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August 20, 2013

I've been on the road for a couple of weeks and I'm due to go off on a photographic trip to the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula on Friday. So I've not been following the election.

Nor have I been reading the mainstream media about the election as the mobile broadband connections have been real flakey at best.

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However, I gather from the headlines that the Coalition, with its deficit fetishism, remains in an election-winning position. So nothing much has changed. What has changed is that Labor is in with a chance of holding onto power even if it loses the popular vote nationwide.

By all accounts I've not missed much with respect to the election campaign. Its full of evasive half truths, trivia and heavily script6ed politicians staying on message and kissing babies.

Apparently, both parties are promising to increase spending and to not cut anywhere - beyond relatively minor "efficiency dividends" from the public service - and to not increase taxes, but instead to cut them, then to gesture to about possible revenue to match the cuts.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:03 PM | | Comments (9)


The Greens are rather brown this election. They need a charismatic leader to cut through.
I would of liked to have seen them on the not so great debates. They may have come off like economic chimpanzees though hehehe.

Abbott's remark about Rudd in the 2nd debate-- “does this guy ever shut up?”--marks him out as a thug.

what we're not so far getting from either Labor or the Coalition is a deeper conversation about how they will change our nation, our society and their future beyond September 7.

The election campaign is full of trivia and half truths even though government revenue is below spending.

Labor is still behind in the polls and apparently unable to win further territory in crucial swing seats. Labor looks headed for defeat.

Labor is going negative--adopting an anti-Abbott strategy that warns of the likely cuts to government services under a Coalition government.

'So I've not been following the election.'

Me too. And I don't even have any excuse beyond personal preferences :)

Watching the election campaign can be like watching a soap opera.
You can watch it for months without something substantial ever happening, so you just pick up from where you left off if you've been away.

Rudd is campaigning like an opposition rather than the government. It is a strange saga with each side waiting for the other to stuff up.
I think there is a belief within the public that things are going to be tight for the next three years anyway and perhaps Labor has had their turn.
Rudd is being perceived as a car salesman. Abbott is the alternative.