I have been impatiently waiting since 11 March, 1996 for a day like yesterday.

HoWARd has been disappeared

…as have others.

a home made pink gaffer tape banner in the Blue Mountains

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25 Responses to “Gone!”

  1. Beppie Says:

    Victory is sweet. 🙂

  2. suzoz Says:

    Yes, it’s brilliant!

  3. weez Says:

    Labor have yet to claim victory in Bennelong… but the numbers ever-so-slightly favor Maxine.

  4. Dave Says:

    Yay! The beast is dead! All my politically aware life, I’ve lived under that conservative shit! No more! No more!

  5. weez Says:

    Dave, don’t think that you’ve fully escaped conservativism with Rudd. He’s more than a bit churchy and very right-wing on a number of issues including drug policy. It’ll be somewhat better, but you won’t be living in any sort of progressive paradise.

  6. Beppie Says:

    That Maxine banner warms my heart. 🙂

    And as far as Rudd is concerned, I’ll take “somewhat better” to start with– just so long as he does the groundwork so that some true reform can take place when the glorious Julia Gillard takes over his mantle.

  7. Suki Says:

    I got so excited Beppie that I completely forget my errand, turned around, drove back home and got the camera.

    Thank you to the Faulconbridge sheet hanger who honored a momentous event in Australian political history so simply and elegantly.

    Go the Labor grrrrls

  8. Caroline Says:

    Especially sweet for the Mountains to be rid of that wet blanket, the completely useless . . . what’s his name . . Bartlett–Kerry. Oh joyous moment.

  9. weez Says:

    Not so joyous when you consider KBartlett was replaced by Bob Debus, who as NSW A/G brought you drug sniffer dogs in pubs, restaurants and public transport in Sydney. Yep, those are searches, no matter that the High Court says they’re not- without warrant or reasonable suspicion of criminal activity… unless walking on a sidewalk or having a coffee al fresco in Kings Cross constitutes reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.

    The federal and state Libs have imploded, but the conservativism vacuum is being handily filled by state Labor, certainly in NSW & QLD.

  10. Tony Says:

    How glorious was it? Karma.

  11. grimn Says:

    Maxine has now claimed victory in Bennelong…

  12. Suki Says:

    We can say “Thanks Maxine” for evermore.

    HoWARd begone!

  13. joe2 Says:

    Now is a sweet time Suki.

    As of today, we will actually hear, “PM Rudd”, in the medja. Methinks, just about everything was thrown at him from almost everywhere and he bloody well managed to get rid of the little dictator. I thought Howard would declare martial law if he thought he would lose.

    Kev must have had guidance from a sage.

  14. weez Says:

    Kev must have had guidance from a sage.

    I guess it’s now OK to tell you that KRudd sought frequent counsel from Sage Suki during the campaign, but didn’t quite know what to do with her advice to “squash HoWARd like a bug on a bumper.”

  15. Graham Bell Says:

    Apologies for not being able to join the celebration earlier [ongoing computer and software malfunctions].

    I did honestly think that Howard and his mob would pull some sort of a vague “terrrerist” stunt to impede the holding of the election itself. They were desperate and ruthless enough to have tried something outrageous like that. It’s not often I celebrate being so wrong but this time it was a pleasure to do so.

    IMHO, Rudd is likely to be a very tough Prime Minister but a competent one …. and not one who is at the beck-and-call of a failed foreign ruler.

  16. weez Says:

    McKew officially claims Bennelong

    Now you can jump up and down and yell a bit. 🙂

  17. Suki Says:


    I too was anxious that the former PM would use whatever he could to terrify the voters, but we did it. We moved out a toxic PM and Stanley Melbourne Bruce was given a historical ‘mate.’

    weez said,
    “Now you can jump up and down and yell a bit.”

    That should read,

    “Now you can jump higher and yell louder!”

  18. Graham Bell Says:

    We probably have a very tough, possibly quite ruthless, Prime Minister now but at least one likely to be reasonably competent. How well he and his Cabinet handle the SubPrime Depression, massive social degradation and a couple of damned nasty military threats remains to be seen. My own gut feeling is that even if they fail then it won’t be for the lack of trying …. nor for following one ratbag ideology after another.

    I’m glad Howard and his eleven years of neglect, bullying, lost opportunities, waste, humiliation and stagnation are finally over.

  19. Ann O'Dyne Says:

    yes we have been whine-free for 6 weeks.
    and suki-free too.

    God I hope you’re not supervising his exit.

    come back!

  20. "Walter" Says:

    Comrades Suki and weez, t’was the sweetest night on earth.

  21. weez Says:

    I think we’ve all breathed something of a sigh of relief that HoWARd is now very old news, but I am waiting to see if the Labor govt is actually going to make the changes they sold the voters during the campaign. I suspect Suki is playing the same waiting game… but I also suspect that she likes her gardens more than her blog for now. 😉

  22. Graham Bell Says:

    Don’t raise your hopes …. no great leaps in progress could ever come for a “two-party-preferred-basis” vaudeville show that pretended to be an election.

    Happy gardening …. or whatever you are up to these days. 🙂

  23. Suki Says:

    Thanks Graham and Ann,

    I seem to have run out of words by the time HoWARd called the election. When I realised he was gone I noticed I was too.

    My garden awaits…

  24. Graham Bell Says:

    Hello 🙂

  25. weez Says:

    Graham, she’s still out in the garden and may well be so for some time.

    Remarkably, so am I.

    Suki’s domain is the plants that are nice to look at…

    I deal with the plants that are nice to eat. 🙂

    Men WILL garden if there’s food involved. 🙂

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