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57 responses to “Day 1 of the WA State Election…and we're all bored already.”

  1. Frank Calabrese

    Excellent round up of the day’s events. I note on the Ch 7 Coverage that Barnett looked very uneasy being interviewed by Susannah Carr and at the start of the cross when Susannah was introducing him, you could clearly see roll his his eyes thinking “What the Fuck Am I Doing Here” look

    Video evidence here (click on first news item on the screen )

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/-/wa#embedded-video-top

  2. Frank Calabrese

    Hmm, my first post has been caught in the Spaminator:-(

    I should add at this point that the Liberals will have a problem with using Brian Burke because of the simple fact that Noel Chrichton-Browne, Anthony Fels and John Mcgrath, have also been caught upin the web of Burke & Grills.

    Also The Libs would be very loathed not to mention Shirt lifting, Threesomes and Prince Alberts, considering they had as leader a Person who was drunk in the Parliament who engaged in sexual harrasment in the Workplace, and has now been rewarded with possiblt the shadow treasury position.

  3. crankynick

    Agreed, Frank, and I meant to mention the promise made to Buswell in the post.

    Given that Robert Taylor ran that out on Tuesday, it seems likely that Libs gave it to him.

    I suspect Buswell will feature prominently in Labor advertising towards the end of the campaign.

  4. Russell

    Then of course there’s The West Australian newspaper, which seems to me to write most of the script of politics in this state. Having had quite a part to play in destroying the Liberals, they might now turn their attention to the ALP. After all they don’t just report news, they create it – something that looks like a contest is what they’ll want.

  5. Frank Calabrese

    [Then of course there’s The West Australian newspaper, which seems to me to write most of the script of politics in this state. Having had quite a part to play in destroying the Liberals, they might now turn their attention to the ALP. After all they don’t just report news, they create it - something that looks like a contest is what they’ll want.]

    But the funny thing was The West had built up Buswell as the “Golden Boy” of the Liberal Party during the last leadership challenge, only to turn on him once the Merde hit the cooling device re his chair-sniffing and bra-snapping.

    That’s the modus operandi of The West – We’ll support you until you fuck up – then it’s game over.

    Unfortunately, this sad excuse of a paper sets the media agenda of the day.

  6. tony r

    All fair points but here are some alternatives:

    1. Libs have campaign materials (i.e. photos, images) stashed away from last time.
    2. Policy may be not as disastrous as you think – see their website.
    3. Yes, the Olympics sucks the Oxygen out but it also gives the Libs ‘cover’ to organise themselves for the last 10 days when everybody will actually pay attention.
    4. The WA people really hate the Labor government. The $64000 question is whether this hatred exceeds their distrust of Barnett’s rabble. Probably not but the defeat won’t be so bad.
    5. 1 Vote 1 Value will be killing blow; not disarray. Frankly, Labor is as bad as the Libs at the sub-leader level e.g. Radisich, Logan, the Bourke Affair etc etc etc etc.

  7. crankynick

    Then of course there’s The West Australian newspaper, which seems to me to write most of the script of politics in this state. Having had quite a part to play in destroying the Liberals, they might now turn their attention to the ALP. After all they don’t just report news, they create it – something that looks like a contest is what they’ll want.

    I saw Paul Murray speak a few years ago on this subject – before the last election, I think – and his comments were pretty interesting.

    He said he thought Armstrong had overplayed his hand – by running anti-Labor screed on the front page so often, all he’d done was nail his colours to the mast and ensure that the WA public would just switch him off during the campaign proper.

    I think Murray may well be right, and Carpenter has certainly done a pretty reasonable job of casting the West as an anti-Labor paper, at any rate.

    I’m certainly more interested in what the commercial stations have to say than the West, I have to say. I think they have a lot more influence.

  8. Frank Calabrese

    [I’m certainly more interested in what the commercial stations have to say than the West, I have to say. I think they have a lot more influence.]

