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Wednesday October 24th 2007, 9:36 am

A worm with THE worm

Peter Garrett flips 30 years of environmental activism to embrace Labor’s weak enviropolicies; Krudd looks more and more like HoWARd-lite at every possible turn, up to and including being soft on repealing even the most heinous provisions of WorkChoices . Why? Could it all be to attract enough votes to win government, but once in the catbird seat, to enact more progressive policies?

Ross Gittins ponders the purpose of Labor’s prima facie centrist nonsense in his op-ed piece in todays’ SMH. Could KRudd be a silent socialist waiting to pupate? Is Garrett poised to pounce on the pulp mill once out of shadow ministry? Maybe. Maybe not.

Forgive me, but even with Labor’s crushing poll lead, I still can’t bring myself to fully trust the ‘unemployed diplomat who speaks Chinese‘ nor even consider an increasingly likely Labor landslide as a sure thing. Even if it’s essentially a done deal (and with a 58% to 42% ALP lead, it’s hard to consider it anything else), I want nothing to do with Labor mimicking centre-right ‘New Labour’ or ‘Clinton Democrats.’ Australia has been given away to HoWARd’s fatcat mates- and the balance of power has got to be shifted back to Australian working people.

Did you catch Peter Costello on the 7:30 Report last night? Combative, arrogant, smirking- to the point of putting people offside who had their TV on mute. Anyone as desirous of power as Costello shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near it. Yeah, you betcha- I want to see a Swan-Costello debate. Bring on the worm. Mind you, if there’s any women pushing the worm’s buttons, you might need a taller TV screen to see just how low it burrows for Petey.

Still planning upon voting Green and preferencing Labor- for now.


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Weez, quite frankly, I would still go for Rudd if he suggested the invasion of NZ as a follow up to John Howards’ earlier suggestion.

Then vote, Greens first, for the Senate and protest.

To pick up sixteen seats in the lower house is a big ask. Three more years of Howard is a very sad, impossibly bad, prospect. For us to Norway.

I am looking forward to bitching to my local member. He will no longer be able to use the excuse that his party is not in government.

Comment by joe2 10.24.07 @ 8:24 pm

There are so many reasons that women don’t seem to warm to Costello. He’s creepy, aggressive, dismissive and smarmy.

However, these all pale when a woman meets him as you know he’s looking at your tits instead of listening to your credentials.

Can’t be a leader when 51% of the population realises, cringes and then gets very, very angry!

Comment by suki 10.25.07 @ 6:49 am

Weez, I agree, but I’m throwing my support behind Rudd. I want Howard out at any cost, and Rudd at the moment is that cost. Of course, as a symbolic gesture, I plan to do the same as you – vote Green and preference Labor. Here in the ACT, I will be voting below the line in the Senate – preferencing the Liberals dead last: they have one of the most marginal Senate seats here in the ACT.

Rudd is indeed Howard-lite, but he’s not Howard… I want Howard to lose and I want at least some progressives (the few who are left in the Labor party) in the government. Better some under Rudd than none under Howard. I’ll be helping Labor out next door in Eden-Monaro on election day.

Comment by Dave 10.25.07 @ 7:38 am

Dave, I can see the point of wanting HoWARd out at all costs… but be mindful of just how much you’re willing to pay.

Case in point is the incredibly and increasingly authoritarian behviour of Labor at the NSW state level. It was King Iemma or the incompetence of Peter Debnam. The obvious and sensible choice for NSW voters was to keep Debnam out of leadership- but the cost to do so is getting into the billions now.

I see voting Green as a way to diversify power in Parliament; with any luck, the Greens might hold the balance of power and could even save a top-to-bottom Labor government from the hubris which overtook HoWARd with WorkChoices .

Comment by weez 10.25.07 @ 7:57 am

Agreed Weez… I am hoping that the Greens get the balance of power in the Senate. I am aware that Rudd is a cost, and a Christian to boot. I want that war mongering Liberal arsehole out of my parliament though. Fingers crossed.

Comment by Dave 10.25.07 @ 8:05 pm

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I am hoping that the Greens get the balance of power in the Senate.


I want that war mongering Liberal arsehole out of my parliament though.

Easy- vote Green 1, Labor 2.

Comment by weez 10.26.07 @ 6:01 am

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