Category Archives: 2013 election

Griffith byelection

Next Saturday the good burghers of Griffith head to the polls to select a new MP to replace Kevin Rudd. Right now the betting market has the ALP retaining the seat at $1.06. A disgraceful effort by the new government … Continue reading

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The obscenity of compulsory voting

I first encountered the Australian Electoral Commission before I became an Australian citizen. The letters, the phone calls, the person who came to my front door demanding to know why no person living at my address was registered to vote. … Continue reading

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Quentin Bryce undignified and unworthy of office

Bryce’s advocacy of a republic and gay marriage is highly political and unworthy of a Governor General. She acted inappropriately in offering her resignation – rather than merely resigning – after the election when her son-in-law became Leader of the Opposition. She … Continue reading

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Australian Electoral Commission seeks new WA Senate election

The Australian Electoral Commissioner lodged a petition with the Court of Disputed Returns (ie: the High Court sitting as that Court) to declare the WA Senate election void. But the AEC is hardly a picture of transparency. On its website is … Continue reading

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Guest post, David Leyonhjelm on electoral funding

A gated Australian Fin Rev op-ed published on Thursday 31. David Leyonhjelm is the Liberal Democrats Senator-elect for NSW. For some reason it is news when a minor party receives a million dollars in electoral funding, but not when the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 election, Rafe, Uncategorized | 55 Comments

New Government takes office

Today, 11 days after the 7 September election, Tony Abbott and his government take office. This means that Kevin Rudd has been prime minister for 1017 days, including 83 days for his second term. Gillard was prime minister for 1099 … Continue reading

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Gillard acknowledges our contribution

The circus in Copenhagen and “climategate” fed scepticism. The most telling sentence in Julia Gillard’s Guardian essay. Liberty quote.

Posted in 2013 election, Global warming and climate change policy | 77 Comments

Kevin Rudd’s song

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In another dimension…

Julia Gillard tonight conceded defeat to Tony Abbott after a hard-fought five-week election campaign. Although Prime Minister Gillard announced the election date on 30 January, it was not until Monday 12 August that the Governor General dissolved the House of … Continue reading

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Leader of the Opposition – what Leader of the Opposition?

It’s on. Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten are running under the Rudd rules to be elected by the Caucus and ALP membership as ALP Leader. That is, the faceless men and women will decide the next Leader of the Opposition. There have … Continue reading

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