Next time you're arguing with a redneck that refugees arriving by boat aren't a problem, show them this graph. See that huge ramp up? That was Howard.
The remainder is an excellent examination of the issues. Probably too many words for the average swinging voter though.
The watermelon partyJuly 31, 2010
Green or red, it is not necessarily the Greens' political colours that should interest voters, but their economic philosophy, write Nick O'Malley and David Humphries.
Given the SMH isn't allowing comments on this article, I have to comment here.
Nice one Fairfax running comment as news, without giving us any background on who's slinging the mud or their agenda. One of the reasons I don't tend to read Fairfax media.
Note the breadcrumb showing the section gives no indication that this is comment or opinion. Sloppy.
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And whoever subbed the article, WTF?
If they sat with Brown and really talked to him, if they asked him what his core philosophy was, the one big idea that drives the Greens over any other, he'd tell them a story that would make their hair curl.
The article then goes on to talk about Brown tracing his political awakening to a hike along the length of the Franklin River. Hair curling stuff!
And just in case the SMH goes and modifies or removes the article, here's a screenshot.
iii) 'Blessed are those who dig in the earth and profiteth from the treasure therein, for they shall see me afterwards.
xiv) For Gough begat Malcolm and Malcolm begat Bob. And Bob begat Paul, although this was attended not by the cherubim or the seraphim but by both argy and bargy.
A great example of how arbitrary our current Internet censorship is, and it's the model for the new censorship regime. Somehow describing in detail how to make hash brownies is not "detailed instruction in drug use".
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Thunderbirds are go! Watching Channel Ten's interview with Bob Hawke and the misses last night it struck me where I'd seen them before...
Now we just need International Rescue to save us from the ranga and her (lack of) policies.
Dear deluded fools left-wing ALP voters,
I have a bunch of friends who perversely vote for the Australian Labor Party while professing views diametrically opposite those the party actually implements. None of my friends supports offshore detention of refugees. Most of my friends support real action on climate change. Yet some of my friends continue to vote for the ALP, and some are even card-carrying members.
Challenged on this, they often murmur something about having to be in power to effect real change. Peter Garrett has achieved one thing and one thing only since joining the ALP, and that is to provide the perfect response to that justification. "You mean like Peter Garrett?"
So to those of you, read this short piece:
The reason the ALP keeps lunging to the right is that it thinks its main competition is the Liberals, and it’s trying to appeal to their voters. For the same reason, the more serious the competition it gets from the Greens (by ALP voters abandoning it for the Greens, the same way swinging voters abandon it for the Liberals), the more it’s going to have to compete for progressive votes – which means the ALP starting to actually listen to you! It means the ALP proposing policies with which you might actually agree.
This will not happen if you just vote ALP regardless of what it actually does.
(discovered via Mareike Hardy's Being a woman won't win my vote)