    Channel 7 will be interesting considering that their former Political Reporter reece Whitby is standing in Morley. while Ch 9′s Dixie Marshall is the daughter of former Liberal Member for Dawesville Arthur Marshall, and Greg Pearce at one stage was a member of the Liberal Party.

  9. vitap

    “The WA people really hte the Labor government”

    Sorry, where is the evidence of this? The last Newspoll (27/06/08) has Carpenter’s approval at 53%, and it hs been as high as 60%. I’d like to see some evidence of the WA people “hating” the Labor government.

  10. Frank Calabrese

    [

    “The WA people really hte the Labor government”

    Sorry, where is the evidence of this? The last Newspoll (27/06/08) has Carpenter’s approval at 53%, and it hs been as high as 60%. I’d like to see some evidence of the WA people “hating” the Labor government.]

    I think he’s basing it on Westpoll, Talkback callers and people who post on Perth Now :-)

    Or precisely this Westpoll :-) Using a sample of 404 voters statewide :-)

    http://www.pollbludger.com/westpoll260708.gif

  11. crankynick

    Certainly the comments page of PerthNow is solidly anti-Carpenter.

    Dunno what that really means,though. Bugger all, I suspect.

  12. Frank Calabrese

    [

    Certainly the comments page of PerthNow is solidly anti-Carpenter.

    Dunno what that really means,though. Bugger all, I suspect.]

    I’d love to see the stats of who is posting from where and see the breakdown of people posting from home, and those from work.

  13. crankynick

    I’d love to see the stats of who is posting from where and see the breakdown of people posting from home, and those from work.

    And how many of the IP addresses correspond to the various party HQs.

  14. Frank Calabrese

    Update from William Bowe over at Pollbludger.

    [Robert Taylor in The West reports the latest Labor polling is “thought to give Labor a nice buffer over the Liberals”, while the Liberal polling that convinced Buswell to go showed Barnett was less recognised than Matt Birney. Elsewhere in the paper, Amanda Banks reports Deidre Willmot “will likely have to put her political career on the backburner”, although she might yet run in a seat where they don’t have a candidate - i.e. one they are unlikely to win]

    http://www.pollbludger.com/?p=908&cp=2#comment-176754

  15. Frank Calabrese

    [And how many of the IP addresses correspond to the various party HQs.]

    Exactly, I’d think you’d find that the Lib ones would match the posts written with talking points and and have Capitals emphasising certain words such as Leader’s names etc :-)

    Ann of WA is a prime example :-)

  16. Mark

    In Quinceland recently, there was a minor scandal when a lot of the votes on a gov’t website public consultation poll came from ministerial staff IPs. But then, an opposition frontbencher’s poll turned out to have a lot of votes from opposition staffers…

    It’s a very old trick for new tech.

    And comments on metropolitan media sites – even if they’re not party astroturf – are probably as good an indicator of public opinion as talkback radio.

  17. Russell

    Interesting, Frank. Just shows how much the Liberals don’t understand – both about what the electorate wants, and about building for the future. If Deidre can’t have Cottesloe, why not “retire” the aged and useless Rob Johnson and give her a good seat. Even if the Libs lose they should want to have some promising people actually in the parliament.

  18. The Worst of Perth

    Cranky Nick. Paul Murray had some interesting comments? No, no, no, you must be thinking of someone else. Murray is one of Australia’s biggest idiots. If he had an interesting comment, he cut and pasted it from someone else. Frank at 5 re Buswell, The West did the same thing to barnett last time. Built him up totally until the canal cock up, then dumped him instantly. In one day as I remember.

  19. Russell

    Yes, and Frank, Troy IS the Liberal Party’s Golden Boy (emphasis on Boy). Who else have they got? He may have to spend a few years trying to look serious, but I suspect there will be a comeback ….

  20. Frank Calabrese

    [Frank at 5 re Buswell, The West did the same thing to barnett last time. Built him up totally until the canal cock up, then dumped him instantly. In one day as I remember.]

    Thanks for reminding me about that LA :-)

    And you’re right about teh Paul – he was pushing for Barnett on his radio show like hell, and I recall on the Friday that their “Mystery Pollster” had the Libs winning by 7 seats or something silly.

