“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: