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November 9, 2003

Amanda Vanstone has a holiday home three doors down the road from our holiday shack in Victor Harbor. So I couldn't resist this.
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Alan Moir.

The political cooking needed to lock in the emotional unconscious of public opinion is pretty obvious, even for a half-educated punter such as me. Philip was the master chief who created the conservative receipe for the national security, terrorism and immigration mix.

The newly appointed Minister used to have her own personal website. No more.

As with cooking to a receipe there will be a touch of difference and flair. It is called Ministerial discretion and it is all about performance as represented in the media. That difference is determined by political considerations. Then, isn't everything for the people in Canberra?

The conservative political receipe to retain political office appeals to, and shapes, public emotions of pride and fear: pride in Australia's achievements and fear of terrorists and asylum seekers. The mixture of patriotism and suspicion has the effect of dampening down dissent and criticism of the national security state. The unconscious emotion is simple: we face the threat of invasion but we are strong and will defend what is right.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:41 PM | | Comments (0)
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