  21. Frank Calabrese

    [Yes, and Frank, Troy IS the Liberal Party’s Golden Boy (emphasis on Boy). Who else have they got? He may have to spend a few years trying to look serious, but I suspect there will be a comeback ….]

    And if he was still leader this would’ve been his campaign theme song :-)

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=hTaofNXSWMA

  22. Russell

    The ‘mystery pollster’ – that would be Murray, walking his dog in Allen Park.

  23. Frank Calabrese

    And the WA Libs have their very own Facebook page :-)

    http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=9256860294

  24. the-paris-site

    Worst of Perth is as right as ever about Murray…

    And every time you read PerthNow, you get a little bit dumber. As for the negative posts, surely that’s the knee-jerk reaction to the snap poll, at least in part? They (the Libs) don’t really have a lot else to whinge about, they’re responsible for their own mess.

    I don’t imagine anyone is going to raise any concerns about the truncated timetable in a week, (except maybe people working on the campaigns).

    So another four years of uninspiring, play-it-safe ALP government it will probably be!

  25. Alex Schlotzer

    Sure it was boring and yes there was the predictability factor involved. Although as Antony Green noted it was good timing and wedging re-newed Barnett before he gets momentum. Carpenter has his own problems involving wayward hands and inappropriate behaviour towards women. But since WA seems to be weathering the economic suffering experienced in other states quite well, voters may be inclined to stick with the devil they know instead of one they didn’t like last time.

    The interesting part will be to watch the upper house campaign. The Nationals WA have been vigorously using YouTube in a vane effort to reach out to voters. Their message is entirely about giving them the balance of power in the Westralian upper house. The Greens have been polling strongly but this may not equate to a significant increase in vote.

  26. crankynick

    TWOP, I don’t like admitting it either, but it’s true.

    It was interesting, and it was said by Paul Murray.

    I was even in the same room – I was close enough to notice if it was someone clever wearing a Paul Murray mask.

  27. Kevin Rennie

    I suspect that Carpenter will be less boring with his own mandate. Didn’t detect much worth consideration from the “local political commentators” during 15 months in Broome, including the 2007 election. Perhaps because the West Australian also owns almost all the regional papers as well. At our national broadcaster the ABC, the BC seemed to stand for Ben Cousins.

  28. Andrew B

    A lot of people seem to being casting Barnett as solid, and in some ways he was. Right up until he looked the voters in the eye and said “We’re building the Jesus Ditch to solve our water problems. No matter What!”. Then everyone backed away from the crazy man. Then he stuffed up the costings.

    This time around he’d probably be OK if he put the canal debacle behind him, instead he’s chosen to embrace it, as a vision thing. I think it’s just going to remind people of the crazy.

  29. crankynick

    as a vision thing

    I feel a Sisters of Mercy moment coming on…

    Its a small world town and it smells bad
    Id buy another if I had
    Back
    What I paid
    For another motherfucker in a motorcade

  30. john Ryan

    Hi Frank and all,well the liberal radio station ran a whose the biggest BS poll this morning,I nominated Barnett,one of the breakfast team got very snotty at that,they are also playing a Barmy army song retitled Barnys Army.
    Then we come to Maumill he was laying into Labour as well,and Sattler is off sick or whatever,yes it going to be an interesting election.
    The Media The Worst and 6pt Vs the ALP Govt,I think the liberal party might get a mention but nothing critical of them will be said.

  31. Frank Calabrese

    And the Libs Announce their Shadow Cabinet.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/08/08/2329087.htm

  32. Frank Calabrese

    WA Nationals Rule Out a Coalition.

    [Nationals leader Brendon Grylls has categorically ruled out any coalition with the Liberal Party under his leadership, saying he would pass up a position in Colin Barnett’s Cabinet if the party won the election.

    Mr Grylls told The West Australian yesterday he was not interested in joining forces with city-centric politicians. The aim of the Nationals was to hold the balance of power.

