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not too suprised by this - both gillard and abbott offer so much of so little... neither has any sort of vision or real leadership credentials...

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is that right? they have 2 very tight opinions, and who is looking forward to the independants, and especially those of US influence, there?? that Kennedy relo wouldnt happen to be using Australians who are used to the tough conditions in his area for fights in other hot places would he?? If Gillard gets in, her choosing troops in Afghanastan is one thing. If Abbot chooses troops in Afghanastan it is totally another. Annnnd if he wanted to play ball, hope his family is ready for the ordeal.

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Put it this way, hope his preaching will start within Australia.

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"Put it this way, hope his preaching will start within Australia"

Illsayit, would that be any relation to "practice what you're preaching", regarding Abbot?

It didn't seem that there were many papers in favor of one or the other.

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Yeah, and you could say the UK and the US have come to heads down there in Van Diemans Land. So hope they suck it up and keep Australia Australia rather than make judgement on ideologies and economies Above them.

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Hey you know what would be great, seeing its hikiwake. The 2 of them could talk like consenting adults and form a Republic between them!

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Hehehe, GOOOOOO the GREENS!

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The Greens got their first ever Senate seat so they have done quite well.

Watching the coverage last night, there have been massive swings to the Greens in so many electorates. The people certainly spoke and the people said they approve of neither Labor or the Coalition.

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Doesn't matter who wins...you'll still get a politician.

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“Labor would have in fact done worse under a different leadership.”

I'd say it looks more like the Rudd business pushed a lot of previous Labor voters to the Greens. Labor panicked over the reaction to the mining tax. A lot of people were against it, not because it was a bad idea, but because they don't want anything to hurt housing prices, especially in WA. Their panic cost them in the end.

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I wouldnt say massive swings to the greens. You gotta appreciate the dryness. But I would say the laborers have made their voice heard too-no family ties down under yk.

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You know what Australia really needs to focus on? Global Warming. Because that nation's pitifully small population ranks right up there with China, India, Germany and the United States when it comes to contributing "carbon emissions." It should also be the focus of elections in Costa Rica, Albania and New Zealand, too. Any voter in Australia who based his or her vote on a party's stance on the "Global Warming" is a sucker and a fool who makes the American electorate look rational and scholarly in comparison.

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The wind has blown, The birds have flown, The trees have grown, The Greens will own.

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The Greens got their first ever Senate seat so they have done quite well

Actually, it was their first seat in the Lower House. Bob Brown`s been a senator for a while.

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JackDorff: Actually, it was their first seat in the Lower House...

Actually, it's their second. Michael Organ won the seat of Cunningham (Wollongong) in a by-election in 2002 to become the Greens' first Lower House representative. Brandt is the first Green to win a seat in the Lower House in a full election.

illsayit: Yeah, and you could say the UK and the US have come to heads down there in Van Diemans Land...

What on earth do the US and UK have to do with this election? And what does that have to do with Tasmania (formerly Van Diemen's Land)? If you're worried about the influence of the US and UK on the Australian election, don't. It was fought on purely local issues.

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"What on earth do the US and UK have to do with this election? And what does that have to do with Tasmania (formerly Van Diemen's Land)?"

donkusai, if I may interject, please, is a poetic one.

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The reference is a poetic one... :)

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"It was fought on purely local issues."

To add, if I may, politicians often get a bad rap. Before anyone goes to far with that, would you know another group as vilified? Do you know any one people considered to be at the beck and call of any Joe on the street?

Now, to get to your point, there are no "purities" to local issues or politics. That is the nature of dealing with the public. That is the public. Create an instument, a life-saving invention, and someone out there will make a weapon of it. Including politics. There is no party that hasn't.

As BP (and I am just talking BP) has an interest in the politics of Russia, so do the UK and the US with Australia. Mind you the interests are not the same "pace" as in Russia and other countries, but they are definitely there.

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