Thursday, October 14, 2004

If you've come across any Australian blogs in the past week you'll be aware we had a federal election last Saturday, and the bad guys won. Again.
There's been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth on the left about how this cold-hearted, lying economic rationalist could have swept to power so convincingly one more time.
Though trying to hold onto some sembance of hope we all saw it coming, but a lot of folks, like my mate Hammy here, are taking it pretty hard.
The thing is though, even though there was a country-wide swing to the right, it's worth remembering that it wasn't that big of a swing. Not really. A look at how the votes were split indicates the number of people voting Liberal and Labor is actually a lot closer than we're led to believe, so I don't think there's a reason to pack your bags for New Zealand just yet.
Also, as Doug at Serepax pointed out, Family First - the Christian Right party that insists it's just a coincidence all their candidates are Christian and who look like holding the balance of power in the Senate - are certainly homophobic single-parent bashers, but might not be quite as rabid as feared. Still, the fact that, as Hammy notes, we're now paying for Labor's cowardly allocation of preferences to thwart the Greens, selling their faithful down the river in the process, doesn't change.
Interesting to see the pull-out posters in the paper earlier this week, showing maps of how each electroate voted in bright blue and red. The predictability was incredible - all the suburbs you think of as working class were won by Labor, all the upper-class suburbs won by the Libs.
I'll get back to posting about music soon. It's just that I don't know if what I've got to say about the new Talib Kweli is that interesting.


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