    “I won’t be taking my team of Nationals into a party room dominated by Perth politicians, I don’t mind what political persuasion they are, they are Perth politicians focused on Perth projects,” he said. “I don’t seek coalition — I’m not in discussions, I’m not in negotiations.”]

    http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=77&ContentID=89845

  33. Benedictus

    Mr. grylls is a latter day Old King Cole, except he hasn’t yet realised the tide has already washed over him and his woebegotten agrarian mendicants.

  34. Frank Calabrese

    And Colin’s Canal has been sunk :-)

    [The leader of the Opposition in WA has dumped a controversial idea to build a pipeline to carry water from the Kimberley to Perth.

    Colin Barnett told ABC Stateline the idea was a mistake and that the last State election was basically a referendum on whether it should be built.

    Mr Barnett said the Liberal Party is planning to release its water policy soon but plans for a canal are dead in the water.

    “In that document when the water policy comes out it will not include a canal,” he said. ]

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/08/08/2329629.htm

  35. CK

    Oh well. What can you say? This election is as boring as batshit.

    Carp’s going to win. End of story.

  36. Frank Calabrese

    [Carp’s going to win. End of story.]

    But not according to the readers of The West, Perth Now & Listeners to 6PR – they think old Coln will do a “Howard” :-(

    But Carp’s has claimed a victory with 6PR listeners over the Free Travel for pensioners, and thank whatever deity that it includes those on the DSP like me :-)

  37. Frank Calabrese

    Courtesy of a post at Pollbludger, Check out the studio chatter during the ad break between Jim Waley & Graham Richardson discussing the results of the 1989 State Election. It starts at approx 2.04 mark just after they throw to a commercial break.

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=AZTCQdFAuDI

  38. CK

    “But not according to the readers of The West, Perth Now & Listeners to 6PR – they think old Colin will do a “Howard””

    No doubt, Frank, these are the same idiots who work themselves into a lather about the delusional ravings over on Bolt’s blog.

  39. Ozymandias

    Libs ditch ditch? A canal too far? -trouble is, that was the one Liberal party policy people knew about. There hasn’t been enough clear air in their party room during the last four years for any of their leaders to articulate anything but mutual loathing and distrust. More than half the Lib MPs are stained with Buswell’s skidmark, having three times elected him as the most suitable among them to be the next premier. With a few dull exceptions, Carpenter’s ministers are competent and clean, if lacking in vision, and there have been no major policy disasters. I hope Kevin Rennie’s right about Carpenter switching to vaudeville when he has his own mandate.

  40. Russell

    “Carpenter’s ministers are competent and clean, if lacking in vision, and there have been no major policy disasters.

    Well, the Corruption & Crime Commission has weeded out the ministry – but they have a few more reports to release yet ….

    Ozy – it’s been ALL major policy disasters: howabout Indigenous Affairs? a huge success, but as usual they just dumped the minister and the news cycle moved on. Education is such as success (without mentioning the ‘outcomes-based’ debacle) that if current trends continue it won’t be long ’till the government is only running a primary school system, the secondary will be all private. Health is the most obvious disaster – despite the biggest boom/windfall the state has ever seen we have exactly the problems we had, with only the promise that by 2015 we will have $3 billion of new hospital buildings, but not more beds, nurses or doctors. For a growing and ageing population. The road toll has been a great success, the half-billion dollar black hole called The Office of Shared Services has gone well. The most secretive government in living memory has been criticised by the FOI Commissioner, the Public Sector Standards Commissioner etc – and for their trouble not reappointed and the positions downgraded. I could go on and on and on.

  41. Ambigulous

    Maybe not so boring now the results from the NT election have come in. You have to admire Anthony Green. Last week he was saying the NT Labor govt might lose a few seats, but given its commanding majority, need not be concerned. Now it’s “The NT has always been very conservative.”

    Will you be having some “narrative” with your soup, Madam?

  42. Anna Winter

    Based on the anecdotal evidence, there were a few festivals and big sporting events etc. on the day. Given that there was an apparent turn-out of around 60%, it’s possible that once absentee and postals come in the swing may shrink.

