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Federal Election 2013

Aug 11, 2013

A dedicated thread for your blow-by-blow commentary of the leaders’ debate at the National Press Club as it unfolds.

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Laocoon
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liyana @ 348
[Menzies!!! Did he say Menzies!!! ROFL- how ridiculous!]
Got me thinking.

Menzies won his last election in 1963.

To be of voting age then, one had to be born by 1942.

That is to say, for the 2013 election, one needs to be 71 years of age or more, to have been eligible to vote in an election with Menzies as PM.

Looking at last year’s demographic stats, that would be at maximum, 12.3% of the voting age bloc. And a reasonable proportion of them surely would be immigrants from after 1963, who would not have ever experienced a Menzies election.

pithicus
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Rosemour
you might get a pleasant surprise come sep 7.
If the polls are awful 1 week out then it’s time to really worry.

lefty e
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BH – ABC24 went to four undecided voters in moreton for a qualitative feedback session.

All 4 were quite articulate, and the general vibe was unimpressed with format, contemporary politics in general – wanting deeper explanations of policy and fewer cheap slogans.

guytaur
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@hughriminton: Thanks to the 8000+ tweeps who voted in our #Debate twitterpoll tonight – calling it for @KRuddMP on “believability” @channeltennews

poroti
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confessions

First tummy gurgles have hit. Reckon I got ten minutes left. Still got another liter of the ambrosia to drink.
Uh oh. Make that about 2 minutes left. Byeeeeeeeee.

ShowsOn
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[ there, he said that, you see etc. Waste of time and AEC should just declare election for Libs now and save a lot of time and money – 90 seats to 60 roughly.]
WTF? You undemocratic fool

Mick77
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ML
Which bookie are you watching? sportingbet moved to 5.25 before the debate began and hasn’t moved. Do you have a link for what you’re perving at? (We know that sprocket’s a fraud on betting reports like on most things.)

guytaur
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“@TwitterAU: Peak moment of the #LeadersDebate was 1,952 Tweets per minute at 7:25pm AEST, during #samesex marriage discussion.”

Lady Miranda Ann Caulfeild Ackermann-Boltt
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Lady Miranda Ann Caulfeild Ackermann-Boltt

Admittedly, Mitt Romney did get a very big bounce out of winning the first debate against Obama. Had Rudd tanked in the debate it would have been all over red rover (it probably already is).

ShowsOn
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I think Abbott will refuse further debates as they are too big a risk for him.

lefty e
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If I TRY VERY HARD to be objective, Id say the following: I though Abbott was doing better than Rudd in the first quarter, but then Rudd relaxed and was more fluent and engaging. Yes, I dont think Rudd handled the Sydney Airport all that well. But he did well on NBN, productivity and marriage equality. Abbott looked shifty on costings – its just not a good look at all. A lot of punters will recall it was Costello who set up these tests of an oposition. Some of his stuff on the CO2 tax seems stale now: he’s debating… Read more »
BH
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Lefty e Can you explain re Moreton view please

zoidlord
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@Mick77/427

lol. AEC to declare already?

mexicanbeemer
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The SSM issue may become a sleeper issue during the campaign.

Mick77
Guest

The worm outcomes and the conclusions on who won would have been exactly the same if they’d inadvertently blanked out the channels for an hour. Debates don’t alter people’s minds but they reinforce what people already believe and people look for the one line that confirms their perceptions .. there, he said that, you see etc. Waste of time and AEC should just declare election for Libs now and save a lot of time and money – 90 seats to 60 roughly.

the spectator
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the most important thing about tonights debate was seeing the clear comparison between Abbott and Rudd and Abbott came across wooden, boring and totally uninspiring. that is the critical outcome the comparison of the two leaders on offer.

Lady Miranda Ann Caulfeild Ackermann-Boltt
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Lady Miranda Ann Caulfeild Ackermann-Boltt

Who actually won the debate today seems a matter for debate, but one thing seems clear. There will be no more debates, unless Krudd agrees to the town hall forums suggested by Mr Abbott. It seems all so appropriate that Mr Abbott is able to set the terms of the debates (or lack thereof). In either case I’m enjoying watching Krudd’s final struggles as he slowly sinks into peat bogs of politics.

confessions
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I wonder how poroti is going….

guytaur
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“@rauribarker: KRudd, You just got my vote with that statement.
#leadersdebate #marriageequality”

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