Well, Kevin Rudd has had his corflutes printed (and no doubt everyone else has too), you can’t walk around a marginal seat in Queensland without tripping over Christopher Pyne or Julie Bishop, and Julia Gillard is giving the kiddies
more middle class welfare a school uniform allowance. This, of course, is totally consistent with the Great Australian Value of Moving Forward (and see her Adelaide speech for why this is at the heart of our national character, or Pavlov’s Cat if you’re already sick of the sloganeering). In short, we’re having an election, even though we don’t know the date.
I’m tipping Thursday, because that’s when Newspoll goes out into the field, and I think Labor will be hoping for a nice number to build a bit of early momentum (colour me cynical, if you like). We’re looking at a longer campaign than usual, because Labor will be trying to circumvent the Liberals’ recalcitrance over electoral act changes, and giving everyone a week to get on the election roll before the writs are issued.
We’ve seen last week that Labor can do thought bubbles as well as the Coalition at its finest, but so far, since Tony Abbott became Opposition Leader in December, I can’t think of a lot of policy the Coalition has actually released. Off the top of my head, there’s Mental Health, Stopping Boats (because they’re a “tsunami”, “armada” and an “invasion”), The Parental Leave Thought Bubble, Local Hospital Boards, and Direct Action to Deny Climate Change.
A while back, Barrie Cassidy reported that a variety of stunts like legislating against debt were being contemplated, and Greg Hunt’s idea of local plebiscites for nuclear power seems to have been shot down by his leader, despite being endorsed by Glenn Milne.
Oh, and Joe Hockey released part two of the Budget Reply, with claimed budget savings, but no one remembers what they were because journos got all snarky about having to wait til after lunch for Andrew Robb to spell them out.
So, have I missed anything? Anyone care to indulge in predicting what they might come up with during the campaign?