My Two Cents: Can Tony Abbott improve his image mid-term?

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.”

Source: ‘Tony Abbott’s knightmare could be fatal if his government fails to change tack

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What Tony Abbott and Michael Clarke have in common!

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.

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My thoughts on Obama’s speech at Mandela’s Memorial

Barack Obama’s speech at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial service:
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/FULL-TEXT-Obama-honours-Nelson-Mandela-20131210

….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:

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Quick Questionnaire: Why were Gen Y so disengaged form this election?

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 : politicsinflykicks@hotmail.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!

QUICK QUESTIONNAIRE

“Why do you think Gen Y were so disengaged from this election?”

Keep it short and sweet!
Answer the Questions which apply to you
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First Name:

Occupation/ Age:

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!

– PIK