Shrub to lose another friend?

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by Elmer Gantry, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. Elmer Gantry

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    The current (for the moment) Prime Miniature of Australia is about to lose his "safe" seat of Bennelong in today's election and in so doing, he will become only the second incumbent Prime Minister to do so in Australia's history.

    The last to do so was the Nationalist Party's Stanley Bruce in the 1920's. The following is a (surprisingly accurate) Wikipedia excerpt of his last term in office.

    "He formed an effective partnership with the Country Party leader, Dr Earle Page, and exploited public fears of communism and militant trade unions to dominate Australian politics through the 1920s. Despite predictions that Australians would not accept such an aloof leader, he won a smashing victory over a demoralised Labor Party at the 1925 election. He pursued a policy of vigorous national development and, in foreign affairs, support for the British Empire and the League of Nations.

    Strikes of sugar mill workers in 1927, waterside workers in 1928, then of transport workers, timber industry workers and coal miners erupted in riots and lockouts in New South Wales in 1929. Bruce responded with a Maritime Industries Bill that was designed to do away with the Conciliation and Arbitration Court and return arbitration powers to the States. On 10 September 1929, Billy Hughes and five other Nationalist members joined Labor in voting against the Bill. The Bill was lost 34 votes to 35 when Littleton Groom, the Speaker, abstained, bringing down the Bruce–Page government and sending Australians to the polls in the 1929 election just one year after the Nationalists won the 1928 election. Labor won a landslide victory and Bruce lost his own seat – the only prime minister to have done so."

    Sounds a bit familiar.
     
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    It may come down to postal/asbsentee ballots or has it been declared? Maxine is far better looking than Howard though. Didn't she receive death threats - she must be doing something right!

    I thought Rudd (with the US alliance being key to ALP's 'three pillars' approach) was in favour of (non combat) Australian troops continuing to be deployed in Iraq (and, indeed Afghanistan too) he also defended Israel's right to self defence in 2006 - Wouldn't these be steps toward being a new freind of our favourite foliage?

    That said, he pledged to sign Kyoto (for what that's worth these days) and insist that future treaties limit the emissions of industrialised nations - so that's sure to irk our leafy pal. He appears to be a devout man, and seems to grant a voice to religious groups on policy issues - so maybe that will save the day in the greenery appreciation stakes.

    No offence to the global significance of Australian political influence intended but I doubt it's something he will loose sleep over either way.

    Finally, congratulations on the election of your 26th PM, whomever his friends may turn out to be.
     
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    When the Green backed Labour party starts getting choosy about who we sell our uranium too they'll take notice. We do have a near monopoly on that at present.

    The ALP really got in on the back of the Greens preference votes. It's going to be hard for Krudd to ignore them and they are very vocal on nuclear issues.
     
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    I just thought it was too hillarious that Scott McClellan rolled over on the Bush administration too. We all have a gut feeling Bush and his cronies were guilty regarding the CIA leak case.
     
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