If there were a form of theatrical torture more cruel than subjecting voters to an eight-month election campaign, Labor strategists surely would have thought of it.

These glasses are all part of the plan

As if Australians aren’t struggling enough with the everyday trials and tribulations.

Now they must be subjected to an agonising political pantomime which started yesterday with the arrest of dumped Labor MP Craig Thomson, and will only end - presumably in tears - on September 14.

News of Thomson being charged with 150 offences has, by fate or God’s cruel design, made a mockery of Julia Gillard’s claim that by calling the election early the government could rise above the political muck.

It has forced Gillard to have to deny any link that suggests she called the election date early, knowing that Thomson was about to be charged.

Such a theory would suggest that police tipped off the Prime Minister, which is ludicrous, even considering the bizarre nature of the decision in the first place.

But that hasn’t stopped the opposition making the connection, which is hardly surprising, considering Tony Abbott’s campaign is focused on destroying Gillard’s credibility on the issue
of trust.

And it hasn’t stopped Labor MPs now pondering the possibility that the entire strategy for calling the election early was to deal with the fear of possible by-elections caused by an early resignation by Thomson or Peter Slipper.

Whatever the possible added motives, the wheels appear to have already come loose before the campaign wagon has even rolled out of town.

But as a stage show, the opening of Election 2013 was not confined to the Prime Minister. Abbott has also had a shocker.

His day one was ruined, and then only saved when Thomson was arrested, when an email exchange between the Opposition Leader and his staff was leaked to The Daily Telegraph.

In it, Abbott appeared to be more concerned about what people thought about him personally than about his policies.

Bugger the policy, I just want to be loved.

Meanwhile Kevin Rudd was up in Queensland putting on a Putinesque display of manliness by cutting into a log with a chainsaw in a symbol of his eternal resolve to cut Gillard down.

Rudd clearly didn’t get the memo from Gillard that there in fact is no election campaign yet, apparently.

There is no doubt in the minds of Rudd supporters that Gillard had Rudd in her mind with the early call. But far from being disheartened by the announcement, they have been startled into action from their summer torpor. They are confident Rudd is only 6-10 votes short of the numbers needed.

Admittedly, those 6-10 are rusted on to Gillard.

Rudd’s problem is that he could be only one away from what he needs, and still not get there if that one refuses to shift.

But the internal fallout from Gillard’s decision has not yet settled. And many MPs are apoplectic.

Consider what happened at the last election. Two seats were held by Labor in western Sydney by wafer-thin margins. One of them, Lindsay, by a matter of a few hundred votes.

What did the Liberal Party fail to do at the last election in Lindsay? Apart from not having a candidate when the campaign bell rang, they didn’t get a postal vote application campaign up and running.

Ask any state Labor campaign official how important this is. By knowing when the election is called, Labor can mail out its postal vote applications in the days before it is actually called so they are in the mailbox on day one.

Electoral rules prevent parties having this material out any earlier. Which means the Liberals and Nationals in opposition have to wait until it’s actually called to send theirs out, leading to a delay of up to three days.

Postal votes favour the Libs, so Labor is religious about getting in ahead of them to pick off as many possible votes as they can. Getting in early is a proven advantage.

And as Lindsay proved, a few hundred can make the difference to being in government or not.

By giving the Liberals the election date, Gillard has given up a crucial weapon.

As a result many marginal seat MPs believe that she has put now them in graver danger than they were already in. If people think there is something odd about it, then that’s because there is something odd about it.

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    • jg says:

      09:05am | 01/02/13

      Cue Christian Real and his confected anger at Abbott for, err, doing something….

      It’s fun watching him try to defend the indefensible.

    • nihonin says:

      09:25am | 01/02/13

      jg, I wouldn’t be too worried about Christian Real, he too is probably feeling just as robbed as the guy who ‘apparently’ married into CR’s family.  You know the same guy who only talks about his ancestry when it means more money in his bank account.  wink

    • Pedro says:

      10:19am | 01/02/13

      http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/if-slipper-is-guilty-then-what-about-abbott/
      Here’s why Abbott has to be careful. HIs own accounting is quite dodgy.
      But then - who on the ALP side will attack him as it could open up a massive can of worms. No pollie wants Joe Public to know just how much money all of them (ALP, LNP, Greens etc) spend on themselves and claim back.
      Let’s be honest - they are all crooks.
      Cue LNP bile and blind defence of their man. LNP spends tax $ = good. Labor doing the same = bad.

