24 November 2007

Howard gets a drubbing

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Although Kevin Rudd yet to claim victory in the Australian general election it looks as if the Labor party is set to form the next government. Early vote counts also indicate that Prime Minister John Howard had lost his parliamentary seat.

"On the numbers we are seeing tonight Labor is going to form a government," said Labor deputy leader Julia Gillard. Mr Howard was bidding for a fifth term in office, but tallies indicated his Sydney seat had been lost to Labor - Figures from the electoral commission suggested with more than 50% of the votes counted in Bennelong, he had lost the seat to Maxine McKew, a former TV journalist.

"I have to say there is a strong mood for change in Australia. People want new leadership with a positive plan for the future," Mr Rudd said as he cast his ballot in his Queensland constituency. During the campaign, Labor sought to capitalise on the Howard administration's refusal to sign the Kyoto protocol on climate change.

For me, the (beds are) burning question is whether Pete Garrett will be in Rudd’s cabinet. This question is, of course, just an excuse to post a video of one of my favourite Midnight Oil songs!


Richard Havers said...

Great song, possibly not a great politcian if the papers are to be believed :)

Garth said...

So Bush has lost his two most fervent arse-kissers in the space of a year (and gained a French poodle)

jams o donnell said...

H he has not made the transition from protest singer to statesman Richard?

True Pisces.

beakerkin said...


Most politics including that in France and Germany is local. To imply
that George Bush is so powerful or to
view an election on the basis of America is absurd.

Howard had a good run and the people of Oz voted for change.

James Higham said...

How does a Romford boy know about Midnight Oil? I knew one of their groupies.

jams o donnell said...

It's not that French or German elctions were directly affected, Beakerkin. A change of governemnt can bring about a change in attitiude. Brown, for example, is not quite as friendly towards Bush as Blair was.

Ah James, I got into a lot of Aussie bands in the 80s!

SaoirseDaily2 said...

Thanks for visiting. You have a very interesting blog regarding how other countries view our politics. I am praying we can survive the Bush administration and see a Democrat taking over the office in 2008.

jams o donnell said...

It looks like a good bet but the way I see it, the Dems not only have everything to win but also everything to lose. On the other hand would Hilary represent a big change if she were to win?

jams o donnell said...

Sorry forgot to say thanks for visiting Saoirse!

Colin Campbell said...

Julia Gillard is set to become the first Welsh born Prime Minister of Australia when Kevin "I walk on water" Rudd goes to Bali to discuss climate change.

Very good news for Australia getting rid of Howard and his ugly cohorts.

jams o donnell said...

I hope, as your blog button says, he doesn't fuck it up. Ah well you have seen that back of Howard and that isn't so bad!