Archive for March 10th, 2011

Julia Gillard is a good stateswoman

Mmmm I know, praise for Julia Gillard on this blog…unusual isn’t it.

Seriously though, I was quite impressed with her speech to the US Congress this morning. She portrayed her nation and herself very well and delivered a speech befitting of a close ally of the United States.

The speech can be seen on the ABC News website however for reasons best known to the ABC, there is no easy way for me to embed the video here, so you’ll just have to click the link if you want to see more than just the moon-landing bit which seems to be grabbing most of the media attention at the expense of the more interesting and substantial bits of the speech.

Julia did her country proud today, and it got me thinking, she might be an utterly hopeless administrator, but she is very good at representing the country. Perhaps the best role for her would be that of Governor-General, a role in which she has no real power, but can represent our country positively to the rest of the world.

Tony Abbott for PM and Julia for GG: it’s a good combination in my books.


March 10th, 2011 at 04:35pm

Barry’s stance on Pauline

An email to 2UE’s Jason Morrison

G’day Jason,

I think you’re right that Barry O’Farrell’s stance of ostracising Pauline Hanson and not ostracising The Greens is a peculiar one and not the message that he should be sending to conservative voters, although I think it’s wider than just conservative voters. Ten News had a phone poll last night asking whether people would be willing to vote for Pauline Hanson which I believe they started after their 6pm interview with her…by the time the late news came around, 86% of Ten News viewers were saying “yes” they would vote for Pauline Hanson.

Perhaps the Ten News core demographic has changed in recent times, but I see the typical Ten News viewer as being less likely to vote conservatively than viewers of the other commercial networks’ news services, so needless to say, the result surprised me. I’m hoping that it also surprised Barry O’Farrell and he changes his stance to reflect community attitudes by denouncing the Greens and supporting some of Pauline Hanson’s positions.

I can understand why Barry doesn’t want to denounce the Greens…he’s worried that disenfranchised Labor voters may swing to the Greens. Well if they’re that silly to think that the Greens would do a better job and they’re that committed to vote for the left, then they deserve what they get, and Barry shouldn’t be risking the support of the overwhelming majority of sensible voters by targeting Greens voters.

All the best from a rather wet Deniliquin!
Samuel Gordon-Stewart

March 10th, 2011 at 07:23am


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