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    Australia PM calls elections

    Australia PM calls elections


    Gillard took over as prime minister from Kevin Rudd last month
    [Reuters]

    The Australian prime minister has called elections for August 21.

    Julia Gillard met Quentin Bryce, the governor-general, in Canberra on Saturday to seek permission to call polls, saying it would allow Australians to choose their prime minister.

    "Today I seek a mandate from the Australian people to move Australia forward," Gillard told a news conference in announcing the elections.

    Gillard, 48, said she was honouring a pledge to seek election by the people when she became Australia's first woman prime minister three weeks ago after toppling her predecessor Kevin Rudd in a party coup.

    Thorny issues

    The polls are expected to be fought over policies on economic management, climate and border protection.

    Gillard took over from Rudd on June 24 as the ruling Labor party faced electoral defeat over a series of unpopular decisions by Rudd's government, and has been frantically clearing the decks of the thorny issues.


    Border protection, economic and climate policies, are set to be key battle grounds

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    The former deputy to Rudd recently announced a policy on how to handle an influx of boat people and also watered down a disputed mining tax that some say ultimately sank Rudd.

    She has enjoyed a polls jump to put Labor narrowly ahead of the Conservative opposition in opinion polls - but has also faced a backlash over plans to outsource the processing of asylum seekers to Pacific nations and about the manner in which she came to power.

    Gillard, who said when she came to power that Rudd's government had lost its way, said she had begun getting it back on track by announcing plans for the regional asylum seeker processing centre and resolving a battle with miners over the now axed super tax.

    "Through doing those things I've demonstrated to the Australian people the kind of way which I will lead the nation," she said on Saturday.

    "This election I believe presents Australians with a very clear choice - the choice is about whether we move Australia forward or go back," Gillard said, adding that "moving forward means moving forward with budget surpluses and a stronger economy".

    But the Conservatives, led by Tony Abbott, need to win only nine seats to form the government with four independents, or 13 seats to take office outright, and Abbott wasted no time on Saturday, saying "we are ready to govern" in a speech focused on jobs.

    "Trust will only be restored by demonstrating, over time, that the coalition again has the steady hands in which people's job security and pay and conditions can once more safely rest," he said.

    Contrasting personalities

    Despite Labor steering the economy through the global financial crisis and avoiding recession, and the government's pledge to return a budget surplus by 2013, opinion polls show voters view the opposition as better economic managers.

    Abbott has led an attack on the government over its A$52bn ($45bn) economic stimulus spending that helped Australia pull through the global economic recession with only a single quarter of mild economic contraction in late 2008.


    Gillard, left, and Abbott present voters with contrasting personalities and policies

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    Abbott told a conservative party meeting in Queensland, a key state to the outcome of the next election, that the government had wasted money and the leadership change from Rudd to Gillard was a "seamless transition from incompetence to incompetence."

    "The people of Queensland won't be conned by a prime minister who is now running to the polls before she has established her credentials to lead our nation," Abbott said.

    While voters will be given policy choices, they will also face two contrasting personalities in Abbott and Gillard.

    Abbott is a pugnacious and socially conservative Catholic, who once trained for the priesthood, and is opposed to same sex marriages and abortions.

    Gillard does not believe in God, is unmarried but has a long-time partner, and is childless.

    Chris Bowen, the financial services minister, said it would be "a tight election".

    "I think it will go down to the wire."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Abbott is a pugnacious and socially conservative Catholic, who once trained for the priesthood, and is opposed to same sex marriages and abortions.
    Jolly good show
    bound to be popular down under

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    Good to hear it is on the 21st as I should be in bangkok and should be able to get down to the embassy to vote her out of office.

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    I always found Julia Gillard a tedious drone as a speaker but in the past year she seems to have improved.

    However, I will still be voting for my very own local member, the mad monk himself, Mr. Abbott.


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    ^ Those two should marry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    ^ Those two should marry.
    Fvck. How pathetic. This type of 'choice' seems to be universal within all democratic elective process' worldwide. The narrow and continuing pattern of decent candidates, that aren't whores to the special interest and specific agendas, is quite startling and goes unquestioned. Whatever happened to civil servants that put the population's interest first and foremost.

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    Memock and looper, hopefully the rest of the Aussie public are as bright as you guys, and vote the carpet munching commie fanta pants out of office.

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    There is something a bit dodgy about Australia electing an ex-priest as PM though.

    Give Hawkey another go- he was in the Guinness book of records for drinking the fastest yard of ale.

    Whilst a Rhodes scholar- so not all education goes to waste.

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    no we don,t hate you, we just don,t want you here..


    now as far as the vote goes, not much of a choice, he ias a bloody worry with bloody extremist relegious views and her..well ferkin useless comes to mind, so i guess old bob browns crew will get my vote

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    Fooking ellll........

    I'm gunna vote for the fuglier party.

    I think the ears has it by a nose!

