Forget the AWAs, concentrate on the important matters. Crikey is told that up until the time of Kevin Rudd’s election as Opposition Leader, Therese Rein drove a black BMW to work almost every day. From then until the new year, the car didn’t move from its parking spot. It then disappeared, never to be seen again. Ms Rein now seems to prefer a Holden Astra – with personalised plates. So that’s the important perception issues dealt with.

Question for Cossie. Mr Treasurer! Is the economy finely balanced or robust? It can’t be both.

Boris on drugs. The World’s Favourite Tory, Boris Johnson, has admitted to GQ that he has used cocaine. “I tried it at university and I remember it vividly,” he says. “It achieved no pharmacological psychotropic or any other effect on me whatsoever.” But then he goes on to say, when asked if he could imagine having s-x with Cherie Blair, “I could, yeah”. We won’t worry if Boris is on drugs or what, but let’s follow his lead. Crikey subscribers, we want you to nominate the world’s most s-xually enticing political partners. Send your suggestions to [email protected].

How to get off the PM’s mailing list. Pollies enjoy exemptions from the privacy laws and the do-not-call register, so how do voters get off their spam lists? Crikey readers have useful suggestions and observations: “Little John’s family has a history of spam – remember it was his son’s job for a while if not still,” one points out.

Some suggestions are simple:

Return all the PM’s the emails with a 5 to 10 MB attachment each time, Preferably a large JPEG photo of Kevin Rudd.

Some are crafty:

Add the email address to your spam blacklist so they are filtered out before they hit your inbox, and report the sender’s domain to your ISP so they can blacklist them from hitting anyone else’s inbox. We’re all in this together: In fact, let’s all subscribe to Johnny’s mailing list, then attempt to unsubscribe, then blacklist the address and complain to our ISPs. Or, subscribe Johnny’s email address to every website that likes to send updates, newsletters and that pledges to on-sell that email address to third fourth and fifth parties. Some of those can be pretty difficult to unsubscribe from, too.

But we can’t beat this simple solution:

Address your reply “Dear Peter…”

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