The government continues to divest itself of votes in accordance with a level-playing-field agreement struck with the ACCC and the Electoral Commission.

They have achieved this in the following ways:

Pyne’s rigorous requirement that Santoro not be questioned over his role in destroying his own career (16,872 votes)

Extend commitment to Howard’s participation in the tragic and murderous US cock-up in Iraq. (Cost 1 million votes).

Do nothing to repatriate David Hicks for six years and then blame him for a guilty plea. (Cost 1 million votes).

Let Qantas go overseas. (Cost 500,000 votes).

Attack Rudd for meeting Burke, fire Campbell and then find Santoro running an aged-care-bed-allocation futures market. (Cost 500,000 votes)

Sell Telstra and spend nothing on Australia’s appalling broadband network (1,274 votes)

Allow Vanstone to argue that she spent $30K learning enough Mandarin to avoid calling a Chinese woman a fat cow (12 votes)

Allow Abbott to attribute the Santoro hari-kiri to “more Rudd mud”. (Laughter and applause)

Attack Rudd for fixing broadband using huge slush-fund he correctly identifies as being available. (1 million young first-time voters) Keep doing this for several days (100,000 young first-time voters per day).

Fail to understand the importance of broadband in the bush (293,000 votes)

The Howard government is still well ahead and there is much to do but these last few weeks have been a very encouraging start.