  43. Ambigulous

    True, Anna

    what an amazingly low voter turn out…. :-(

  44. Katja

    My dad Peter Lambert is running as an independant candidate for Kwinana.
    He has been involved in politics for along time. He is a true battler who has strong views about the environment, fair tax distribution, renewable energy creation, law and order enforcement and health and education support.

    Please check out His website for more info.

  45. Darlene

    Just checked out the website of Katja’s father, Peter Lambert.

    Interested to know whether anyone thinks independents will have a strong part to play in the election. In recent years, we’ve seen a few indies become in entrenched in Queensland.

    Not sure about the “battler” line and “the only blue collar candidate” line.

  46. FDB

    He doesn’t seem to have one simple unifying focus to campaign on, which is often what gets independents over the line. That or being very well-known already, or a former sitting member for a party.

    Also, the spelling and grammar could use a touch-up, but then I’m always going to say that. ;)

  47. Mark

    Does he conform to the three para rule, though? ;)

  48. FDB

    Actually, on further reading, the less said about the writing on the website the better. Big chunks seem to have been written by someone else, and make good (if bland and newspaperish) sense, but most of it’s error-ridden.

    Actually, Katja seems to have the skills to help the old man out a bit.

  49. Russell

    Darlene – at least one independent is going to play an important role: Elizabeth Constable. I think it was the Noel Crighton-Browne faction of the Liberal Party that did her out of the preselection that should have been hers – anyway she’s gone on to win election after election. Now, the Libs don’t have any women left in the lower house – Katie Hodson-Thomas resigned when Troy became leader, Janet Woollard came in as a Liberals for Forests independent, and Sue Walker left (perhaps because of previous leaders Buswell & Birney, perhaps because of the lingering influence of Crighton-Browne).

    Then there were the Buswell antics, so the Libs are desperate for an attractive female presence, and Constable has agreed to be in the team (as shadow minister) if not join it (the Liberal Party). I predict there will be many photos of Constable standing next to opposition leader Barnett.

    Kwinana looks like another nasty ALP preselection deal. I think they could have had the mayor of Kwinana – an articulate lawyer, young, attractive and female, but decided to go with a party hack, a disciple of despised power-broker Jim McGinty. Anna perhaps can tell us the story ….

  50. Anna Winter

    The latter half of your comment is fair. Not sure about the former…

  51. Russell

    News update:
    “The Mayor of Kwinana Carol Adams is to run as an independent candidate in the newly-created seat at next month’s state election after being overlooked for Labor Party preselection.Ms Adams has called the process a ‘sham’ after it endorsed the Premier’s prefered candidate former lobbyist Roger Cook, who is not from Kwinana.
    The current Mayor says while she expects a backlash from Labor, she has not decided how she will direct her preferences. Ms Adams says she is not running to get back at the ALP.”

  52. Peter of Pedantry

    Russell,

    these spurned candidates NEVER run to gain revenge. But if they should win, their victory is all the sweeter because the race was run for the purest of motives :-)

  53. Wayne Thompson

    Hello, my name is Wayne Thompson.
    I am a 46 year old, happily married husband, father and Karrinyup resident for some 14 years.

    I am a patriotic West Australian, and an even prouder Australian who loves anything sport related – particularly when Australian’s are involved.

    I like to relate to people from all walks of life, and I communicate well with all of these people in the course of my business activities – day in and day out. The one common and unanimous subject that stands out amongst all these different people when we really get to talking is the fact that right now they are all very, very upset – angry, mad, even incensed about the deplorable way the current State Government (through self-adulation, arrogance, indulgence, inaction and sitting on its hands) has allowed society standards and expectations in this State to disintegrate into the abyss.

    No longer is there a Justice System in W.A. – just the stench of unfairness and inadequacy in a completely illogical Legal System. One that obviously only keeps a select band of barristers happy!

