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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..7 September 2013

The people of Australia have spoken, Tony Abbott is the new Prime Minister Elect, the Liberal Party are in power again and I for one could not be happier. I know I have friends and family who do not agree with me, and they have very valid reasons that I sympathise with, but the truth is the Labor Party shot themselves in both feet. I would rather have a united Liberal Party than the dysfunctional Labor Party of recent years. A resounding victory with a majority government, good stuff.

Kevin Rudd’s concession speech really dragged on, and I don’t feel he was at all gracious in defeat, whereas Tony Abbott’s speech was strong and to the point. Before you jump down my throat I do realise that Mr Abbott probably did not write his speech, I just hope that Mr Rudd did not write his either.

I believe Kevin Rudd has done the right thing by standing aside as party leader, but who will replace him. The short odds are on Bill Shorten, what an uninspiring man he is, he has no charisma, no pizzazz, no personality. For my money I would go with a wild card, look outside the square, someone personable and likable like Tony Burke, Tanya Plibersek, or even Penny Wong.

I must say I was impressed with the Channel 9 coverage of the evening’s events, I thought Channel 10 with the team from The Project may do a better job but I was wrong, I soon changed channels.

On a lighter note Port Power beat Collingwood to advance one step closer to playing in the AFL Grand Final, what a bugger. I may be a South Australian but I don’t like Port and that’s that.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..22 March 2013

Does Julia Gillard really believe that because there was no opposition to her during the leadership spill, and therefore she was re-elected unopposed yesterday, that she is still the best person to lead the ALP to the next election, surely she is not that naive. It looks to me like no-one else is game to take on the leadership at this point and become the leader that loses the election. Watch and see how quickly she is replaced after the election.

I don’t suppose you can blame them really, Ms Gillard is the one that has ruined the reputation of this government in the eyes of the Australian people, she is the one that stabbed Kevin Rudd in the back, let her get her just reward by being trounced at the federal election later this year. Why should someone else’s reputation be left in tatters.

I can’t say I was impressed with the way Kevin Rudd handled this situation either, apparently he has principles, he said he would not challenge Ms Gillard again, so he didn’t. Does that mean that we should trust a man who does not put his party and the people of Australia before his word to an unpopular leader, you decide. The ALP is hemorrhaging, it is only a matter of time.

This is yet another nail in the governments coffin, Mr Abbott must be over the moon as it makes his chances all that much better. Before all you ALP supporters get into me know this, yes I am currently a member of the Liberal Party, but I have also been a swinging voter in the past, and probably will be again. I believe in voting for the party that I feel can do the most for our country, in the past that has been the ALP, this year it will Mr Abbott and the Liberal Party, who knows how I will vote after that.

Thank you for reading.