see that in her election announcement, Juliar was outfitted by that well-known A.L.P. “fashionista”, Michelle Grattan.

    Do you think that she really needs goggles like that, or could she and McTernan have been putting in some work on her alibi for all the things that went so disastrously wrong under her maladministration? – e.g: “I was not just young and naive, but blind as well. It wasn’t my fault!”

  22. Keith

    I’m with you TonyO. Gillard setting a date would be as good as the surplus promise, or the no carbon tax pledge. Besides, can she competently read a calendar?

    Steve it will indeed be a bitter end. We will see the most divisive election yet.

  23. papachango

    Just a preemptive move to stop anyone challenging her.

    How exactly will this thwart a challenge? Assuming the polls hold or keep going south, getting closer to the deadline, I can just see the panic setting in, and every man and his dog having a go.

  24. Steve of Glasshouse

    Don’t forget Mr Slipper’s mention in the ACT court in a couple of weeks.

  25. Bill

    Its clearly intended to preempt a challenge, whether it succeeeds is another matter.

  26. JC

    How exactly will this thwart a challenge?

    That’s what I asked. I think it must mean the fat assed slapper thinks people coalescing around the leader.

  27. Steve of Glasshouse

    I just hope she is not with child and hanging out for a 9 month sympathy vote..

  28. Infidel Tiger

    So how much are we all staking on this absolute guaranteed return.
    Infidel Tiger?

    Put everything you’ve got on it. If it loses you can console yourself that it would have been stolen by Leftist filth any way.

  29. candy

    It seems an exceptionally weird thing for gillard/mcternan to do, and it’s all guesswork as to why.

  30. Jannie

    It seems an exceptionally weird thing for gillard/mcternan to do, and it’s all guesswork as to why.

    Yeah Candy, but as Bill (first comment) notes, its likely to be concerned with protecting herself against some perceived internal threat.

    You got to hand it to her in her dedication to power, she has kept this dysfunctional, venal and inept pack of no hopers in power full term. I didnt think they would hang together this long.

  31. twostix

    Abbott will still dodge questions on policy, no matter how much pressure the government put him under.

    What sort of arse backwards world are you living in?

    Do you see m0nty why you and your minority of extremist rabble have already lost? In the publics mind you affirmed the idea of Abbott as the PM in-exile two years ago with your unhinged obsession with him. You treated him like the PM to such an ridiculous extend that you even managed to convince yourselves that he is.

    Opposition leaders aren’t put “under pressure”, nor do they “answer questions” on policy by the government. They answer questions on policy to the public during an election campaign, immediately before an election.

    That is all.

  32. Craig Mc

    Ha. Shorten didn’t know an election was being called. Especially Shorten I bet.

  33. JC

    LOL, as if JWS Research had anything to do with it. JWS makes Rasmussen look credible. They are run by former Costello staffers as a registered lobbyist with Costello himself as major investor and chairman. You couldn’t trust their poll results if they said water was wet.

    You know Monster, you have the self awareness of a month old dead skunk. Straight after the election you went quasi spastic at the joy some people here made a wrong prediction because they were selecting polls while ignoring the others which pointed to the final result.

    And this is what you are doing now, you appalling slug. Poll after poll after poll, poll firm after poll firm is showing the Lying Slapper to lose the election. And you pick on the the background of the owners of the polls to somehow suggest it isn’t true.

    Are the betting markets lying too, you acidic dunkins lover? Ummm

  34. cohenite

    I just hope she is not with child

    Who would be the dad; our Tim likes small Asian women?

  35. JC

    What sort of arse backwards world are you living in?

    Where every single store front is a Dunkins and the only government in the past and future is a labor one.

    That’s Monster’s parallel universe.

  36. twostix

    I must admit she’s determined to ride that ALP horse right into the ground if necessary. The crash or crash through approach is commendable. Gillard’s trajectory is to go out in a blaze of glory. The end will be delicious to witness.

    Gillard doesn’t now and has never cared about the ALP as an institution.

