drunk on election night

November 25, 2007

so, australia voted.
i was quite surprised at the amount by which labour won, i thought (and was hoping) it would be a lot closer than it turned out to be. oh well.

i guess it should come as no surprise to you that my political views, like my religious views, are quite conservative, and as such i was pretty sad that the liberals lost. i think my main reason for being annoyed at labour’s win was that it seemed as though a whole of kids voted for labour just because of kevin rudd’s pop-star-like election campaign, not because of labour’s politics. for example, i overheard some chick in the line in front of erin and i say “i’m gonna vote for him cos he was funny on rove”. oh dear.
I guess that’s what you get when everyone has to vote and not everyone cares about politics. not that it really mattered in my seat though, as it’s one of the safest labour seats in nsw, and anthony albanese won by a 35% margin.

and then, as if the landslide loss wasn’t enough, i was saddened even more so when it became apparent that john howard would (probably) lose his seat to maxine mac-yew. at least while at the gavin’s we got to call her names when she was giving her arrogant, insolent speech on tv. howard’s speech, in contrast, was gracious and dignified.

anyway, there’s nought we can do now, so we’ll see what labour and kevin rudd do in the months and years to come.

:: By mizzle 8 Comments


  1. I know the networks are calling it “Pop Politics”, but I don’t think Kevin 07 won on those grounds (ok, except for the girl, and those like her, in front of you in the line). He put up a clever campaign – He offered all that Howard offered, with a little less spending – the only two points they really varied on were Kyoto (which Rudd brought to the table), and the IR laws.
    Australians are generally afraid of change, and his platform was not-much-change-with-new-and-younger-leadership-and-a-cleaner-environment. But then he did a shifty, and in his acceptance speech said he’d be the Prime Minister for all Australians, including Indigenous Australians and migrants, which he didn’t mention at all during the campaign.
    Howard’s platform, on the other hand, was Peter-Costello-and-more-IR-changes-and-a-good-economy-that-we-have-the-experience-to-maintain.

    Comment by Sylv — November 26, 2007 #

  2. Goodbye Johnny. We’ll miss you.

    To those who voted Labor/Greens. What were you thinking. Oh that’s right, you weren’t. All you wanted was a change. It’s a shame you don’t remember the last time Labor policies sent this country broke.

    Well, I’ll be seeing you all soon. In the unemployment lines.

    Comment by H — November 26, 2007 #

  3. PS: I think it was ‘Pop Politics’. How many actual ‘Political interviews’ did Rudd do during the election? From memory he went on a fair bit of FM radios/youth talk shows. Fluffing an answer to ‘Who would you turn gay for?’ or being asked the hard questions by Kyle Sandilands makes you PM material? When was Rudd actually challenged by political reporters? His policies were never challenged.

    Comment by H — November 26, 2007 #

  4. I liked John Howard. I resent that we have to be allies to someone – anyone really and that Australia has to ensure our livelyhood by supporting America. I’m apprehensive about Kevin Rudd and just what he’s gonna do. Will Australia go down the pipes? Could Kevin do something grand like make university education free?


    Comment by josh rayson — November 26, 2007 #

  5. Being funny on Rove is a better reason than because their name is Rhonda. Ron Dog.
    That said, he wasn’t funny on Rove.

    I think Kevin Rudd won as much as anything because he’s not John Howard. People did want a change. In some ways fair enough. I think the Howard government did a good job, but what more did they have to do?

    Howard’s negative campaign did him no favours. Rudd spoke to the people more, or pretended to.

    Also, free university education is stupid. It would only encourage more people who don’t need a university education to get one (all those doing arts degrees). It’d be nice, but university is still cheaper than private school. And with HECS deferral possible it’s not much of an issue.

    Comment by grizzle — November 26, 2007 #

  6. If it aint broke, why fix it?
    But more importantly, how were your free donuts?

    Comment by bon — November 26, 2007 #

  7. oh no! i completely forgot.
    i feel so sad now. far out, that sucks.

    Comment by mizzle — November 26, 2007 #

  8. Nothing like a good landslide to put the Libs in their place!

    Comment by Andrew — November 27, 2007 #

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