    • honininon says:

      10:30am | 01/02/13

      interesting nihonin
      talking to your sockpuppets AGAIN?

    • Borderer says:

      11:10am | 01/02/13

      The whole innocent until proven guilty thing too… I mean they bang on about Abbott’s university days…. it’s breath taking….

    • Pedro says:

      09:09am | 01/02/13

      Who cares?
      Life under Abbott won’t be much different. We’ll have a larger deficit and maybe the Australian $ will fall once Hamburger Joe starts playing with the Treasury. A shakey economy is a good thing for exporters. The little people like you and I will have less money in our pockets because we have to pay for all of Tony’s grand schemes to help the rich and powerful so maybe house prices will fall. That’s not a bad thing either. Maybe Pyney will be foreign minister? That should be fun. Most likely he’ll get defence - because of a love for uniforms.
      My only real problem is having to listen to his annoying voice and watch his rictus smile. Oh - and having him represent me to the world. That’s my real problem.
      All that remains is to see what his core and non-core promises are. We’ll find out on Sept 15 when we see the first boat being towed back to Jakarta by a team of flying pigs.
      Cue - Liberal bile.

    • Chillin says:

      09:31am | 01/02/13

      morning acotrel!

      They can’t POSSIBLY do worse than the present Labor Government.  People killed in roof tops, billions upon billions of debt, fake carbon taxes…list goes on.

      She will go down as the single worst PM we have had in history.

      I think she went one term too many.

    • Tropical Pom says:

      09:52am | 01/02/13

      To be this negative of the Libs i would love to hear your views on our wonderfully honest, moral, accountable, open and uncorruptable govt or are you one of the ALP’s 1600 “media advisors”?

    • Borderer says:

      10:05am | 01/02/13

      @Chillin
      I agree, what can they do? Drive off miners? Open the borders? Give money we don’t have to people who don’t have a clue like the Greens?Expensively fail in the implimentation of policy? What about gut some industries overnight with an export ban? How about time and again try and publically embarress your opponent only to have the truth slap you in the face the next day? The bar isn’t very high.

    • Mattb says:

      10:43am | 01/02/13

      Pedro
      “All that remains is to see what his core and non-core promises are. We’ll find out on Sept 15 when we see the first boat being towed back to Jakarta by a team of flying pigs.
      Cue - Liberal bile”

      Hahahaha, that’s brilliant, bought on tears of laughter!..

    • LC says:

      11:03am | 01/02/13

      After seeing the performance of Labor, both state and federal, over the last decade, I’m convinced that the Liberals, if nothing else, can’t do a worse job.

      Nice to see you too Acotrel/Persephone. How’s your morning? Slept well?

    • Pedro says:

      12:14pm | 01/02/13

      @Mattb
      I am glad you were amused. Some people can see the funny side of all this political BS. I try to not let the appallbng state of pubilc debate in this country get me down. All parties are as bad as each other.

    • Michael says:

      05:45pm | 01/02/13

      Cue the bell ringing for you to take your tablets, and head back to your padded room champ.

    • Mitch says:

      09:17am | 01/02/13

      Does this article actually contain any substance other than “hmm, this smells fishy”?

      Gillards decision to name the election date so early (she can’t actually call the election until August) has got to be the greatest troll ever on the national media that has become so lazy and full of themselves that they’ve become confused and enraged at the idea that things aren’t going as they normally do.

    • Mark990 says:

      03:33pm | 01/02/13

      The thing is Mitch, things ARE “going as they normally do” for Gillard. Had this been the first suspect announcement she had ever made then you would definitely have a case, but when you go through the list of dodgy under the table deals this woman has done over the years and lied about then this just looks like normal behavior for Gillard -

      1) Knifing Rudd (and lying about it for years following)
      2) ‘negotiating’ with the independents and greens (i.e. lying to get their support)
      3) Putting slipper into the speakers chair
      4) Supporting Thompson even after the fair work report was released
      5) Installing Nova Peris in the NT
      6) AWU scandall
      7) Announcing Timor solution before speaking to the president
      8) Never a carbon tax under a government i lead
      9) Guarantee a surplus 3 years running
      10) Announce the election about 6 months earlier than ever before, when ‘coincidentally’ her 1 vote majority in House of reps was under threat.

      Is it any wonder that journo’s and the public at large look her in the eye when she says this had nothing to do with the decision and question whether she is lying…again?

