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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    So by the looks of it, parties need to be pandering to Qld to win elections. Not sure I like the prospect of that....
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Aren't what you mentioned economic factors themselves? Fact is, there are aspects of our economy that need re-balancing and balancing stuff inevitably has winners and losers. Many don't seem to realise there will always be losers and that it's the net benefit that should be considered. The LNP played on this ignorance with their "You'll be worse off under Labour's reforms" mantra and it worked - extremely effectively. I voted for Labour hoping to finally see the atrocity that is negative gearing be wound back for instance....even though I'm a homeowner myself. If the value of my apartment takes a hit as a result, so be it, but we're better off overall without it.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    I think the working class feel like they're "under siege" at the moment and that they're being squeezed with issues like living costs, wage stagnation and mass casualisation of the workforce. With the economy becoming shaky, many are probably feeling anxious and so perhaps would be spooked by some of the reforms Shorten was putting out there. Hard to accept big changes when you're not confident.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Victoria is a confusing case, especially after Vic Labour/Daniel Andrews smashed it at the state election last year. We've now seen strong Lib seats swing to the left and working class/mortgage belt seats swing to Libs. It's really been a baffling election.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Fair points and I can see the merit. The challenge though is getting the message across without ridiculing or neglecting swathes of people and sometimes it can feel that way when they seem to push certain agendas a bit too forcefully. It always gets me when, for instance, people openly criticize something for having too many white men (or something along those lines). We are a predominately white country, when you push an agenda that appears to go against half of the (by far) largest demographic, it will not go in your favor when you then go for a popularity contest like an election.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    I'm a middle-of-road voter who leans left (voted Turnbull last election, ALP this time). As dumb as I think the term "woke" is (seriously, does the internet need to come up with a new tag every 15 minutes?), I do believe that the almost incessant berating about certain "progressive" issues like "equality" and climate change (issues I generally agree with) I think actually plays negatively on many voters and they'll seek to vote for whoever may, in their eyes, counteract some of these issues that almost feel like they're being rammed down our throats. I credit it is a factor to Trump's victory in 2016. Even I get annoyed sometimes when I switch on the news and get 3 reports in a row about "a lack of women in this" or "it's a white man's club".
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    QLD has always been the wacky state. I know people tend to point the finger at WA, but I see WA as more "traditionally" conservative. QLD is where you get the kind of conservatives who'll blame brown people on raggedy boats as the root cause of all our problems.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Abbott losing his seat makes this election a win in my books, regardless of who wins. Back when Turnbull got ousted, I was wishing the people of Warringah would vote him out....
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    MCUniverse: Cat Scratch Fever edition.

    Ok admittedly I haven't followed the Oscars the past several years and didn't realize Black Panther was nominated.
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    MCUniverse: Cat Scratch Fever edition.

    A superhero film getting a best picture Oscar nomination? I'd be very, very surprised.
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    True Detective Season 3 (SPOILERS)

    We've only seen Roland in the 1980 timeline so far haven't we? I hope he comes into the other timelines as well. I expect he will come into 1990 atleast.
  12. Should we expect an early election now? Would rather be in opposition than be incumbent now at the moment to be honest....
  13. Yeah and it looks like Milne has just resigned (as he should). I wonder where this leaves Guthrie now as it makes it look like her "sacking" was completely unwarranted.
  14. I'm not sure if losing some Qld seats to some conservative independents is worse than losing a bunch of mortgage/migrant belt seats to Labor.
  15. I would consider voting LNP at the next election if Turnbull was still PM, yes. Now though, I'd vote Labor even if I don't particularly support them just to spite the LNP for the complete nonsense that has happened. Speaking as a non-aligned voter, I imagine my sentiments are shared with many other swing-voters. Last election? I....well lets just say I derped out a bit and forgot to vote (I won't get into the details ), but I was leaning towards Turnbull/LNP and most likely would have voted in their favour had I gotten off my useless ass and voted.... What I don't get is - surely the LNP understand that elections are won by not scaring/alienating/upsetting the middle ground? For this reason, Turnbull (being a moderate) was always a sensible candidate to pull them through an election and it showed in the preferred PM polls. Yet we see a degree of radicalising going on which is now completely destabilising the electoral middle-ground (and even parts of their own turf) which will only spell doom for them at the next election. Previous spiels have always been about survival and election viability. This latest spiel just looks like a bunch of personal/political vendettas and ideological absudity and it's just completely baffling. We've had our fair share of political lows, it almost feels like they're purposely aiming to set an even lower low.
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