Saturday, November 25, 2006

Election Day - Victoria

No guys, not the mid-terms.
Its the State Election here in Victoria Australia today. As far as we all here can tell from the media coverage as such, this has been one of the most 'boring' policy-free, 'steady as she goes' campaign. We all just seem to be going through the motions. Thankfully, we don't have a uncumbent or ruling party saying Jesus is their saviour, and then getting up and winning, on the strength of that.

The ruling party here is Labor, with Steve Bracks in the Seat. Ted Baillieu is the leader of the Opposition Liberal Party. For those reading in the US, the comparison is, Labor=Democrats and Liberal=Republicans. The Christian Right doesn't have as much of a stranglehold on the state Liberals as they have with the Liberals at the National level, held by John Howard who is now our Prime Minister, seemingly until hell freezes over.

The Greens have a solid chance of taking seats and influencing the running of the State, for the first time in living memory. Family First, not so much. People Power, not so much. But with a lack of policy direction, the message people may send to the two major parties by voting Green, will send the place into a spin.

By the end of the weekend, I am sure nothing much will have changed.

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