    I regularly take the time to listen, respect, and help the elderly wherever possible.
    How has it seemingly become acceptable in our ‘Boom State’ for some single and widowed pensioners to subsidise part of their meal intake with pet food, just to make ends meet? Anyone left in any doubt about the hardships faced by hundreds of ‘innocents’ in our community these days only have to listen in to 6PR talkback radio to keep abreast with the Real News!

    For as long as I can remember, it has always been my ambition in life to make a difference in whatever I did.
    Not as a ‘silent’ member of the cold party machines’ that are so obviously out of touch, and even more regularly out of control – but as an Independent who can make the others accountable for their actions, as an Independent who can stop the rot and make the others sit up and take notice, and as an Independent who can help return society in W.A. to one where people can feel safe, and genuinely happy with their lot in life.

    When there are no party’s left fit to vote for, its time to stand up and say “Enough is Enough”, and I’ll throw my own hat in the ring. Yes, as an Independent who will listen and act according to a community’s concerns, expectations and ideals, and that time is now!

    Mandatory Sentencing

    If elected, one of my main priorities will be to introduce a private members bill into Parliament to take the sentencing powers (for serious and life-threatening/taking crimes) away from Judges, and implement an immediate Mandatory sentence regime where a crime such as Manslaughter will once again attract a set, and suitable punishment/term of imprisonment. Mandatory sentencing for attacks on Public Officers must also be introduced.

    If the jails are full, then other facilities need to be opened up and utilised/used to house lower-risk prisoners. Serious Crime MUST attract serious time – or the very fabric of respect for law and order will be lost on society, and there is no turning back when that becomes a reality.

    Free Public Transport for Pensioners 24/7

    Daylight Saving

    Until voted otherwise by the public of W.A., the referendum result should rule the day. We are a Democracy, and as such, we should respect and honour the majority vote.

    Extended Trading Hours (including Sunday Trading)

    Having been involved in Small Business since 1995, I have always held the belief that the Business Owner or Proprietor should have the right to decide. Relaxing the trading time rules and restrictions would obviously suit some businesses more than others, some staff more than others, and some customers more than others. So while a decision either way could have serious implications for some or all businesses, I strongly feel that as long as that right is retained and protected, I would not resist any motions to change the existing regulations.

    Ban portable Multa-nova use in metropolitan area

    Another main priority would be to introduce a private members bill banning the use of all portable multa-nova cameras in the immediate metropolitan area. The bill would dictate that the portable multa-nova cameras could only be used on outer country roads – specifically in known and proven ‘death’ trap locations where the legitimate use of the Camera’s could be justified. The bill would dictate that more police would be patrolling the roads, with a far greater focus on driver education.

    In tandem with introducing the Bill banning the use of portable Multa-Nova Camera’s in and around the immediate metropolitan area, I will be recommending, and lobbying support for the immediate shut-down and closure of the Road Safety Council. The Council has consistently failed in its designated agenda to reduce trauma and deaths on our roads. The ‘Towards Zero’ report just presented to the Government outlines plans for the States 12-year Road Safety strategy ahead, and involves spending an EXTRA $2.3 billion dollars moving forward. The documents assertions and estimates cannot be backed up or believed based on previous failures and non-performing campaigns – and therefore the Council should be scrapped in its entirety. The money already allocated plus the recommended funding moving forward should be incorporated into providing more police on the roads, and more police on the beat. This State already suffers from an unacceptable ‘Road Rage’ culture, ever present on our roads – and this has been borne out by the failures of previous Road Safety campaigns over the last decade.

    Having more Police on the road would once again put them in a position to punish bad driving on the spot, and educate errant drivers – our roads would be that much safer as a direct result. Multa-Nova’s when used by stealth have been proven to do nothing, other than raise copious amounts of money for the State Treasury. I am however in favour of fixed camera’s being utilized 24/7 on our Freeways and Highways, and in the Polly Farmer Tunnel. When they are fixed, and you know they are there, they will serve their purpose (for all the right reasons) and people will tend to drive more appropriately – or continue to pay the consequences accordingly. More portable Multa-Nova cameras are not the serious solution – they have simply become a Camera’s could be justified. The bill would dictate that more police would be patrolling the roads, with a far greater focus on driver education.

