The political nous of a goldfish

Crikey readers have their say.

Gillard and pokies: Andrew Lewis writes: Re Yesterday's editorial. Your editorial today includes this line on why the Labor Party wouldn’t take the pokies pre-commitment to a vote.
According to Laura Tingle in The Australian Financial Review today, it's because "... the view at the top was firmly that Labor's authority rests on the fact it has not lost a vote in parliament, despite its minority status".
That is about as clear a statement as it gets that this government is completely out of touch. Mind you, I have no doubt that many in the press gallery probably agree with that, and there are the forces of darkness lined up to make a huge deal of it if they ever do lose a vote on the floor. However, and I can’t say this too strongly, the Australian public couldn’t give a toss. Most of the Australian public still hasn’t got a clue how Parliament works anyway, and have a collective memory that makes goldfish look highly retentive. Is that the best that they can come up with? I suspect the only thing they can remember, en masse, is that Julia Gillard is untrustworthy, and she has helped that along once again. All the political nous of the aforementioned goldfish. How did they ever get elected to anything? John Kotsopoulos writes: Crikey's incessant sniping at Julia Gillard is getting very tiresome. Name one instance where a  PM has deliberately put up something for a vote knowing it would be defeated. Let's not  forget that the Productivity Commission's advice was to do a trial of full mandatory commitment before settling on a model so as to avoid worsening the problem. Criticism of the PM when she is following the recommendation of the Productivity Commission is just political flatulence. Senator Ludlum's iPhone: Neil Hunt writes: Re. "Greens MP fears phone was hacked in WikiLeaks exchange" (yesterday, item 3). Mobile phones lose battery power for a variety of reasons, and oddly enough, iPhones are also mobile phones. I would bet that Greens Senator Scott Ludlum was using his GPS at the time, which will chew through the battery. Did he forget to turn off bluetooth? The older iOS software will also attempt to constantly connect to your email with an incorrect password if you've updated it elsewhere but not on the phone yet. This HAMMERS the battery, and I've seen it drain my own battery in under two hours. Heck, even changing the tower style (3G/2G/GSM-1800/GSM-900) will drain the battery. I don't know where they were driving, having not lived in Melbourne for that long (less than a year over a decade ago), but did they change from the city to the country with its lower signal power? While there are interceptions in Australia of meta data, and possibly even listening in on phone calls, in this case, simply because his battery died quickly, there is no indication that this is what occurred. Repeating a story, even for an exclusive from a Greens Senator, does not make it true. Quite frankly, I expect better from Crikey.

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4 thoughts on “The political nous of a goldfish

  1. Ben

    I do all the things Neil Hunt has described. And my iPhone battery never drains in 2 hours. I am going to go and delete that old email account with the wrong password though.

  2. zut alors

    I agree with Andrew Lewis.

    Gillard’s credibility and propensity to renege on deals is far more relevant to voters than her government failing to have a piece of legislation passed.

  3. A. N. Onymus

    And another agreement here with Andrew Lewis and ZUT ALORS. The first thing I thought when I saw the news on TV was “How could she be so stupid? Can’t she see how this will look to the public?”

  4. CML

    @ ZUT ALORS – How many times do I have to say this? PM Gillard DID NOT renege on any deal. There are plenty of good articles around (Phil Coorey in the SMH, for example) telling you that Wilkie will still get about 80% of what he wanted, but just not tomorrow. Wilkie has lost his ability to use stand-over tactics on the PM and he doesn’t like it.
    I agree with John K – Gillard is just doing what the Productivity Commission recommended and having a trial of mandatory precommitment, which is the correct thing to do. Introducing all this stuff without any idea whether it will work or not, is really stupid. You, and many others, have been reading too much Ltd. News, listening to too much ABC and watching too much crap news reporting on the commercial channels. How about you engage the brain before the digits?
    Politics is still all about numbers, and Gillard didn’t have enough. Like John, I too would like an answer to the question he asked in the first paragraph of his letter (above). As usual, Crikey does not appear to have researched this relevant bit of history – I’ll wager the answer is none. No, it is easier to just start demonising Gillard for doing what every other government in recent times has done, which strangely enough is okay for everyone else, but not her. Some balance!

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