    • CF says:

      09:17am | 01/02/13

      Gillard has made more mistakes than Pauline Hanson sitting a Vietnamese exam. The announcement of an election this early may be odd, or just another blunder from a PM desperately trying to cling to power

    • Lafée says:

      10:42am | 01/02/13

      I don’t think it’s another blunder, I think it’s quite deliberate.  I think she wants out; retire with her $600,000 pa while she’s still young enough to enjoy first class worldwide travelling, setting up a Paris apartment or a Tuscan farmhouse or both, stocking up on Louis Vuitton handbags etc.

      She’s allowed maximum time for everything that can go wrong to go wrong.  Plenty of time for the Thomson and Slipper sagas to derail her campaign, plenty of time for Abbott to shoot himself in the foot and be replaced with Turnbull, plenty of time to fall flat on her face again and be replaced with Rudd.  I think she’s had enough strife and criticism and has set it up for a permanent taxpayer-funded holiday for herself.

    • Eskimo says:

      09:19am | 01/02/13

      It’s being reported that Victoria police notified Thompson they had enough evidence to charge him in December and invited him to surrender himself. When he refused, his eventual arrest was almost certain.

      It is unlikely this would remain secret in political circles, so the PM might have known of the impending arrest without notification from the police.

    • Freeman says:

      09:39am | 01/02/13

      Even 2GB was reporting on the impending arrest leading up to Christmas.

    • Millsy says:

      09:57am | 01/02/13

      Yes, but 2GB isn’t what I’d call a reliable source when it comes to political reporting.

    • JoniM says:

      01:57pm | 01/02/13

      There is a pretty active Police Union in Victoria , I believe ?

    • Dr B S Goh, Australian in Asia says:

      09:30am | 01/02/13

      We should not forget that the carbon tax is a big fraud imposed on Australia by the ALP-Greens joint venture. The carbon tax has insignificant impact on global warming which is a global problem and not an Australian problem per se. By 2035 the number of coal powered stations will increase by 50% and makes the carbon tax even more irrelevant.

      The obscenity is that the worst power stations in Australia owned mainly by foreigners have about $1 billion in compensation. The Hon Combet has signed an agreement at Cancun to donate ten percent PER YEAR of the tax to be wasted by UN.

      If we are serious about fighting global warming we must work to help the naughty countries China and India to reduce CO2 emission. We should ram up our nuclear research R&D in particular Thorium nuclear energy as we have the most Thorium deposits in the world.

    • Mr Sam says:

      10:04am | 01/02/13

      Was it about fighting global warning or getting a PM job? This is what the ALP have become and it will take decades to get undone.

    • Loxy says:

      10:39am | 01/02/13

      Dr B S Goh, such a familiar cop out to say ” well other countries aren’t doing anything so why should we?” We might be a small country with small omissions overall but are you aware the per capita we have one of the worst, if not the worst, emissions in the world? And have you not even seen people follow the good example of others? Why can’t Australia be a leader in this area and set the example to the world instead of waiting for the world to act first?

      I don’t claim that the carbon tax will fix everything or even that it will make much of a difference, however we are trashing this world and leaving an awful legacy for future generations, and any small step towards change is a good thing in my books.

    • Dr B S Goh, Australian in Asia says:

      10:49am | 01/02/13

      China is having the worst air pollution caused by coal powered stations and cars. See http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-02/01/content_16192311.htm

      This is a good time to talk seriously with China how we can reduce their dependence on coal powered station and follow France which gets 80% of it electricity from Nuclear Power. We should do joint R& D on Thorium nuclear power.

    • Dr B S Goh, Australian in Asia says:

      11:29am | 01/02/13

      @ Loxy. I am a scientist who has worked more than 40 years to help save the environment.

      I am annoyed with the carbon tax because it is an illusion that we are doing something useful to solve a very serious global problem. The worst effect of the carbon tax is that it turned off about 70% of the Australian population and thus we are unable to do something that is practical and effective.

    • Al says:

      12:04pm | 01/02/13

      Dr B S Goh - while agreeing with you primarily I actualy think the worst thing about the Carbon tax/price promoted by either party is that:
      It will achieve nothing but allows the average person to get a warm fuzzy feeling about contributing which generaly reduces the funding available and voulantary contributions they otherwise would have made into something that can make a difference (the “why should I give to them I have done my bit by paying the increased costs of the carbon price/tax?”).
      The other piece of BS is the whole recycling thing (other than Aluminium) which contributes more and does more damage than not recycling, but gives people the feeling they are doing something good.

    • Jenny says:

      12:59pm | 01/02/13

      We should not forget that the carbon tax is a big fraud imposed on Australia by the ALP-Greens joint venture.

