Alan Moir on the election, via Apathetic Sarah.
If Alan Moir is prepared to put his reputation on the line, and so is Alan Ramsay (despite having forfeited his spectacularly in 2004), why can’t bloggers and blog commenters be as bold? In response to last week’s challenge, a few readers dared to predict the election result. The bloggers themselves are generally circumspect, some dreading, others praying, that the PM will pull something out of the hat in the next two weeks. John Quiggin calls it for Labor, but isn’t specific about seats. Tim Dunlop notes that Malcolm Mackerras predicts a Labor win nation-wide and in Bennelong. Oops.
Please send in your predictions now. As Stephen Bartos pointed out in the comments last time, more cudos attaches to correct predictions if they are made sooner, so Monday is your last chance, before we tabulate the bids. But in the meantime, be BOLD, BOLD, BOLD. Nothing venture, nothing win. Win what? The prize is your name in lights after the election.
Ken is on honeymoon marking law essays, but should be back in the editor’s chair next week. Today’s Astounding Links were assembled by gilmae, Amanda Rose, Legal Eagle and James Farrell.
News and Politics Stuff
Mark Bahnisch continues LP’s tour of the marginal electorates with a visit to Herbert, where the Liberal member may be a casualty of his party’s earlier zeal for nuclear power. Labor, on the other hand, has a zeal for freeways, as Robert Merkel laments:
Labor is talking the talk on climate change. But are they prepared to actually change the trajectory of government funding for transport to help do something about it? Not at the moment, it seems.
Mark is also blogging at Polliegraph with posts such as this overview of tactics in general and irresponsible promises in particular. The site has some other interesting contributors, including one Emily Maguire, who notes Rudd’s inspiring stand on gay marriage and adoption.
Blloggers: the truth comes out.
On this topic, Bilegrip reminds us that Kev is a conservative Christian, and thus his ideas about homosexual marriage are predictable. By contrast, in a thoughtful and interesting post which also considers a few other issues, Jim Belshaw points out that the real question is whether Rudd would support same-sex civil unions. Meanwhile, Audrey has decided she might move to Tuscany after seeing a Tuscan anti-homophobia ad. Presumably the weather is another reason…and the food…mmm!
Rudd’s incessant reference to working families can never be enough for the Sear family. Family First, on the other hand, need to earn the privilege of using the word family. On behalf of his family, Jeremy puts the tough questions.
Andrew Elder gets in early and starts a post-mortem of the Australian conservatism.
Andrew Bartlett commemorates the sinking of SIEV X by quoting a letter from Irfan Yusuf, which if true is a damning indictment of the Liberals’ attitudes if not their fundamental values.
Helen was cruelly awakened from a daydream on her balcony by a report of the PM’s attempt to spin the issue of housing afordability:
So, in the Liberalverse, one can simulataneously harp on about the virtues of maintaining low interest rates (although everyone must know by now that the government doesnt control interest rates any more) and blame the housing affordability crisis on those selfsame interest rates?
Howard’s rhetorical conjuring has evidently got the better of Paul Kelly too. John Quiggin lists the several ways Australia’s leading political commentator is confused about Howard and the Kyoto Protocol.
King Solomon’s Mines: the quest begins.
For his part, Tim Dunlop is surprised that he could be surprised by the ferocity of the anti-union propaganda on the Liberals’ web site.
That this sort of class-based abuse should be unacceptable is easily illustrated by the fact that you can imagine the horror that would greet the Labor Party if they devoted their site to a similar demonisation of business representatives.
On the international side of things, Ken Lovell argues against prosecuting the pilots of the Garuda plane that crashed in March; and Robert Merkel sees Turkey’s attack on the PKK as tantamount to an invasion of America.
Life and Other Serious Stuff
Vest offers an lesson in the most important idea any human being can learn.
In steadily breaking news, Ken Lovell has been approaching, and indeed has evidently now reached, the conclusion that ABC TV is inept and anachronistic, is watched only by people who are lazy and unimaginative, and should be privatised.
Jennifer Sinclair’s thesis that Summer Heights‘ Ja’mie is feminism’s monster exasperates Helen.
Tim Lambert delves yet deeper into the Wasington Post’s War on Gore.
Now that the culture wars have clearly been won, John Quiggin tries to figure out who exactly won. Even if the winner was Keith Windbaggle, Kim doesn’t think he’s the man to save Quadrant, however strong his commitment to keeping penises out of the opera.
tigtog wants to sort once and for all what can and what can’t be described as ‘paradigm shift’.
Jeremy is not satisfied with Newstopia.
Mad, Bad, Sad and Glad
Your New Reality has a couple of very funny photos which prove that Gary Larsen was just sketching real life.
It could have been so spectacular. But it just fizzled.