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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..14 October 2013

My thoughts today are with my daughter-in-law Melissa, Ryan’s fiancée, her Dad is in the Lyell McEwin Hospital and he is not doing very well. To make things just that bit harder Ryan is currently working away so Melissa has been dealing with it on her own, hopefully Ryan will be home tomorrow.

I hear the ALP have elected Bill Shorten as their new leader. How much would you like to bet that Mr Shorten will not lead the ALP to the next federal election, a more uninspiring man I have not seen which is probably why Tanya Plibersek has been elected as the Deputy Leader. For my money she would have been a much better choice as leader.

Me thinks we have not seen the end of Labor’s woes, more infighting to come. Only a short-sighted and militant caucus would have wanted someone like Mr Shorten, the party faithful at large did not vote for him, that should be telling the ALP something. They got it wrong again.

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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.