Election Watch Open Thread

I’m still crook, and whatever it is is making my eyes irritable, so I’m minimising my screen time. Have an Open Thread for the new policy announcements and the various sillinesses from op-eds. Who knows? We might have an election date by the end of the week. UPDATE 2010-07-17: The election will be on August 21.

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  1. I’m already sick of the media coverage of this alleged election. Last week they were speculating when it would be and since it wasn’t called last week as expected now the calls are “Why do we need to go to the Polls now? Why don’t you do some governing first?” Why don’t the MSM stop trying to set the government’s agenda? It was them who set up the election hype in the first place.

  2. Mindy, I feel the same way. This week’s message (why do we need an election now) is especially galling in light of all the complaints that Gillard is not an “elected” PM.
    For the record, I’m not one of those who argues that, because in a Westminster system you don’t vote “for” the PM, you don’t have a right to complain when the leader changes – I think that argument is just a tad disingenuous. (Also ahistorical, from what I understand, but that’s a bit OT. 🙂 ) At the same time, I don’t think we need to go to the polls the minute we have a change of PM. But I can understand why Gillard might choose to call one sooner rather than later.

  3. Actually, someone mentioned in the past week (I think it might have been Antony Green), that pretty much every first term government goes to an “early” election and that, in fact, this government has hung on longer than most.
    Not that simple facts will get in the way of the MSM – or the Lieberals – if they want to make an issue of Gillard going “early”. I notice that a number of senior Coalition people – not to mention Andrew Bolt – reckon Julia should wait until later, maybe even October.
    Methinks this is more about the Libs not being ready. Hard to fight an election when you don’t have candidates preselected for every seat.

  4. If Andrew Bolt reckons she shouldn’t, then she’s just done the right thing.
    Chris Uhlman just annoyed me on the ABC coverage by commenting on the fact that Julia spent 30 minutes with Quentin: “female PM, female Governor-General, they probably have more to talk about than normal”.
    Like what? Their outfits? FFS.

    • Really? It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with Gillard being a new PM whom the GG hasn’t had a chance to get to know in the role, and G-G Bryce taking advantage of the opportunity to do so? How many other PMs have called an election this close in to their taking on the office? The only one I can think of was Fraser as caretaker PM after Whitlam was sacked, and if memory serves he had some rather well-reported longish chats with G-G Kerr at the time.

  5. Of course, the presidential-style campaign coverage, bringing the election debate down to the over-simplification of Julia vs Tony, is well underway.

    Source: ABC, where it was captioned
    “Battlelines .. an election will be held on August 21.”

    Sure, it’s not like the major party leaders are irrelevant to voters deciding how to vote, but how about at least a hint that there are entire parties, each with policies to be evaluated, behind these two personalities?

  6. So, I’m wondering… Hoyden election gathering, anyone?

  7. Provisionally up for a Sydney Hoyden election gathering, as long as it starts in the afternoon sometime so that a baby and baby-carers can visit. (Missing those newborn “sleep anywhere, anytime” days…)
    Meanwhile, the writs will be issued on Monday, so Monday at 8pm is the deadline for new enrolments to vote. Forms can be returned by email these days. http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol

  8. Oh, and the caption “battlelines” is after Tony’s book – no bias there, ABC 😦
    Use hashtag #sexismwatch early and often.

  9. I’m up for a Hoyden election gathering 🙂
    Re the Julia vs Tony thing – it annoys me even more when they pitch it as “her vs him”. It’s not just choosing between two leaders (as for which, I agree with TT’s comment), it’s choosing between two whole genders!!!!!!!!! Game on!

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