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Election over, now a political ad round up

DaveW

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That pack of wally's over the ditch (Australia) just finished their national election (with a result that would no doubt scare the bejesus out of the average sepo)

the two main big parties were very heavily into attack ads this time around, well more so than normal for the rabid hyena's that dominate Aussie politics!

In the last week the parties broke new records in advertising spending, $30 mill for the last week!!
I guess the TV and advertising agencies will be having some mammoth lunches for the next while! :rolleyes:

The Liberal party seemed to be in no mood to pull punches with this one aired in Queensland during the last week...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CeqG-MkpsbA&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CeqG-MkpsbA&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="640" height="385"></embed></object>

Kinda makes the Labour parties atack ad against the right wing Tony Abbott (AKA the mad monk as he is an ex catholic priest prone to wearing speedos in public)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/tLM1js9CKhQ&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/tLM1js9CKhQ&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="640" height="385"></embed></object>


But for Aussie larikins the savior of the election is the ad's produced by the Australian sex party......:weee::thumb:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/tdEVVW_ahnE&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/tdEVVW_ahnE&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="640" height="385"></embed></object>
 

stevew

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the sex party couldn't find better looking lesbians for their commercial?

"express your sexuality however you choose and with whoever you choose..."

gateway to sheep shagging.
 
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BikeMike

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When the Center-Left government is the one that's censoring the internet and cracking down on civil liberties, I'm surprised that anyone bothered to vote at all...
Voting in Federal elections in Australia is compulsory. (There's a fine for citizens who don't vote, ~$20.)
 

valve bouncer

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Feb 11, 2002
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Voting in Federal elections in Australia is compulsory. (There's a fine for citizens who don't vote, ~$20.)
Voting has been compulsory in Australia since before the war. I haven't voted since 1996* as I'm not enrolled and if you give them even the semblance of a good excuse you won't be fined but I really have no problem with requiring people to have at least a minimum amount of participation in the democratic process.
*If you have been overseas for longer than three years and are currently not on the electoral roll, then you are not eligible to enrol or vote.*
F*ck. Disenfranchised bitch!
 

BikeMike

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I'm in love with this idea actually. I wish we'd do something like that in the states. How does it work with employers? I assume you guys have just one voting day?
I'm not really qualified to answer--being on a working visa, I don't get to vote (in Australia)--but it seems that voting occurs on Saturdays, which alleviates many of the potential employment conflicts. It's also possible to "vote by mail" if you come up with any sort of reason why it would be inconvenient for you to make a trip to the polls.

I get the impression that most of the apathetic people are still apathetic, despite participating. On the other hand, it's not a bad thing to have voter participation above fifty or sixty something percent.
 

valve bouncer

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Always on Saturdays. You can vote in any polling booth (absentee vote) and by post. Participation rate is 95% or so, the other 5% being pricks like me. Bastards I'm gonna enrol next time I go back to Australia, what are they gonna do, charge me with voting?
 

dante

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Feb 13, 2004
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I'm in love with this idea actually. I wish we'd do something like that in the states. How does it work with employers? I assume you guys have just one voting day?
What, we don't have enough mouth-breathing retards currently voting who have no clue what's *actually* going on, or are brainwashed by Foxnews and other scaremongers? Fvck, I'd go the other way, you have to pass a basic current events test before your vote gets counted. Something as simple as "Did President Bush or President Obama pass TARP" would weed out the dumber 48% of Americans...
 

Silver

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What, we don't have enough mouth-breathing retards currently voting who have no clue what's *actually* going on, or are brainwashed by Foxnews and other scaremongers? Fvck, I'd go the other way, you have to pass a basic current events test before your vote gets counted. Something as simple as "Did President Bush or President Obama pass TARP" would weed out the dumber 48% of Americans...
I bet that question at this point in time would have a correct answer rate of less than 30%.
 

Pesqueeb

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Feb 2, 2007
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Riding the baggage carousel.
What, we don't have enough mouth-breathing retards currently voting who have no clue what's *actually* going on, or are brainwashed by Foxnews and other scaremongers? Fvck, I'd go the other way, you have to pass a basic current events test before your vote gets counted. Something as simple as "Did President Bush or President Obama pass TARP" would weed out the dumber 48% of Americans...
I see what your saying and to some point I agree, but I think the dems would come out way ahead on mandatory voting. Think about it this way, the frothers are GOING to vote because they are tired of the Bolshevik Muslim ruining Freedom® and forcing socialism down their throats. Democrats typically do better among the young and minorities, who are also the groups that are least likely to vote. I think in this next election cycle you'll see registered Republitards turn out in greater number than dems because of the anti-incumbent stirrings and general paranoia. Plus mid term elections always have much smaller voter turn outs that typically favor republicans. Personally I can't see as how mandatory voting wouldn't make this country more progressive. The current events test is a good idea too.
 