    As with all commies it’s at best a vehicle to abuse to move the country left and and at worst an obstacle and enemy of true leftism.

  37. Helen Armstrong

    Definitely be a wedding happening now, about six weeks out from the poll I reckon. And three months lead up to it. All to keep Tony off the front page and the assassinators in their cage.

  38. Harold

    She just needed enough time to kick the TV in and throw furniture out the window, urinate all over the bed and shit like that. 8 months should be long enough.

  39. WhaleHunt Fun

    Abbott needs to ask the liar in parliament when the election will be. Fun to add misleading parliament to the list of filth she’s purveyed.

  40. brc

    What sort of arse backwards world are you living in?

    Where every single store front is a Dunkins and the only government in the past and future is a labor one.

    That’s Monster’s parallel universe.

    I can do better than that. How about a world where donuts are subsidized by taxing people who aren’t socialist, and dungeons and dragons is put onto the national curriculum?

  41. Craig Mc

    Who would be the dad; our Tim likes small Asian women?

    Tim’s not somebody else’s husband, so he’s safe.

  42. WhaleHunt Fun

    Kebin would call an early election thereby cuttimg months off the life of a swag of walking dead labor mps.
    So announcing now makes her their best bet.
    So we have to endure the scatalogists best friend for months longer.

  43. Jim Rose

    why? what is the advantage

  44. WhaleHunt Fun

    they die in 8 months instead of two months

  45. m0nty

    Opposition leaders aren’t put “under pressure”, nor do they “answer questions” on policy by the government. They answer questions on policy to the public during an election campaign, immediately before an election.

    Rubbish, 26. Opposition leaders get put under pressure by the government all the time. If what you say was true, Abbott never would have become leader because Turnbull wouldn’t have been under pressure from his dealings with government.

    The Canberra press gallery aren’t doing their job in asking Abbott questions, that’s for damn sure. Abbott ensured that today in his presser, he let Pyne and Hockey take the questions while he scarpered.

  46. Infidel Tiger

    mOnty’s PCP addiction shows no sign of abatement.

  47. thefrollickingmole

    Im just trying to think of the list of promises/dead bodies due before then(or shortly after) which would have made her think this was a good idea..

    Slipper
    Thompson
    the 2 gurning fuckwit independents.
    Internal push/challenge
    finding money for the promises made
    etc…

    The list is too long to pull a reason out.

  48. Token

    The Canberra press gallery aren’t doing their job in asking Abbott questions, that’s for damn sure.

    What do you expect, they have got into the habit of collecting 6 and 7 figure salaries in return regurgitate the ALP & Greens press releases.

    When did any of them ask a real question to a lefty politician? They are overfed and overpaid.

  49. Des Deskperson

    ‘…if JWS Research had anything to do with it’

    But Monty, Essential Media’s poll had an almost identical result to JWS’s poll.

    Essential Media is a union backed group that boasts, on its website, about how it helped overthrow the Howard Government

  50. John H.

    It seems an exceptionally weird thing for gillard/mcternan to do, and it’s all guesswork as to why.

    Here’s my guess.

    Only last week Tony Abbott put forward a new style of presenting himself. This avoids the Mr. Negativity meme which appeared to work well for Labour. I think Gillard panicked because the last thing the ALP wants is a coalition putting forward their vision and their policies for Australia. I suspect Gillard wants Mr. Abbott back on the negativity bandwagon where the ALP can spike his tyres with ease.

    Abbott and Co must stay with the direction they have chosen. It is a good move, the coalition must keep on keeping on presenting itself as a party with solutions not complaints.

  51. m0nty

    Essential has a noted Liberal bias in its results, Des.

  52. “- A ‘pre-emptive’ election call to throw the opposition right off (hey, lying about an election date is small fare compared to an election promise)”

    “The Prime Minister told the National Press Club she would visit the Governor-General on August 12 to advise her to dissolve the parliament and issue election writs.”

    More than 6 months available to change the election date. Short of a calamity, such a move would surely be the final nail in the political coffin for Gillard.

