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March in March

Last weekend over 150,000 people took to the streets around the country in protest of the Abbott government.  Tony Abbott has been in power less than six months and has surprised everyone with his surprisingly blunt level of scumbaggery.  Most recently he was at a school fielding questions from children and when asked by a girl about gay marriage, he ...

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Australia Decides 2013: The LNP Pulls Ahead In The Polls

The latest Galaxy Poll shows the LNP pulling ahead in two party preferred polls.  It’s not an unassailable margin but at this point, a betting man would be wise to put money on Tony Abbott and the conservatives regaining power in September. This is a disappointing development to say the least.  The only positive I take out of it is ...

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Australia Decides 2013: The polls are in…

A week ago, Labor was staring down the barrel of electoral annihilation in September.  Julia Gillard was somehow losing a popularity contest against conservative leader Tony Abbott who typically ranked at about a 35% approval rating.  Labor were looking at losing by ten points in two party preferred polls and that had been consistent for about six months. So last ...

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Breaking News: Julia Gillard wears glasses…also calls an election

On Wednesday of this week, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the much anticipated date for this year’s federal election – September 14th.  That’s right!  Australia is going to have a long election cycle, America style. What’s in store for the next eight months? Things started low-key enough at Australia’s monolithic news media company News Ltd.  They broke the news ...

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Julia Gillard’s Misogyny Speech To Tony Abbott

In case you haven’t heard, it’s Opposite Week in Australia.  Adelaide United are sitting on top of the A-League and the New Yorker ran an article about how Julia Gillard could teach Barack Obama a thing or two about public speaking.  ‘What on Earth is going on?’ you might well ask. Well, the past couple of months have not been ...

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Kevenge of the Nerds

Previously…on AusPol: Australia is a democratic country with a two party majority:  the conservative Liberal Party and the slightly less conservative Labor Party. Australia lived and thrived in economic prosperity under Liberal Party legend John Howard in the late Nineties and early Two Thousands.  Howard had endured plenty of peaks and troughs in his tenure as Australian Prime Minister but ...

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Pumpkin carvings

It’s the night before the big Halloween costume party and my friend Amanda invited us over to her place for an evening of pumpkin carving.  I’ve never done it before so it was quite a novelty (and there’s a bit of a learning curve).  Amanda grew up in America so she’s an old hand at pumpkin carving.  She was able ...

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And the winner is…

Took long enough but we got there in the end. Australia’s political stand-off has finally ended, to Julia Gillard’s immense relief and Tony Abbott’s deep disappointment. Labor will hold onto power after winning the support of two regional independents – Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor. – ABC News I’m not really sure what to make of this myself.  I was ...

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The Opposition Leader: Tony Abbott

When it comes to politicans and their policies, does it matter whether they genuinely believe in them?  With Prime Minister Julia Gillard it seems pretty clear that a significant proportion of her policies exist specifically because they will increase the likelihood of her re-election and do not stem from any personal feeling one way or another.  How else to explain ...

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Power Fox v Budgie Smuggler: Australia Decides

“The next Australian federal election will elect members of the 43rd Parliament of Australia and must be held on or before 16 April 2011. The election will be called following the dissolution or expiry of the current Parliament. The current Prime Minister, Julia Gillard of the Labor Party, has indicated the election will be held in 2010.” I thought it ...

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