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Election 2013: Day 17 (or, not quite a jocular conversation)

August 21, 2013 - 20:32 -- Admin

A very quick post tonight. I had a pretty hectic day delivering a speech on social media to public servants, which meant I was away from my desk for about 4 hours and I have a stack of other writing to get done (writing that people pay me to do!)

The debate at Brisbane tonight was very good. A real debate in fact.

Next week at Rooty Hill, Sky were planning to do another people’s forum like they had in 2010 – one leader at a time.

Election 2013: Day 11 (or, my thought bubble is more concrete than yours)

August 15, 2013 - 22:09 -- Admin

And so today Kevin Rudd hoped on a plane and went north with a plan. He was the man with a plan. And being a man with a plan in a plane heading north is a good thing.

Unfortunately it seems the plan was something he only bothered to come up with on the actual plane flight.

He, like Tony Abbott before him, saw a vision of a new North – a north that is going to tap into the growing middle class of China.

All good. So what is he going to do about it?

Election 2013: Day 10 (or, I’m 70% confident there’s a preference for bias)

August 14, 2013 - 20:47 -- Admin

One of the more interesting things is to watch where candidates campaign. In 2007 in the last week Kevin Rudd surprised many when he turned up in Cairns which is in the seat of Leichardt. The sitting member, Warren Entsch was retiring and the ALP thought it had a chance to win. And win it did – with a 14% swing to take the seat.

In 2010 Entsch came back and he re-took the seat with an 8% swing and he currently holds it with a 4.6% margin.