So, there's a new man at the helm. Johnny & Co finally got up enough people's noses to give a decisive swing to the left and it's not hard to list the issues; Tampa, Iraq, Kyoto etc. At the end of the day it didn't take a great deal to turn the tide in favour of New Leadership, Kevin 07, whatever you want to call it. A colleague commented that the Government needed to be taught a lesson - I'm just not convinced that the country needed to be taught a lesson as well.
At the end of the day I voted National because my Labor candidate is/was an arrogant prat and I've never seen much evidence that the Labor party has ever been remotely concerned about the inhabitants of rural Australia. So, what's a former member of the Labor party doing voting National ? If I thought the Union movement was even remotely concerned about the disadvantaged, the disabled and the environment I might have thought a bit more about voting Labor but, let's be honest, they're as self-interested as any other grouping, more so perhaps. Crying poor in these days of near full employment and relatively low inflation and interest rates (compared to the Hawke & Keating years) is a sad and pathetically feeble echo of the days when union representation actually served a purpose. It's a very, very long time since I heard a community minded thought from a Unionist that wasn't prompted by blatant self-interest.
In other news, the seat of Townsville looks like it has gone to George Colbran, the wealthy owner of a handful of MacDonalds franchises. I'm staggered that someone who has so obviously profited from the sweat of cheap, child-labour could have been allowed to become a Labor candidate. Moral - it's easy to claim socialist tendencies when you're comfortably well off and all bets are off when he Labor party goes looking for high-profile candidates.
I await Kevin's policy implementations with interest. With the money I'll save because interest rates aren't going to go up anymore I'll be able to afford a Teach Yourself Mandarin course. Life's good.
Actually I'm bloody worried. I just bought an investment property and I can remember when interest rates were 17% and, as a republican with a long memory, I'm very unhappy about the prospect of Malcolm Turnbull becoming leader of the Liberals. Oi, Kev, what are you going to do about the Republic ?