“The (Abbott) government’s narrative is that they haven’t been able to do anything… There’s a negative story attached to the government. They must somehow shift the momentum. The mould will be set if they don’t do something soon and they will have a really, really hard time — and most likely will lose the next election.”
We’ve had two former Prime Ministers do newsworthy interviews in late September, within the same week.
I would have thought the media would have spread them (a week?) apart for maximum impact, but the media seem to love a good adversarial matching – Liberal vs Labour – at any opportunity.
As Frocktober (and a very busy October) draws to a close, I am reflective.
This October was a challenging month – I house-sat multiple times, had two sitting weeks at work, organised a birthday party. Continue reading
I was trawling the internet today and came across the following article:
AN OPEN LETTER: TO THE PARENTS OF THE VICTIMS MURDERED BY ELLIOT RODGER
By Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher
3 Liberal, 1 Palmer United, 1 Green, and 1 ALP candidates all walk into a Red Room.
Meet Your Senators!
I had a bit of an argument with my parents about Tony Abbott the other day.
I argued at the time: Tony Abbott isn’t, in my personal opinion, an impressive statesman. After so long as a politician, he should have a better grip of diplomacy, personal image and the way he carries himself. I.e. Indonesian phone hacking scandal.
Barack Obama’s speech at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial service:
….watching it, I got the sense that it was more than just one for the ages. I liked it.
It had all the oratory hallmarks of Obama gold — tactical and extended pausing, eye contact, vocal crescendo peppered with the odd hand gestures. I had forgotten how piercing his eyes were, he seemed almost emotional at times — drawing long breaths as if to contain emotion at one or two points. He seemed quite moved.
These are my highlights and lowlights from his speech:
I’ve decided to do a little bit of research for my next entry, and I have been shooting this Questionnaire around, feel free to fill it out, send it to friends etc. The more the merrier!
Email it back to : email@example.com
I am really really interested in what people have to say, absolutely anything. So feel free also to email me your thoughts as well!
“Why do you think Gen Y were so disengaged from this election?”
Keep it short and sweet!
Answer the Questions which apply to you J
Any formal/personal political affiliations? [I.e. Member of ALP, Liberal Party, Young Liberals etc]
What was your role in the recent Election? [I.e. Voter/Campaigner/ AEC Work]
Did you observe much media coverage [online, print, radio, TV etc] about the election? Discuss your observations:
In your role at the bygone election, what were some common attitudes you noticed? Specific issues mentioned?
If you worked for an MP/Political Party, did they undertake any specific means to target Gen Y? [18-24 y.os], were they considered a target group at all?
Why do you think Gen Y were disengaged from this election campaign/politics in general?
Describe your social media experience/observations in the lead up and after the election? What are people talking about?
What are your thoughts on this statistic: Only 5% [25 000] of 500 000 18 -24 yo.s registered to vote at this election, the AEC’s Campaign was deemed a failure, what do you think can be done to engage Gen Y better?
People vote for a party leader, not for a local member: TRUE/FALSE
Do you agree or disagree with the possibility of the voting age being raised to 21 again, so young people can make a more informed vote?
If there was a Gen Y-written blog on Politics, International issues and current affairs that you could connect with on Twitter, through Facebook and by email, would you read it and interact with it? [I.e. suggest issues to be written about to the author] and recommend it to your friends? Yes/No
Look forward to getting some responses!