Wednesday, 04 September 2013

Shouting us Down

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Is it any wonder people are reluctant to be involved in politics and public debate? The feeling that this is the worst election evah pervades political coverage and discussion. Professionals and nonprofessionals alike complain about the quality of the leaders’ debates (and the quality of the leaders!), the uselessness of the media coverage, and the disengagement of the voters. Enough. It’s not that I disagree with these assessments, or think that they shouldn’t be expressed; it’s just that I’d like…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013

Meeting And Licking The People

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Intrepid press gallery hack Ben Pobjie is on the Abbott Bus, exposing the soft, sweaty and bristled underbelly of the modern election campaign. Tuesday, 27th August Unnerving start today on campaign trail with Abbott team. Woke at 6am to find Peta Credlin sitting on my bed, staring at me. Asked if I could help her. She put finger to her lips, then spat on me. Later in the day saw her at lunch and asked what that was all about.…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013

The Parable of the Simple Whippet

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Our regular The Hot and The Dead columnist, Shelley Stocken is sick this week and wasn’t able to find a hot and dead person to crush on. We send Shelley all our love and best wishes, and give you this small moment in time as a place holder until she gets better. 1. Give Simple Whippet and Speedy Whippet exactly same amount of food for breakfast. 2. Speedy Whippet finishes first and eyes the Simple Whippet's half-full bowl. 3. Simple…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

We’re all going to die

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But first, we have to live through this election. As the campaign swirls around the bowl of the final fortnight and the media focuses slavishly on every twitch in the opinion polls (all well within the margin of error) the bullshit rules of politics - say nothing and do nothing – and the even more bullshit rules of media – report nothing of substance and magnify everything that’s irrelevant – are proven by the very few exceptions. Paul Keating launched…