Australian Election Party

November 22nd, 2007 at 9:39 pm by David Farrar

There’s an Australian Election Party in Auckland at Thomas Forde’s bar, 122 Anzac Avenue., starting at 6 pm on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 6:00pm

“Come and join hundreds of others at Thomas Forde’s Australian Bar (for one day only). Dress up as your favourite Australian. There will be prizes for the best dressed. Thongs, singlets and akubras allowed.

This event is open to people of all political hues. Even Pauline Hanson supporters!

It is guarenteed to be a night of high tension, unbearable excitement, drinking and out of tune renditions of waltzing matilda.

For one night only Thomas Forde’s Irish bar becomes Australian and welcomes anyone interested in following the election of the year.”

Talking of the election, I’d say any chance of the Government hanging on (and there was a small chance as Labor were not doing as well in some marginals as they are nationally) died today after the revelation of a bogus pamphlet being distributed in a marginal seat claiming that Labor supported the Bali bombers.

This was both despicable and moronic.  And while the hierarchy of the party would never have endorsed such a stunt, the fact the husbands of an (retiring) MP and a  candidate were involved, means that they will be damned for it.

The people involved should be prosecuted,and further they should be given brain transplants.  Did they really think that it would work, let alone that it would not be traced back to them?

For those interested, the pamphlet is here. It really is a nasty bigoted smear.

I was thinking Labor would win 20 seats or so.  It may be a whole lot more now.

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33 Responses to “Australian Election Party”

  1. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    One pamphlet in one marginal seat does not make a summer for Labour.

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  2. Lindsay Addie (1,585 comments) says:

    I agree with DPF, Howard and co are goners now. If I was an Aussie voter I wouldn’t vote for Rudd in a million years but I think he has had much the better of the campaign. The Liberals going by the coverage I’ve seen have come across as negative far too often. Howard looks like a prizefighter that has been in one fight too many, too old and too slow.

    The same fate awaits Clark in 2008.

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  3. Danyl Mclauchlan (1,070 comments) says:

    Heh – they spelled ‘Allah’ wrong.

    [DPF: Yeah, they really were not the league of geniuses]

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  4. SPC (5,770 comments) says:

    It just goes to show that if one keeps offering tax cuts eventually you lose the public’s respect.

    [DPF: Well as Kevin Rudd has endorsed 95% of the Liberal tax cut package I doubt that is an issue]

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  5. Kent Parker (451 comments) says:

    Wow that pamphlet is hugely defamatory and is going to cost someone a lot of something. Stupid drunken mistake. Better to get caught pissing outside Rudds office at 5pm, than that. What a hangover!!

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  6. Zutroy Abadolov (80 comments) says:

    Most amusing! The pamphlet has strong parallels with that old Nixon agitprop technique – endorsements from “The Communist League of Negro Women”, which co-incidentally popped up to endorse his opponents in the 1950s.

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  7. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Stop the presses – political candidate turns out to be dickhead with retarded sense of “humour”.

    I doubt this is a make-or break for the Coalition, David. The flip side of this is sorta the fact that Rudd will talk Manadarin at the drop of… well, mandarin. Political candidate turns out to be smug showoff. Whoop.

    Seems to me, from watching the reaction to both, that Australians just shrug, roll their eyes, and ask “Whaddya expect?”

    [DPF: Yeah but the timing on the day of Howard’s final address means the Libs have lost their best and last chance to get a positive message across to rally the troops]

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  8. Tina (687 comments) says:

    Libs are gone….20 sounds right.

    Dave’s reacts like silly small town NZ to the pamphlet thing.
    It’s a big country …small things have no traction.

    “By all reasonable standards, Australia has had a good government since 1996.
    Total household wealth has more than doubled from $2047 billion to $4632 billion. Australia’s standard of living (measured in GDP per head) has risen from 13th to eighth in the world. Unemployment has dropped from 8.2 per cent to 4.4 per cent, a 32-year low. Inflation has fallen from 5.2 per cent to 2.5 per cent. Mortgage rates have fallen from 12.75 per cent to 7.17 per cent. Government debt of $96 billion has been transformed into a $5-billion surplus”…..Abbott

    No-one under in OZ under 30 has experienced the world of subsidised lives for one legged gay aboriginal whales yet……still, we capitalist running dogs will prosper…..as Darwin intended.

    So long John and thanks for all the fish.

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  9. ZenTiger (435 comments) says:

    Maybe they got the idea from NZ Labour when they sent out “Eviction Notices” branded with National?

    Danyl – I’m not so sure they spelt Allah (PBUH) wrong. It could be the French Muslim chapter.

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  10. Tina (687 comments) says:

    under “35”

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  11. ZenTiger (435 comments) says:

    Better to get caught pissing outside Rudds office at 5pm, than that.

    Oh yeah, that’s what you say NOW…but Dover Samuels is really wishing he’d gone with the brochure.