    In tandem with introducing the Bill banning the use of portable Multa-Nova Camera’s in and around the immediate metropolitan area, I will be recommending, and lobbying support for the immediate shut-down and closure of the Road Safety Council. The Council has consistently failed in its designated agenda to reduce trauma and deaths on our roads. The ‘Towards Zero’ report just presented to the Government outlines plans for the States 12-year Road Safety strategy ahead, and involves spending an EXTRA $2.3 billion dollars moving forward. The documents assertions and estimates cannot be backed up or believed based on previous failures and non-performing campaigns – and therefore the Council should be scrapped in its entirety. The money already allocated plus the recommended funding moving forward should be incorporated into providing more police on the roads, and more police on the beat. This State already suffers from an unacceptable ‘Road Rage’ culture, ever present on our roads – and this has been borne out by the failures of previous Road Safety campaigns over the last decade.

    Having more Police on the road would once again put them in a position to punish bad driving on the spot, and educate errant drivers – our roads would be that much safer as a direct result. Multa-Nova’s when used by stealth have been proven to do nothing, other than raise copious amounts of money for the State Treasury. I am however in favour of fixed camera’s being utilized 24/7 on our Freeways and Highways, and in the Polly Farmer Tunnel. When they are fixed, and you know they are there, they will serve their purpose (for all the right reasons) and people will tend to drive more appropriately – or continue to pay the consequences accordingly. More portable Multa-Nova cameras are not the serious solution – they have simply become a scourge on Society as a handful of warts that won’t go away, and the secret is well and truly out.

    The current W.A. State Government has proven to be the most ignorant, arrogant and self-indulgent group of under-performers this State has ever seen in its history.
    The jails must all be full because most people charged over the last few years are getting away with murder – literally! The elderly continue to be bashed, and robbed, and violated – and crime seems to go on unabated. It would seem there is no longer respect for the uniform of those who are there to protect us, and worse yet there seems to be little or no respect, and/or protection for them in our courts and legal systems. Our hospitals continue to be choking under immense and seemingly endless pressure, and our education system apparently is still under threat from a disgruntled Teaching fraternity.

    And for all of that, the Carpenter Government wants us to give them another 4 Years in office.

    The State Opposition by their own admission have been a shambles while all this has played out and been allowed to continue. Internal bickering and posturing,
    the knives and hatchets have been savage and ruthless for some – and as a Party, they’ve lost a lot of respectability, experience and momentum as a result.

    Forget the endless ‘Spin’ – we just continue to go around and around, and before you know it we are right back where we started quite some years ago – or often even worse.

    This election is the most important election this State has ever faced, or will face for a long, long time. Financially the State has probably never been better off – but the culture that has been created is not only wrong, it’s out of control. For us all to live the lives that we aspire to live on the road ahead, the right decisions need to be made in this next term of Government. With some common logic and your endorsement, I believe I can create enough of a voice in Parliament to make the difference, and to help make it happen.

    Vote 1 – Wayne Thompson (Independent) – Carine (North Metropolitan) State Election 2008

  54. Frank Calabrese
  55. Frank Calabrese

    Plus there is a Newspoll as well. It’s looking tight on paper but remember that the @PP result on both polls include the Nats, who are not going to be forming a coalition with the Libs.

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24188629-5013404,00.html

  56. Anna Winter

    How has it seemingly become acceptable in our ‘Boom State’ for some single and widowed pensioners to subsidise part of their meal intake with pet food, just to make ends meet?

    wtf? This isn’t talkback radio, Wayne. Do you have any evidence for this? Or are you perhaps indulging in the spin you so abhor?

  57. Possum Comitatus

    Oh, Jesus on a stick!

    If there’s any pensioner (insert majestic fanfare) our there that is eating dog food to survive, their problem isn’t poverty, it’s innumeracy.

    Canned pet food is more expensive than canned human food at *every* price level.