I.van

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Apr 15, 2007
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Example #4,328 as to why Parliamentary systems SUCK. Bookmarked for the next time someone starts whining about eliminating the 2-party system in the US...
Ha.

The crux of the problem is the inflexibillity of 96% of representatives (in this case) due to their allegiances to 2 parties. The last time we had a minority federal government in Australia was around WWII, since then we have had majority governments, which hasn't been good democracy as far as I'm concerned, because nearly all of them never had popular support.

I gotta say I'm pretty happy with the way the result of this election is panning out.
 

dante

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I gotta say I'm pretty happy with the way the result of this election is panning out.
Uh.....

Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie has thrown his support behind Labor despite a $1 billion coalition offer to build a new hospital in Hobart.

Mr Wilkie said Labour's offer - of $A100 million upfront and negotiations for further money - was more responsible and the coalition had not explained where it would get the funds.
So a billion dollars of taxpayer money as a bribe to get a coalition is a *good* thing? Jeez, I thought our political system was corrupt...
 

valve bouncer

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So a billion dollars of taxpayer money as a bribe to get a coalition is a *good* thing? Jeez, I thought our political system was corrupt...
No-one batted an eye-lid, Australia has more money than they know what to do with. It's got to the point where money ceases to have meaning. See this;
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/mining-boom-forces-key-workers-into-desperate-housing-situation-20100903-14svl.html
$10,000 a month in the desert and people hot-bunking. I'd call it a bubble (it is) but they just recorded the 19th straight year of positive economic growth with no signs of stopping. In another decade Australia will be the richest country in the world.
 

I.van

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Uh.....



So a billion dollars of taxpayer money as a bribe to get a coalition is a *good* thing? Jeez, I thought our political system was corrupt...
Yeah, which didn't happen. Now we have a situation where the 2 major parties can't just push through any legislation they want, without it first being scrutinized by someone independent. That's a win.

In the past, when a party has had a majority, legislation has certainly been passed that hasn't been in the national interest, but more likely in the parties interest.

It should also be noted from anyone looking from the outside looking in, that most of the independents are representatives of electorates that have been neglected for some time. Any bribes they are offered for support, were probably long overdue anyway.
 

valve bouncer

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It should also be noted from anyone looking from the outside looking in, that most of the independents are representatives of electorates that have been neglected for some time. Any bribes they are offered for support, were probably long overdue anyway.
You're bloody kiddin' right? Tony Windsor is the member for New England for Christ's sake, Ian Sinclair's former personal fiefdom. More money up there than a dog's got fleas.
 

dante

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Awesome.

Labor will dedicate $800 million ($NZ1 billion )to a priority regional infrastructure program, while $573 million of the regional infrastructure fund will be spent with the guidance of regional development officers.

Ms Gillard said those commitments came on top of Labor's general commitment to the $6 billion regional infrastructure fund and the telly-health and building better cities programs outlined during the election campaign.

"In total this means, for regional Australia, they can look forward to benefits in the order of $9.9 billion," she said.
So total cost is an additional $1.4b (Aussie) paid as a bribe and then every bill or decision the government has to make gets run through Australia's version of a lunatic rural candidate before it can be passed.

Yeah, I'd say that's a triumph of democracy right there....
 
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I.van

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Awesome.



So total cost is an additional $1.4b (Aussie) paid as a bribe and then every bill or decision the government has to make gets run through Australia's version of a lunatic rural candidate before it can be passed.

Yeah, I'd say that's a triumph of democracy right there....
Rob Oakshott and Tony Windsor are the two country independents that the government will have to work with to pass bill, and I oibserve them as two of the most sensible politicians we have.

You seem to be trying to make a huff about nothing, and without understanding the circumstances.
 

I.van

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You're bloody kiddin' right? Tony Windsor is the member for New England for Christ's sake, Ian Sinclair's former personal fiefdom. More money up there than a dog's got fleas.
Your living in the past man. Ian Sinclair lost that seat 11 years ago in 1999...

Regardless of New England, Kennedy has certainly been ignored for a long time.
 
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