    Does she know something we don’t? At the very least it is feasible that she is hedging her bets. The Libs would be stupid not to have a contingency for such an eventuality.

  53. WhaleHunt Fun

    Best guess.
    It’s totally given up all hope.
    So it will just drag it out as long as it can wuthout seeming to run to the very last hour.
    Many cancerous tumors do this. They become puss filled sacs not quite brsting with the bodies of immune system cells, but don’t actually burst until long after any reasonable expectation.
    Apilogies to any puss offended by the comparison.

  54. Infidel Tiger

    Essential has a noted Liberal bias in its results, Des.

    Yeah, and the ABC is a hot bed of classical liberalism.

    You’re one calorie induced meltdown from being sectioned.

  55. Token

    Milne is doing her bit to help build the perception that the ALP has let a crazy cat woman dictate the spending of billions of taxpayer funds:

    Of course the Shake-My-Head tools approve of her lunacy:

    NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and his Queensland counterpart Campbell Newman are exposing communities to greater risk from extreme weather because of their refusal to accept climate change, according to Greens leader Senator Christine Milne.

    I’m surprised she didn’t threaten to take the sun away…

  56. Bruce

    The announcement of the ‘captain’s pick’ of Ms Peris blew up in Gillard’s face rather badly. I don’t think they expected how much outrage it’d cause within the rank and file ALP. I wonder if she got a tip-off of a challenge and has announced the election to forestall a spill motion?

    This really doesn’t come across as a action from a position of strength at all – it feels more like a ‘hail mary’ in a Superbowl game.

  57. twostix

    Abbott never would have become leader because Turnbull wouldn’t have been under pressure from his dealings with government.

    What a nut. Turnbull was under pressure from Abbott and the rank and file LP members because he was up Rudds arse on the ETS you imbecile.

    Pushing the idea that the press gallery or worse the government are supposed to be grilling the people who aren’t in government on policy nowhere near an election shows how far gone you are.

    In your mind Tony Abbott is PM, which would be true where in not for the treachery of two soon to be unemployed and leaving their homes in shame North Coast NSW community betrayers.

  58. Tiny Dancer

    Hey mOron, you’re an angry cat today.

    How’s Slippery going with that return as the speaker?

    How’s the brothel creeper going?

    That AWU thingy is a bit more serious than you thought. Ain’t it?

    You would be shitting yourself. Go eat some more doughnuts and clam down.

  59. JC

    Monst;

    You’re the Rodney Dangerfield of the web. You never get any respect.

  60. ugh

    “Essential has a noted Liberal bias in its results, Des.”

    Hahaha a union pollster who bragged about overthrowing Howard is biased against the ALP – congratulations monty that is a truly impressive amount of denial for one person to have!

    All the polls indeed show a liberal lead monty, but that’s because the majority of people hate Gillard – so much so that even a union pollster can’t hide the obvious anymore…

  61. Poor Old Rafe

    Monty, can you tell us one more time what policies the ALP has got up its sleeve to improve the state of the nation? Seriously, why do you think they are a good thing?

  62. Leigh Lowe

    I just hope she is not with child and hanging out for a 9 month sympathy vote..

    Are Centrebet making a book on who the sperm donor might be?

  63. Infidel Tiger

    The election announcement was weird but did you hear the first bit of the speech where the PM talked about how many Facebook accounts we have?

    She’s either chroming or had a complete mental breakdown.

  64. Gab

    I’d like to thank monty for providing the day’s entertainment.

  65. Infidel Tiger

    Are Centrebet making a book on who the sperm donor might be?

    Penny Wong $1.05.

  66. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Cohenite:

    Who would be the dad; our Tim likes small Asian women?

    Only in his freckle, mate.

  67. Leigh Lowe

    It seems an exceptionally weird thing for gillard/mcternan to do, and it’s all guesswork as to why.