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    ^ do you still vote in Oz mate?
    I haven't voted since the 1980's.

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    Do the right thing and go back to direct rule from the mother land

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    Interesting to see how the defenders of democracy make their voting decisions:

    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    However, I will still be voting for my very own local member, the mad monk himself, Mr. Abbott.
    ...mates, and all that, I take it...?

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    I'm gunna vote for the fuglier party.

    I think the ears has it by a nose!
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Give Hawkey another go- he was in the Guinness book of records for drinking the fastest yard of ale.

    Whilst a Rhodes scholar- so not all education goes to waste.

    ...and my favorite, from Mr. "it's all about democratic principles and true democracy" himself:

    Quote Originally Posted by jojo333 View Post
    Do the right thing and go back to direct rule from the mother land
    'nuff said.

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    I will only vote for Abbott if he teams up with Costello again.

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    Its just so unfortunate that they feel the need to inform the "governor general", whoever that clown might be.
    One of these days the Australia nation will grow some balls and leave home.
    Until then merely a sidekick.
    Can't argue with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedwalk View Post



    no we don,t hate you, we just don,t want you here..


    now as far as the vote goes, not much of a choice, he ias a bloody worry with bloody extremist relegious views and her..well ferkin useless comes to mind, so i guess old bob browns crew will get my vote
    i think u hit the nail on the head there ned

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Abbott is a pugnacious and socially conservative Catholic, who once trained for the priesthood, and is opposed to same sex marriages and abortions.
    Jolly good show
    bound to be popular down under
    THE HELL IT IS! - Australia can only hope enough voters believe in what's best for the country and forget about the 2 party preferred system.
    I wouldn't vote for the Chook or the Rabbit - I only hope enough people register a protest vote and we get some political sanity back asap?

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    Why is she calling elections?

    Why not simply send the army out onto the street, and sit tight.

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    The Mission Statement

    The Australian Sex Party is a political response to the sexual needs of Australia in the 21st century. It is an attempt to restore the balance between sexual privacy and sexual publicity that has been severely distorted by morals campaigners and prudish politicians.

    Tolerance of sexual free speech and sexual expression is one of the main hallmarks of free and democratic nations. Intolerance of these qualities is one of the hallmarks of autocracies, dictatorships and theocracies.

    The vast majority of Australians are relaxed and tolerant of a broad spectrum of sexual expression but state and federal governments have increasingly ignored this demographic and pursued policies and legislation that have restricted sexual free speech and expression – often under threat of large fines and even jail sentences.

    The Sex Party is fed up with wowserism in Australian parliaments. It is frustrated by the lip service paid to gender equality and sexual identity by the major parties when real and meaningful law reform stalls on factionalism and behind the scenes handshakes with religious leaders.

    The Party has registered with the Australian Electoral Commission and has signaled its intention to field candidates at all levels of government over the coming years.

    The Policies
    Censorship
    • Bring about the establishment of a truly national classification scheme which includes a uniform non-violent erotica rating for explicit adult material for all jurisdictions and through all media including the Internet and computer games.
    • Introduce an R and X rating for computer games
    • To overturn mandatory ISP filtering of the Internet and return Internet censorship to parents and individuals.
    • We oppose the mandatory retention of all Australian users’ internet browsing history and emails by ISPs for at-will inspection by law enforcement agencies, and support strong judicial oversight over the ability of law enforcement to access individuals’ internet and email data.
    Education
    • To bring about the development of a national sex education curriculum as a first step in preventing the sexualisation of children.
    • Development of a national internet education scheme for parents.
    Equality
    • To enact national anti discrimination laws which make it illegal to unfairly discriminate against people or companies on the basis of job, occupation, profession or calling.
    • To bring about equal numbers of women in the Parliament through enabling the Federal Discrimination Act to have jurisdiction extending to political parties.
    • To create total equal rights in all areas of the law for gay, lesbian and transsexuals.
    • Overturn racist laws that ban adults living in and visiting aboriginal communities in the NT from possessing erotic and sexual media.
    • Ensure the sexual rights and freedoms of people with a disability and the elderly.
    Health
    • To enact national pregnancy termination laws along the same lines as divorce law — which allow for legal, no-fault and guilt-free processes for women seeking termination.
    • The listing of Viagra, Cialis and other drugs used to treat sexual dysfunction, on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
    • Overturn restrictions on aid to overseas family planning organisations that reference abortion.
    Protection of Children
    • Convene a Royal Commission into child sex abuse in the nation’s religious institutions.
    • Develop global approaches to tackling child pornography which focus on detection and apprehension of the producers of the material.
    Workplace Relations
    • Ensure that the introduction of paid maternity leave is fair and equitable for small businesses.
    • Abolish sex slavery and sexual servitude by introducing non morality-based immigration policies that allow bona-fide sex workers to work legally in Australia.
    Other
    • Ending the tax exempt status for religions.





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