Politics

A letter sent, a disappointment received.

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While I was distracted from the whole blogging thing, something did actually get me hacking at the keyboard on something that wasn't code. That was the metadata laws and the actions of the Labor party in allowing them to pass through with a few amendments that in the long run are going to be meaningless.

So I hacked out an email to my local federal member Stephen Jones (which I've included below).

Re Fires and the Cause of Fires

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Okay, I'm tired, cranky and still trying to shake the lingering after effects of a migraine, however I think this needs to be posted further than the facebook post I splashed it on in reference to the idea that "greenies" claim that Climate Change will be the direct cause of fires therefor they're stupid because everyone knows that's not true so there nya nya!

Do unto others

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Lo and it did come to pass that that which had been foretold happened.

Throsby - a quick catchup

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Last time I blogged I spoke about the current stoush occuring in my Federal seat of Throsby between the left and right factions of the Labor party over who was going to be the next Labor candidate (and most likely member).

Well, the final showdown is going to happen on the 15th of June, with the current encumbent Stephen Jones going up against the contender and son of a former state mp, John Rumble.

Throsby - you can tell it's a safe labor seat

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The federal seat that I live in - Throsby - is by all accounts a very safe Labor seat. Since it was created in 1984 it has been held by Labor. The current encumbent, former union secretary Stephen Jones retained the seat at the last election with 62% of the vote after preferrences were distributed. If the expected votergeddon happens in September Throsby will be on of the few seats that Labor retains.

Which of course means that it is a treasure to be made safe against the on coming tide of voter dissent.

Dear Western Sydney you're not alone

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This week is going to be full of Western Sydney. Both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition are tramping around the area trying to convince the voters in a number of marginal seats that their team would be the best for the area, waving vague promises of jobs, laura norder and much needed infrastructure.

The derp is already knee deep

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Well we're only a couple of weeks into the official unofficial election campaign and already the derp is knee deep. I can confidently predict that by the time the actual poll rolls around, we're not going to be able to get to a polling station due to the fact that we're all going to be trapped in a great steaming layer of derp several miles deep.

Let's have a look at some of the highlights of the past two weeks shall we?

Virtual Caretaker Mode derp

Liberal Party: Comparing being gay to bestiality is ill disciplined

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Look, it's very simple, according to Tony Abbott, his (now former) parliamentary secretary Cory Bernadi was being ill disciplined when he said that allowing gay marriage would inevitably and irrevocabbly lead to men marrying their dogs/horses/cats/stick insects.

Ill disciplined.

Not wrong, not offensive, not even a little wrong headed.

Ill disciplined.

Roxon goes to Youtube to make her case

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The Australian Attorney General - Nicola Roxon, has just recently posted a video on the Youtubes to try and explain what it is she and the various law enforcement and security offices are asking for.

Illawarra Labor Party: Who cares about the election, I want the seat!

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Like sands through the freaking hour glass, so the Illawarra Labor party continues to rip itself a new one.

First a little background.

Back in 2010, former union president Stephen Jones was parachuted into the seat of Throsby to replace the departing former ACTU president Jeannie George (who had been parachuted in to the seat in 2001). All of this parachuting was as a result of a deal between the left and right factions of the Labor party, which gave the right access to certain seats in exchange for the left to have control over Throsby.