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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:52 PM
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AUS: Calamity John: Howard faces massive defeat
Calamity John: Howard faces massive defeat

Jason Koutsoukis
November 18, 2007


PRIME Minister John Howard is headed for a calamitous defeat on Saturday, according to the latest Sunday Age poll, which shows that mortgage-belt voters have turned sharply against the Coalition.
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Taverner Research managing director Philip Mitchell-Taverner said the results were disastrous for the Coalition. "The findings are again calamitous for the Liberals, who would be very disappointed to have lost so much support from middle Australia, who have backed (John Howard) for so long," he said. "They won't return for a long while, unless Labor creates a disaster scenario and doesn't fix the inflation and interest rates problem and doesn't deliver at least a reasonable amount of what it has promised."

He said that based on the latest poll Labor was cruising towards a comfortable win.

"With Kevin Rudd neither pressed nor making big errors, he remains the voters' clear and unchallenged choice and can look forward to a good majority in the lower house," Mr Mitchell-Taverner said.

"The Coalition is paying the penalty for not listening, yet imposing policies that the voters don't recognise as necessarily good for them."

Mr Rudd, the hot favourite to be elected prime minister on Saturday, told The Sunday Age that the last week of the campaign would be "very tight and tough", but said he had plenty of petrol left in the tank. "Fighting and raring to go, mate," Mr Rudd said. "I'm moving from fourth to fifth gear, and certainly in my own personal engine there is capacity to move into sixth gear as well."

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http://www.theage.com.au/news/federal-election-2007-new...
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:55 PM
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1. Awww, that would be a shame.
:applause:
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:56 PM
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2. They're sick of him
You must listen to OZ radio. He's in deep trouble.
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angstlessk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:56 PM
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3. great for Rudd!! it is funny how the different countries lable their parties
the 'liberals' in AU seem to be very conservative..and the 'labor' party seems more liberal than the 'labor' party in England...of course in America we shun the lable 'liberal' as if it is some sort of scarlet letter! :grr:
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:59 PM
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6. In Japan the Liberal Democrats are the Conservative Party
In the UK, the Liberal Democrats (or Lib Dems as they're usually called) are supposed to be the centre party; but Labour moved so far right under Blair that the Lib Dems are now to their left.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:56 PM
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4. Ho Ho HO!
Beginning to wonder if I'd ever see this headline!

I remember back when he was running for his second term and I was talking to my son-in-law who from Australia and he seemed to think john howard was okay..I knew better.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:57 PM
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5. Great news!
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MzNov Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:07 PM
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7. Fantastic. Did you see the Green party there is called The Greens? :) nt
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:07 PM
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8. FINALLY!
Bush will lose another soulmate.
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:17 PM
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9. At least someone is paying for this Iraq War debacle. Now if we could
just impeach Bush and Cheney. Good news about Howard.
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 03:30 PM
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10. Moral of the story:
If you are friends with Bush, you will pay and pay and pay.
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 03:42 PM
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11. Couldn't happen to a nicer sack of shit!
Conniving, lying, climate-change-denying Bible-thumping prick!

Good riddance!
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