    A couple of possibles …… AWU and/or heading off a challenge.
    The other thing could be the speculation that a lot of ALP MPs might jump ship.
    I wonder if she is looking to bring on pre-selections, thus forcing the hand of those intending to pull the pin.
    She can then pull a huge re-shuffle to ditch any terminating front-benchers.
    If the “ditchees” then decide to fire a few parting salvos she can neutralise the criticism as “sour grapes from has-been nut-jobs and misogynists”.

  68. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Bruce:

    I wonder if she got a tip-off of a challenge and has announced the election to forestall a spill motion?

    Zero confirmation, but that rumour is alive and well in Canberra.

  69. JC

    Zero confirmation, but that rumour is alive and well in Canberra.

    I can see how she thinks it would help her. But would others be worried about it?

  70. Tiny Dancer

    Today’s announcement is no different to saying that she will go full term. She and the scottish asshat must have run out of announcements. The glasses are a stunt, unless Emmo was over last night. Fuck she is painful.

  71. Leigh Lowe

    Munty’s next eight months ……
    30-Jan-13 … the polls are wrong, the polls are wrong, la-la-lah-lala
    31-Jan-13 … the polls are wrong, the polls are wrong, la-la-lah-lala
    1-Feb-13 … the polls are wrong, the polls are wrong, la-la-lah-lala

    ……

    13-Sep-13 … the polls are wrong, the polls are wrong, la-la-lah-lala
    14-Sep-13 … What the???? …… fuck! FUCK!!!

  72. Leigh Lowe

    The glasses are a stunt, unless Emmo was over last night.

    It’s possible.
    Timbo would have been on the interchange with the red vest on after the “tiny Asian lady fingers” line.

  73. Tiny Dancer

    Maybe Timmy spends all night on the internet chatting to asian women and Emmo comes over to keep her company, no doubt enjoying himself in her vast parlor.

  74. Pete of Perth

    She’s obviously going after the milf vote with that outfit..she will be disappointed.

  75. harrys on the boat

    WTF! Bill Shorten, cabinet minister, didn’t know she was to announce the election date?

    What a clusterfuck. September is too far away to vote these idiots out.

    h/t Tim Blair (you know where he lives)

  76. Leigh Lowe

    The glasses are a stunt

    No … they are a “communications device”

    Timbo … listen to moi, listen to moi.
    Now, in future Timbo, Oi’ll be standing in front of you when you are speaking into a moicrophone.
    When I look over the top of the glasses and frown … loike this …. that’s your cue to SHUT THE FUCK UP!

    GOT IT??

  77. harrys on the boat

    Penny Wong $1:05
    Louise Pratt $1:50
    Aram Hosie $1:01

  78. Gab

    And in other election news, gillard is not wanted by WA Labor pollies…

    A media report on Wednesday claimed Ms Gillard would not travel to WA until mid-March – after the March 9 state election – claiming that local Labor members believed a visit would taint Mr McGowan by association, given her government is out of favour in the mining state.

    Mr McGowan has refused to answer repeated questions about whether or not he wants Ms Gillard to visit WA to campaign for him.

    He has also refused to answer whether he would campaign for her in the federal election.

    WA Premier Colin Barnett has previously said he would welcome federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott if he visited the during the state campaign.

  79. thefrollickingmole

    Ok now for a thoroughly tasteless joke inspired by the donor comments above…

    Julia in having a baby, shes in the stirrups and asks the doctor “can you tell me the colour of the baby when it comes out… I may have the father mixed up..

    The doctor goes to do his job..
    The head comes out “its pink” he says
    “Oh good” goes Juila, “its Tims..
    Then the torso comes out “bugger me” goes the doctor the top halfs black”…
    “crap” goes Julia “that would be Warrens bit”…
    Then out comes the rest, its yellowish, the doctor tells her..
    Double crap” she says “that would be that Wong fellahs contribution”…

    the doctor shakes his head and slaps the babys bum and it begins to cry..

    “Oh thank godfor that” says Julia
    “what do you mean”? says the doctor..

    Julia replies “Well for a moment then I thought the little bugger might bark”

    Antone want to guess how many months that will get me under Oberfhurer Roxons offence laws.

