Mon, Nov. 5th, 2007, 09:32 pm
Politics: Family First preferencing Hanson in Senate
*tries so hard to stifle a comment he ends up making injured animal noises and gives up* The story is not that Family First is giving Pauline Hanson a leg up. That's no surprise to me. What is a surprise is Andrew Bartlett's about-face. I know I should be pleased that he's seen the light and is denouncing FF for what they are, even though the real reason he's upset is because he thinks it hurts his own re-election chances, but I can't help thinking back to his expression of injured innocence after the last election defending his decision to swap preferences with FF, claiming he was trying to keep the Senate independent.
Mon, Nov. 5th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
Firgive me the though, but when you said "Hanson" and "Senate" I was truck by teh image of MMM-Bop in the Chamber. *headdesk* Ohhhh.. I'm so sorry....
Mon, Nov. 5th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah.. I figured.. my image was truly in poor taste...
So, if she promised to make Australia a country for while people... um.. where do the Aborigines go?
Tue, Nov. 6th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
*nod* I once though about moving and immigrating there, but you have to be a professional, and even though I am while, male, legally single, I am no good...
Your immigration policy is a lot more stringent than even the US... and Australia's an island....
Tue, Nov. 6th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
I'm told it's easy to get in if you're an experienced tradesperson. Apparently, they're in short supply after our current government spent ten years dismantling and devaluing the apprenticeship system. Imagine that...
Tue, Nov. 6th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
If you're a tradesperson of a certain trade... I can't remember what they are anymore, I did a test to see if I would be welcome... but my education as a travel agent is not acceptable.
Actually, it seems easier to migrate to NZ... and they seem to not have the problems either the US or AU have.... and New Zealand has been jokingly referred to as "Australia's Canada." :-)