Do your verse. Election
posters started popping up on poles across Adelaide over the weekend as
the South Australian election campaign gets underway – and David
Winderlich, the Australian Democrat’s candidate in the government’s
most marginal seat, Norwood, is delivering on his promise to supply a
daily limerick on a campaign issue. Family First have called for drug
testing for MPs – which inspires Winderlich to say “God’s party wants
drug testing for pollies/In case they’re inhaling their jollies/But
it’s not the odd high/It’s persistent lies/Cos power’s more addictive
than rollies.”

Odds Shorten.
If Bill Shorten is any sort
of political seer, it appears that Kim Beazley will lose the next
election. Or so he virtually admitted on the ABC over the weekend. More
on the Messiah’s mistakes at Online Opinion.

Victorian Democrats doomed.

Is the home division of Democrats leader Lyn Allison facing
deregistration by the Victorian Electoral Commission? Former member and
blogger Ari Sharp says so. More here.

Your ABC. There’s plenty of angst over Aunty in the discussion on the future of the ABC raging on Andrew West’s site at the SMH,
but one crucial problem affecting the place ain’t getting a mention –
the culture of bullying that managerialism has allowed to fester.

A show at Victoria Park. The by-election to replace retired WA premier Geoff Gallop has thrown up some colourful characters. There’s former Green Senator Dee Margetts. One Nation’s Sue Bateman, who has featured on the anti-racist website site www.fightdemback.org. Teresa van Lieshout,
an active One Nation member and serial candidate who wants
multiculturalism to end and see all Islamic schools closed is down as
an independent. Then there’s Mike Ward of the Men’s Confraternity. He’s most famous for picketing the Family Court and a compulsive writer of letters to the editor of The West Australian. Finally, there’s a spot of sunshine with James Dunn. He represents the Daylight Saving Party. Sandgropers still live in fear that it’ll fade the curtains.

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Peter Fray

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