      I thought that Australia was a democracy and the will of the people is the bulwark of our system.

      Can you please explain what has happened ?

      as an illiterate and unlettered person it would be nice to know how a political party can be so powerful ....the carbon tax is a big fraud imposed on Australia by the ALP-Greens joint venture.

      and as a Dr please don’t be shy to tell us.

    • Dr B S Goh, Australian in Asia says:

      01:54pm | 01/02/13

      @ Jenny. Sure it is part of our system of our system of democracy that a Govt can decide and act as it sees fit even if 90% of the people are against a decision between elections.  Our opportunity to show the Govt we are dead against a decision is during election time.

      That is why I say we should not forget this fraud of carbon tax now that the election.

    • Michael says:

      05:50pm | 01/02/13

      Great post.  Logical…well presented…. these facts alone will cause it to be treated with disdain by the ALP/Greens mob.

    • Mr Sam says:

      09:33am | 01/02/13

      If this is a fair society, when all the dusts settles it would be nice to have tax payers get an investigation about all this to clear it up one way or the other. This might all be sheer coincidence or not. But if I did something wrong I’m not going to get a free pass by the authorities and neither should the PM.

    • Mik says:

      09:43am | 01/02/13

      Perhaps it was an issue of no trust.  Not consulting cabinet indicates the PM may not be sure who the Rudd backers, Shorten soldiers, Murdoch spies and Richo mates might be so another “kitchen cabinet” was formed.. She knows that she was able to rely on the country boys though. The 3 of them, including Bob, have remained true to their word.Perhaps after the election, the Nats will have a new membership application.
      As a pollie, it was meant to be a clever move about something so where are the investigative journos?

    • morrgo says:

      09:48am | 01/02/13

      I am flummoxed by the implication of the article: people give their postal vote to whomever sends an application first.  The postal version of the donkey vote: could it be really this bad?

    • marley says:

      11:04am | 01/02/13

      Not sure, but I think the issue was more that the Libs didn’t have time to get their act together last time, and the long-lead up this time means they’ll have all those envelopes stuffed and ready to maii the moment the starting pistol fires.

    • Steve says:

      10:12am | 01/02/13

      Regarding the mooted tip-off.

      It does not have to been an official sanctioned tip-off, it could just have been a ALP-supporting member of the detective squad trying to be helpful.

      If the latter case, we will never know the truth of the matter.  FWIW, I don’t think the Prime Minister did know.

    • Colin says:

      10:16am | 01/02/13

      I will be sans tie and dress suit this coming election again, because I point-blank refuse to choose between a party that now slavishly pork-barrels the lowest-common-denominators of our country with bread and circuses and one that will slavishly pork-barrel the lowest-common-denominators of our country with bread and circuses…

      But, hey, what would I know? I’m obviously jealous of all those people that drive past me in falcodore utes, towing jet-skis…

    • Marian Rumens says:

      10:31am | 01/02/13

      Life under Abbott wont be any different Pedro? That’s what they thought in Queensland before they elected Campbell Newman. Well here’s a couple of differences. You’ll have to pay back the carbon tax payment if Tony Abbott becomes PM. There’ll be no more school kids bonus that pays for text books and uniforms and people earning under $37,000 will be $500 a year short on their superannuation. So there will be some differences

    • L. says:

      12:30pm | 01/02/13

      “There’ll be no more school kids bonus that pays for text books and uniforms”

      Sorry, why should there be school kids bonus in the first place?

    • Tubesteak says:

      01:05pm | 01/02/13

      You mean you’ll have to fund your own existence instead of expecting taxpayers to support you?

      Oh, the horror.

    • jg says:

      10:53am | 01/02/13

      and what’s with the stupid glasses and the new demeanor?

      Is this the ‘real, I’m no longer fake, but realer than the last real’ julia?

    • Lafée says:

      01:54pm | 01/02/13

      The glasses are supposed to mean you can trust her.  Psychological testing has found a widespread perception that middle aged women who wear glasses are a highly trustworthy section of the population.

      It’s such a blatant ploy on Gillard’s part, it’s actually quite funny.

    • jg says:

      10:55am | 01/02/13

      Oh, and if you want a real laugh then get over to the Drum where the lefties are going completely spare trying to link Thomson arrest to police leaking details of his arrest to liberal premiers who have then contacted Abbott to let him know.

      FFS, spare me….

