Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Let the circus begin

And so, the election campaign that we weren't really having is over, and the election campaign we really are having has begun. Now the 'PMS' is over, the real blood-letting will begin.

In case you've missed it, Victoria is now officially in election mode as Premier Steve Bracks this morning asked the Govenor to dissolve Parliament and call the election. The date has been fixed at 25 November for ages now. So what was all that happening before hand? What was all that jockeying and political manouvering and name calling about? Just attempts to make a jaded, bored electorate interested in the political fortunes of the chronically priveliged.

One interesting thing to emerge in this election, though, is the shaping fight between the right-wing Family First party and the Greens. And from what I heard on the radio this morning, it looks like Family First are prepared to play dirty, and that Labor will do prefrence deals with them. It appears the ALP, after giving us
Family First Senator Fielding in the Federal parliament, whom they complain about doing deals with the Howard government, is prepared to hand the balance of power in the new Victorian senate to the same right-wing Christian party.

Beyond this, I really don't think I'm going to follow this election much in this blog. I suggest you follow it on local ABC radio instead. 774 AM is going to do big coverage, by the looks of it.



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