Christian Kerr writes:

Show us yer d*ck? Mr Speaker from
yesterday: “The members are holding up their member.”

Harder to
vote, easier to donate?
Is it true that the Howard government is making it harder to vote
but easier to make secret donations to political parties, as the opposition has
alleged? Some thoughts on the subject from the ANU’s Marian Sawer on Australian Policy Online.

World Cup fever bites.
It’s not just pollies who are catching
World Cup Fever. Austrade has a very bad case. This media release is rolling off faxes
around the country today:

WORLD CUP
PREDICTION: AUSTRALIAN SUCCESS IN LATIN AMERICA

Australian exporters should make the most
of Latin America’s increased interest in Australia
generated by the Socceroos campaign for World Cup glory and their upcoming
match against Brazil, according to Austrade’s Chief Economist, Tim Harcourt.

“The Socceroos performance in Germany
has not only increased awareness of Australia’s
rapidly developing skills in the world game, their success is serving as an
effective international promotion of Australia.
Interest in Australia is particularly strong in the region that is home to our next World
Cup challenge, Brazil…

Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner in Sao Paulo, Mark
Argar, said that he is amazed at the Brazilian public’s enormous interest in Australia
brought about by the Socceroos.

“The passion of Latin American football
supporters is a well known fact, and the Socceroos participation in the World
Cup and early success in Germany
has sparked a lot of Brazilian interest in Australia,
its people and economy…”

Harcourt’s got it bad. Up on Austrade’s
website is this paper,
“Golden Goal: Can the Socceroos lift the bar on Australian exports?” World Cup Fever is a notifiable disease.
Please send news of political outbreaks to [email protected].

Peter Fray

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