    • Far ken says:

      10:58am | 01/02/13

      “If there were a form of theatrical torture more cruel than subjecting voters to an eight-month election campaign, Labor strategists surely would have thought of it.As if Australians aren’t struggling enough with the everyday trials and tribulations.”

      just how many Australians are struggling and by struggling i mean the ones who can’t go out for a night at least once a month , not you toff nosed complaining liberal tossers who go out most days of the week and say your doing it hard

    • Bob of the freezing tropics says:

      11:06am | 01/02/13

      I will make the prediction that the election WILL NOT be held on the stated date! I can just not bring myself to believe ANYTHING that Gillard says. Mark my words, She will go to the election at the drop of a hat when / if circumstances are in her favour, perhap a tick up in the Newspoll will be sufficient. Liberals be prepared, remember you can’t trust a word she says.

    • Rosie says:

      11:17am | 01/02/13

      “In it, Abbott appeared to be more concerned about what people thought about him personally than about his policies.”

      Do you blame Abbott? After all he is only human? He has been demonized to the hilt by certain section of the community and was trying to get them to see he is a good decent Aussie bloke. As for policies, seven and half months is heaps of time for you guys to get what you are after and how it will be funded. However, he did say that not unless the Govt releases theirs first before the Coalition will release theirs!

      Being liked by the electorate is another added way for the Opposition Leader to become PM. He is not leaving anything out!

    • Hans Andersen says:

      12:12pm | 01/02/13

      I agree with you totaly. If nasty things are said often enough people will come to believe they are true. Of course he is concerned about what people think of him. He wants to be prime minister for goodness sake.

    • Rolls Canardly says:

      11:22am | 01/02/13

      Speaking of political theatre: What’s doing with the spectacles?
       
      Surely she doesn’t think the new Bookish Juliar version is going to be any more popular than each of the others that have gone before.
       
      Trustworthiness runs a little deeper than a wafer-thin effort to appear more so, or is THIS what it has come to for the ALP under Gillard?

    • Ken Oath says:

      11:32am | 01/02/13

      Anyway what is it with the new look Julia? Has McTernan told her she’ll look more credible and believable if she poses as your local librarian?

    • Fiona A says:

      11:49am | 01/02/13

      Psss, She is hoping that yiou don’t realize it is the real julia, instead meet the New Real julia.

    • demi says:

      12:05pm | 01/02/13

      Perhaps she’s giving the intellectual lightweights a chance to have their say about something?

    • Zack says:

      12:40pm | 01/02/13

      Very funny.

      Becareful you might be defaming her and get in trouble naughty, naughty.

    • Ken Oath says:

      12:44pm | 01/02/13

      demi meaning half. That was funny!

    • Kika says:

      11:52am | 01/02/13

      Well, now Tony has a few months to get some policies together.
      It will be a dark day for Australia if Tony wins.
      Get ready for our George W.

    • Jenny says:

      01:29pm | 01/02/13

      His only policy is to be elected at any cost than claim that he has a mandate to screw the people the same way as Julia did it with the carbon tax.

    • Chillin says:

      02:47pm | 01/02/13

      Looking forward to it.

      Spending billions we don’t have, will stop.
      Handfuls of money for the welfare class, will stop.
      They will attempt to balance the budget instead of saying they will till they day before it’s due and admitting we lied all along.
      People might actually have to work for a living.

    • DOB says:

      12:23pm | 01/02/13

      Hmmm, bit of a logical error there Mr Benson. The libnats are still not going to know when the PM is going to go to the governor general for the election writs. So they are still not going to be in a position to get their postal vote stuff out first. If the government has given up any advantage in that then it is a pretty slim one. Also its interesting that this is apparently all you can come up with on the “disadvantage” side - for all the bally hoo it doesnt seem theres much lost for the ALP by doing this while the gain of getting a bit less silly commentary would seem to be worth it. Although judging by this article you fellows in the media feel the need to at least get some silly commentary off your chests. But at least its 9 months out and wont be clogging up the PM’s election campaign messages, so - again - It seems like this is a good decision from the ALP’s point of view. Then again, anything that robs you fellows in the media of an excuse for your own navel gazing on irrelevant stuff (like this) has got to be a win for democracy in Australia.

      Ok, you can go back to discussing policies for the next 9 months Mr Benson - at least until you get distracted by the next shiny little bauble that catches your attention, . Here, chook chook chook….