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  12. PaulL (6,035 comments) says:

    SPC: the problem isn’t promising tax cuts – you can do that forever. It is just that after 3 election terms of delivering tax cuts, people start to think that just anybody can do it. You can be sure that won’t be the case in NZ.

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  13. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,914 comments) says:

    Naah, I think you are wrong David. The election will be decided in the west Australian marginals where the last polls showed Labour vulnerable to losing two of theirs to the Libs. If those polls are right then Krudd has to winn 20 other marginals. The shenanigans in Muslim Sydney suburbs will have no effect of the way Sand Gropers vte.

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  14. Kent Parker (451 comments) says:

    By all reasonable standards, Australia has had a good government since 1996.
    Total household wealth has more than doubled from $2047 billion to $4632 billion. Australia’s standard of living (measured in GDP per head) has risen from 13th to eighth in the world.

    Yes, and the Howard government was responsible for planting millions of tonnes of iron ore in the outback, along with opal, gold, uranium and countless other valuable elements. Then they went and super powered the Chinese and Indian economies so that they could turn dirt into a 2 billion dollar a week industry.

    http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/DCAB5C2D747824E6CA257377007DFDF6?opendocument

    And what do we get? Pineapple Lumps. Well done New Zealand.

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  15. natural party of govt (461 comments) says:

    “The people involved should be prosecuted,and further they should be given brain transplants. “

    Prosecuted!!!!!

    Simply for exercising their rights of free speech??????

    Why shouldnt the Liberals distribute a pamphlet from an fictitious Muslim organisation?

    Its Free Speech.

    [DPF: It’s always sad when students do not know the difference between free speech and telling lies. Reflect a lot on their own ethics I say]

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  16. natural party of govt (461 comments) says:

    “Did they really think that it would work, let alone that it would not be traced back to them?”

    Hehehe, it reminds me of a certain brain cell challenged group who thought that getting a wacky religious cult to run a “parallel campaign” would not be traced back to them.

    Had the Liberals employed a bit more plausible deniability and perhaps delivered the pamphlets using people not well known and in the middle of the night and in one drop only – it certainly couldnt of been traced back to them.

    They would have denied it just like Brash and Nat headquarters denied any involvement in the Brethren campaign.

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  17. Tina (687 comments) says:

    Great, isn’t it Kent.

    Of course, minerals aren’t everything.
    The largest State, NSW, has small mining production but a GDP multiples of Singapore due to being the international financial service centre for much of SE Asia.

    It’s the ancient Kiwi choice….get bitter or immigrate.

    400 a week I hear?

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  18. natural party of govt (461 comments) says:

    Leaving aside the problematic issue of using an ALP logo … under NZ law as it stands at the moment there is nothing to stop the National party using a similiar tactic.

    The pamphlet does not pretend to be from the Labor party – it just says a group called Australian Islamic Association (made up of Liberal party members) supports the election of the Labor party.

    Perfectly legal and legitimate exercise of free speech.

    It claims that the Labor party called for commuting the death sentences of the Bali bombers.

    A correct statement, the justice spokesman opposes capital punishment in all situations.

    So how would this pamphlet be caught under existing legislation?
    Apart from no authorising name and address and a illegitimate use of a logo, it wouldnt be.

    [DPF: A Judge would have no problems finding this was untrue (as there is no registered group called AIA and none of those involved are Islamic) and under NZ law there is an actual offence about saying something known to be untrue close to an election. I would also suggest they could be done for fraud]

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  19. PaulL (6,035 comments) says:

    And, of course, under the EFB as well this wouldn’t be illegal. The authorising name and address would be the trap unless that person had no linkages to the party at all. Of course, there would be no benefit to National in doing things like this, campaigns of this nature are the hallmark of a party in power that is falling behind in the polls and getting desperate. Not pointing at anybody of course.

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  20. natural party of govt (461 comments) says:

    “Not pointing at anybody of course.”

    Not, for example, Dr Brash and his “parallel campaign”? You sly dog, Paul, its easy to see through you!

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  21. lloydois (209 comments) says:

    Just read the letter’s pages in today’s papers plus the fact that every major daily is now endosing Rudd. Those suggesting this prank will have no effect on the result are dead wrong.

    It’s the nail in John Howards cofin, the icing on Rudd’s cake.

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  22. Pascal (1,969 comments) says:

    Natural Party of Govt: getting a wacky religious cult to run a “parallel campaign” would not be traced back to

    Ah yes, another one of those who denigrate religious groups. Replace “wacky religious cult” with “Muslim” and see how idiotic you sound. So much for tolerance, eh?

    The most telling difference between these two groups is that the Exclusive Brethren’s campaign spoke truthfully. Only one of their points was even marginally untrue.

    A bit of a difference, eh?