  80. Infidel Tiger

    And in other election news, gillard is not wanted by WA Labor pollies…

    There’s a quarantine bin at Eucla they’ll put in her in if she’s tries to sneak across the border.

  81. Gab

    From Bolt:

    Who did Julia Gillard tip off about the September 14 election date?

    Well, the Greens, obviously:

    Greens leader Christine Milne says the Prime Minister’s office gave her a half-hour heads up that Ms Gillard would be announcing the election date in her speech today.

    And the “Independents” propping her up:

    Ms Gillard has confirmed she spoke with NSW Independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott about the election date before making the announcement today.

    Someone even tipped off the Daily Telegraph’s Simon Benson:

    image

    But tell her own Cabinet colleagues? Forget it:

  82. Septimus

    Apilogies to any puss offended by the comparison.

    My cat is not happy with that comment – all 7+ kilos of him (he’s big … like a main coon cat). He said the word you are looking for is ‘pus’ – definitely not ‘puss’.

  83. Septimus

    main coon Maine Coon (but short-haired).

  84. Andrew

    I actually think the opposite to the majority of people on the challenge. I think it opens up the possibility of the challenge. If the ALP operatives see that things are running downhill, they will be more pressured to act sooner, knowing the election will be in the near future.

  85. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    The glasses are a stunt, unless Emmo was over last night. Fuck she is painful.

    Ohhhh. Didn’t she look just awful? Totally gormless. Keep it up, Julie baby, I said encouragingly to the TV and Da Hairy Ape.

    Don’t tell me ta keep t’ings up, he laughs, and enthuses, Go on girls, rip inta her.

    When it comes to political appearance, leave it to da girls, he says with a very satisfied grin.

    Hillary looks a lot better in her glasses. Who on earth chose Julia’s? Argh, we know don’t we? The woman of taste and discernment herself. Another triumph.

    Eat your heart out Emmo. No more tasty soft lenses in a glass for you. This is McTernan’s idea of Madam Lash.

  86. m0nty

    Monty, can you tell us one more time what policies the ALP has got up its sleeve to improve the state of the nation? Seriously, why do you think they are a good thing?

    – the FTTP NBN in full, not the half-arsed Coalition failure of a policy
    – investing in education instead of pinching pennies away from it
    – bedding in the carbon price to set Australia up for the inevitable global market
    – the avoidance of a Newman-style recession-we-didn’t-have-to-have under Abbott

    Have at you, Rafe.

  87. Gab

    Just in case you can’t see it, monty is wearing a clown nose.

  88. m0nty

    And Gab is shaking her pom-poms.

  89. JC

    Monst

    Can you please explain what investing in da education means? Can you also explain who is taking away the money?

    Thanks

    Can you also please explain what you mean about the “Newman led recession” and what evidence is there? Please pay heed to the $90 billion and the rating agencies threatened to remove QLD triple A (despite record high commodity prices).

    Thanks.

  90. blogstrop

    From Madam Lash to Madam Eyelash.

  91. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    hahahahahaahaha

    Amanda Vanstone sticks the knife in on 7:30.

    ‘Julia Gillard is in charge, she’s in charge, not the Labor Party’.

    Be afraid voters, be very afraid.

  92. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    hahahaha – what fun tonight.

    Chris Ulmann and I agree on the glasses.

    Elvis Costello’s glasses brought out the same sorts of feelings I had about Gillard’s. Only his were over thirty years old and that’s a good enough excuse.

    Gillard’s gone for Mr. Magoo.

  93. Tintarella di Luna

    The glasses have been used too late for the leader of a government that’s still lost it’s way. Julia should have used them at the end of June 2010 – I’ve sought the assistance of shrink to help me with the negativity I feel towards this red-headed basilisk.

  94. JC

    Why was Geoff Gallup on 7.30 report analyzing the announcement? The partisan useless hack lost an election.

    Fuck he’s a douchbag. All sweet and nice suggesting this gives both sides a chance to have their policies costed by Treasury. Yea right. Like Martin Parkinson, who is basically going to get the size 10 after the election along with his other partisan sidekicks there- are going to be all fair and down the middle.