    • Gordon says:

      12:39pm | 01/02/13

      umm, it’s only “the torture of an 8 month election campaign” because the chatterati want one. Since when does knowing a date automatically make a campaign?  The date of the 2020 US election will be Tuedsay the 3rd of November. Gee. Does that make the whole next 8 years a campaign? This whole thing is politics freaks worrying that they won’t last 8 months of onansim, and in the words of Kevin bloody Wilson, it’ll be over before it begins.

    • aka anon says:

      01:34pm | 01/02/13

      Charges against Thompson won’t be decided until election has been decided. Therefore he wouldn’t need to resign and no by election would be held. It’s bad timing at worst and the likelihood of Thompson and Slipper retaining their seats after the election is virtually nil.

    • Zack says:

      02:40pm | 01/02/13

      He might become bankrupt and of course the game will be back on!

    • Chris says:

      06:34pm | 01/02/13

      But the thing is the actual court case could well be running at the time of the election campaign with breathless reporting each day on the latest revelations… this will be more damaging politically than an actual verdict.

    • Resident Liberal Stooge of The Punch says:

      01:52pm | 01/02/13

      It’s all Gillards fault because I say so!!!!

    • ZSRenn says:

      02:31pm | 01/02/13

      acotrel and Christian Real must be at Labor HQ trying to work out how they are ever going to get out of this mess! 

      I think Tony Abbott would have to ride his pushbike down George Street in Sydney naked yelling “Do you want a lift?” to lose this election

    • james says:

      03:29pm | 01/02/13

      No renny, if he used you to help Australians understand his policies then he would definately lose the election.

      Direct action to name one of them.

    • K^2 says:

      04:46pm | 01/02/13

      Julia Gillard - The Two of Swords in this photo.  This is a seriously symbolic photo.  Her jacket with 2 symbolic swords on it. Yellow shoes in the background, a crescent moon in the bookshelf behind her. 

      What external pressure is she closing herself off from? What is she blind to(hence the need for glasses!!)?  The mind is often conflicted in life with decisions. Is she possibly meditating to release the burdens of the mind and accessing a deeper place for clarity? Is she actively achieving inner tranquility? In her stillness has she achieved peace between two opposing ideas finding a common juncture she can hold?  Since the scales of justice are not present the cause of the concern itself may still not be fully clear, and must be pondered.  The decision to be made must be thought through carefully weighing the pros and cons. There is more than one side to the issue that must be considered. She is sits alone in this card. The decision is hers to make. She may also conflicting thoughts and feelings deep within about herself she may not always like to look at which she is trying to resolve and find a balance in. Both aspects of the mind are brought together. The right brain (creative) and left brain (logical) points of view are considered.  Within the complexity of duality, is unity of the mind – symbolized by the woman between the two swords.

      If the news media would start listening to me on the amount of occultic rubbish these ‘leaders’ are into we’d start to break down the lies.  These are NOT my beliefs, but they are the beliefs of those in power, hidden from sight in these veiled messages and symbolic imagery.

    • marley says:

      06:17pm | 01/02/13

      Well, to be honest, I expect she just had enough of contact lenses, and got glasses instead.  Good choice, BTW.  I did the same thing at a similar age.

    • 226 days to go says:

      05:34pm | 01/02/13

      226 days to go ! Labor will win the federal election easily ~!

    • Terence of Wollongong says:

      06:53pm | 01/02/13

      There is only two possible explanations why she called the election now:
      1. to give everybody a look at her new glasses.  Don’t be dismissive.  Everything to her is about a headline - screw governing; or
      2. She knew Thompson was about to be arrested and wanted to head off calls for a bi-election or a general election.  To those that are saying “did she know?” I say p.l.e.a.s.e.  Thompson was informed in writing to hand himself by the NSW police pre-Christmas.  He kept that to himself - yea that’s right.
      Either way it was a sneaky move - that’s her strong suit.

 

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Tim says:

They should update other things in the game too. Instead of a get out of jail free card, they should have a Dodgy Lawyer card that not only gets you out of jail straight away but also gives you a fat payout in compensation for daring to arrest you in the first place. Instead of getting a hotel when you… [read more]

From: A guide to summer festivals especially if you wouldn’t go

Kel says:

If you want a festival for older people or for families alike, get amongst the respectable punters at Bluesfest. A truly amazing festival experience to be had of ALL AGES. And all the young "festivalgoers" usually write themselves off on the first night, only to never hear from them again the rest of… [read more]

Gentle jabs to the ribs

Superman needs saving

Superman needs saving

Can somebody please save Superman? He seems to be going through a bit of a crisis. Eighteen months ago,… Read more

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