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Post Election Blues « Previous | |Next »
December 5, 2007

Fortunately our computing system has been down for about ten days so I have missed the chit chat about the who and why of the election. I have been back over the entries in Public Opinion and Crikey in particular. Its more than 20 years since I lived in an urban area, I thought we had moved on from categorising the population by "Brand Names".

We are a fairly homogenized community with a variety of views about most things.Those holding similar views seem to find ways of coming together. In Eden/Monaro many came together about Rights at Work and Climate Change.

Over the years of the Howard Government smaller groups had come together over Reconciliation, the war in Iraq, detention centres. Ministerial behaviour, health services ,shortages of health workers, the cost of living, interest rates, abuse of the Senate, Parliamentry behaviour, lies, evasions and non-core promises, David Hicks were reflected in Letters to Editors and talk back programs.

These issues were comprehended by and concerns of people from all walks of life. Many of these people had always voted Liberal . It took them 11 years to realise their accumulated concerns could no longer put aside. The result was a new Local Member.

Now Gerard Henderson [SMH 4.12.2007] is telling us how disappointed and disruptive various ''Brand Names"will be because their particular desires may not be fulfilled by a Government that wants to govern for all and wants to implement its election policies and promises. It would be better to progessively comment on what unfolds. .Being an optimist I predict we will move towards a fairer and more just Australia. Maybe we will all be satisfied.

| Posted by Len at 3:51 PM | | Comments (2)


I think that the government has taken on a very inclusive tone and that is good for Australia, leaving aside policy differences. Are there that many given Dr Nelsons public statements? Perhaps the outcome will be a better society.

"The Poll That Counts" video series is now complete. Enjoy 'Bill Heffernan's Payback' and the rest by clicking on my link below. Meet some of the Eden-Monaro and Canberra people you mentioned in "Around the booths'.
On a different but related matter, Getup is holding its Refresh conference tomorrow and Saturday to discuss grassroots politics of the future.