    Yea Gallup, there’s a sucker born every minute, but you never got most of them to vote for you, you deceitful turkey.

  95. Rob

    hahahaha – what fun tonight.

    Chris Ulmann and I agree on the glasses.

    Lizzie, she is going to have to come up with a better disguise.

  96. Tom

    You can read the Scottish shithead’s low-rent mind like a cheap comic. The Lying Bitch today:

    Ms Gillard said that last year Australians’ patience was tried by “months of boiling hot political debate with most of it somewhat ironically about global warming”…

    …”I can create an environment in which the nation’s eyes are more easily focused on the policies, not the petty politics.

    Tomorrow (possibly starting with an “exclusive interview” with the Lying Bitch at ShakeMyHead.com):

    * Abbott is a climate change denier who doesn’t care about flood victims.

    * All February: AbbottAbbottAbbott doesn’t have any policies, goading him to release them so she can steal them. Then, in March and April: “A vote for the Coalition is a wasted vote — you’ll get it all voting ALP”.

    *May budget becomes an uncosted vote buying exercise to lock in the moocher/women’s vote: FreeStuff™ for all low-income earners.

    Bring on the leadership challenge, which today was designed to deflect. IMO, it has to come sooner rather than later and it won’t be Rudd.

  97. Tiny Dancer

    mOron

    How’s Slippery going? Why are you scared to talk? Don’t tell me you’re having a doughnut shortage. We’ve got all sorts of problems up here in Qld but a doughnut shortage is terrible.

    Just snort sugar fanboy. Get your energy levels up.

    By the way, how’s that AWU thingy going and how’s the brother creeper going?

    Hooroo

  98. H B Bear

    The 7.30 Report wheels out Tony Blair’s mate “Good News” Geoff?

    Now I’m depressed.

  99. Carpe Jugulum

    Just in case you can’t see it, monty is wearing a clown nose.

    And of course floppy clown shoes and a wig from Madagascar 2.

  100. Gab

    Albo sleazy saying if Labor get back in they’ll go full four years fixed term *shudder*

  101. Token

    – the avoidance of a Newman-style recession-we-didn’t-have-to-have under Abbott

    M0nty has been on this meme for a few weeks, so this is obviously an official Labor Party talking point.

    It is very clear that Gillard is following the example of Pokka-dot Kirner, Bambi Kenneally and Do-Nothing Bracks/Brumby plus the tools from QLD and loading up with as much spending and debt as possible.

    There will be an endless string of complicated contracts with cronies which lock in spending which will be expensive to unwind. Either way Labor will claim the Coalition is reckless in spending.

    Further, we’ve seen many times how the Labor lackeys in the media will position the Coalition as mean for down-sizing all the unnecessary extra head count that Labor loaded up on in their final months.

    Gillard & the Labor cabinet will be going bat-sh*t crazy spending and writing contracts from here until November (when the real election date will be).

  102. Mundi

    I think the main reason she did this is so they can attack abbots mini campaign. He put it off due to the floods, Gillard has siezed the chance to make his mini campaign seem early and out of place.

    She has already claimed the moral high ground.

  103. Skuter

    – the FTTP NBN in full, not the half-arsed Coalition failure of a policy

    That no-one is actually signing up to

    – investing in education instead of pinching pennies away from it

    Apparently promising gifts in the never never to the teachers unions is investment now

    – bedding in the carbon price to set Australia up for the inevitable global market

    You mean the EU market that we’ve linked to that has just collapsed? I reckon Sinc should run a book on what will be worth less in 2015 – a Fairfax share or an EU carbon permit.

    – the avoidance of a Newman-style recession-we-didn’t-have-to-have under Abbott

    Of course, the public sector must continue to expand like your second and third chins continue to envelop your body, otherwise pestilence and famine will be visited upon us.
    mUnted, do you realise how stupid you sound? I don’t know about sugar being a poison, but in high doses, it sure seems like an hallucinogen to me…

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