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  23. david (2,561 comments) says:

    We could well see the Greens benefit enormously from this crazy stunt. Under the pref voting system, a lot of Lib voters may just up the priority of their Green vote as a protest as it would still be a shudder up the spine to contemplate ranking the Ruddster at number 1.

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  24. AM2 (30 comments) says:

    It is obvious these guys were morons but I still do not think that it will necesarily be the death knell for Howard.

    There are going to be some surprises on the day and I am not calling it yet. Saying that if the polls are accurate then this is Howards equivalent of the Tory meltdown in the UK in 1997. The Liberals could lose a lot of their heavyweights and may take many years to rebuild.

    I suspect that Rudd will be pragmatic in government as well and prove that a lot of the coalition claism are nothing more than scare stories.

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  25. PhilBest (5,125 comments) says:

    Kent Parker: and the Clark Government planted all that lush grass in the Waikato, bred all those moo-cows, and pushed up international dairy prices?

    Another point: if the Clark mob was running Australia, all that Opal, Iron Ore, Gold, and Uranium would still be underground.

    Guess what country leads the world, by a substantial margin, in “natural resources per head of population”? Clue: its the same country that a few decades ago had the worlds highest living standard, before decades of protectionist, big-government featherbedding met its nemesis in a few international economic shocks.

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  26. Tauhei Notts (1,745 comments) says:

    It has been fascinating watching the fluctuating odds at Centrebet on this election.
    I always give greater credence to bookies than I do to polling companies.
    The bookies HAVE to get it right or they go broke.

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  27. helmet (807 comments) says:

    Has anyone actually seen Rudd in action? I hadn’t been paying much attention beyond what you see in the papers, but I saw the guy on Rove last night (cutting edge political commentary I know) and he’s a f*%king knob. Not charisma or leadership qualities at all that I can see. He makes Don Brash look like, well, Helen Clark by comparison.

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  28. Neil (588 comments) says:

    The old story, the boat goes out eventually. John Howard is about as popular as Auntie Helen.
    Governments lose elections, oppositions don’t win them. Labout in Australia is faction filled between left and right, what pay back will the Unions get from Work Choices campaigns.
    I believe that Rudd will win narrowly but will be a one term government failing with inflation,industrial measures and internal in-fighting. The Labour party in Australia seems to want to grab defeat from the jaws of victory

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  29. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    “The bookies HAVE to get it right or they go broke.”

    which brings up an amazing PR issue.

    could elections be influenced by the ‘odds’?

    Not if the EFB has its way.

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  30. Neil (588 comments) says:

    We now know the answer.Now look at the people who will say “We told you so”WA was the state with a Liberal bent. Poor old John Howard, changing demographics in Bennelong meant he was a loser early on.
    Labour always promises so much and generally falls well short. Six months the wheels will start falling off.
    How Howard’s successor is elected will be fascinating. Costello for me, a rapier debater who will make Rudd and Swan squirm. Not silver tail Turnbull or deadly dull Downer

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  31. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Well hell, I’m tempted to say good riddance to a gun grabbing socialist who pretended to be a Conservative. That would perhaps be too critical. Its impossible not to regret the passing from politics of a man who was one of the few who understood the need to stand firm against murdering Islamic terrorists. Unfortunately, Howard and his boys failed to stand firm enough against today’s other serious threat to freedom and civilization and prosperity, the global socialist movement and its followers in Australia.

    The interesting thing is that there’s little for the left to feel smug about in winning this election. Krudd had to pretend to be John Howard to win. “I am not a socialist,” Krudd insisted. “I am an economic conservative.” On issue after issue, from federal intervention in dysfunctional Aboriginal communities, to national security, to the expansion of coal and uranium mining, Krudd adopted the Howard line.

    He’s likely to go Howard’s way on foreign policy, too. His promises to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and pull troops from Iraq are largely symbolic. Krudd knows that Kyoto is just for show. The Kyoto Protocol was never meant to actually take effect, and it hasn’t really. The US, who hasn’t signed, has reduced emissions more the Canada or Europe, who did sign. In fact none of the countries that signed have succeeded in doing anything to meet the perceived requirements. Billions have been wasted that could have been spent so much more productively.

    The Iraq war is over. The Aussie troops can come home as victors. Shame is Krudd will probably take the credit when Howard deserves it.

    Now the slow decline will begin, for I say Krudd is not what he says he is. I say he is just another socialist liar. If he was the economic conservative he claims, why has he chosen an “ex” communist, the rabid extreme left politically one dimensional Julia Gillard as his deputy? The left’s win in Australia is symbolic of the cultural dominance of socialism today, that sad sick religion that like all of them, promises utopia but only brings an abyss.

    In reality, the lemming like west is slowly but surely committing suicide. The question is, can the body of western civilization ever be brought back to life after decades of the self proscribed poison of socialism flowing through its veins? One has to answer yes, or else there is nothing but an ever darkening chasm.

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