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Itís not whether you win or lose : Comments

By Graham Young, published 27/7/2010

Julia Gillard is going to win. But that doesnít mean that Tony Abbott canít be a winner too.

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Looks like this article was written before the latest polls that indicate the election result is leaning Labor's way but not much more.

It seems to me that the Labor campaign people are doing their level best to lose this election. Julia Gillard is Labor's best asset by far, yet they have reduced her to slogans. She is great when she's being Julia, but what we are getting instead is this wind-up doll spouting rehearsed lines. She's been a great debater in the past, yet in this campaign she has squibbed it on climate change and now on population as well. And $2000 for your old clunker - what is she, a used car salesman now? She has even let the demise of Kevin Rudd become an issue that should never have been. The guy was a pr*ck so what she did was a good thing. Instead, she's gone all coy about it. The Libs should be toasting the ALP campaign organisers every night.

The real Julia Gillard can win this election comfortably. She should sack her campaign advisers and be herself.
Posted by huonian, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 10:24:16 AM
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Unfortunately many Australians don't worry to much about their credit card debt until its to late. It is fun having a totally irresponsible spending spree and it will more than likely take another term and much more debt before people wake up to the fact that their are no free lunches.
Posted by runner, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 11:02:05 AM
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Huonian observes of Julia Gillard:

"She's been a great debater in the past,
yet in this campaign she has squibbed it
on climate change and now on population
as well. And $2000 for your old clunker -
what is she, a used car salesman now?"

Apropos acquiring the old clunkers, I somehow don't think this will be seen as a good look in terms of a direct trade-off:

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/finance/20100726-solar-sector-furious-after-gillard-robs-industry-to-fund-new-cash-for-clunkers-deal.html

Without knowing the relative significance or effectiveness of the respective funding deployments, one would have to think this sends a signal out of all proportion to what, if anything, could be achieved thereby, a signal guaranteed to put those concerned about sustainability of energy sources right off side. I would have thought such to be predominantly erstwhile intending Labor voters. Not brilliant.
Posted by Forrest Gumpp, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:12:18 PM
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I agree that Labor will retain Government; but only because Australians have to be dragged down to rock bottom before they get the message. Gillard Labor will certainly give them the message over the next three years. With the aid Ė and the insistence, if enough idiots second preference them Ė of the Greens, Gillard Labor will continue with hikes in prices; hikes in population; hikes in illegal entry, and a general running down of the economy with a boosting of debt.

In three years time, even the Left-wing media will be saying that ĎLabor must go.Ē

So dense are Australian voters that the first term of this Labor Government hasnít been enough punishment and deprivation for them; they need even more abuse before the will get the message.
Posted by Leigh, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 1:53:56 PM
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I'm not really fussed what the 2-party preferred polls say. My gut feeling is that swinging voters vote, rightly or wrongly, for who they want to be Prime Minister. Tony Abbott has a lot of catching up to do if that is the case.
Posted by Phil Matimein, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 2:02:37 PM
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Phil Matimein

My "gut feeling" tells me the race for PM would be a lot closer had the Liberals retained Malcolm Turnbull. However, the remnants of Howard's regime couldn't deal with the idea of someone even remotely left of their ideology.
Posted by Severin, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 2:24:32 PM
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