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A Bad Campaign Speech – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Bad Campaign Speech – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics

Joh set such a campaign pace in 1974 that he made it difficult for his ALP opponent Tucker to keep up. Tucker’s chartered plane got lost in a storm while flying to Quilpie in the West. The plane was half an hour overdue when Tucker himself used a road map to help the pilot establish […]

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Karate Chop Political Advertising – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Karate Chop Political Advertising – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Campaigning, Economics, Political Communication

The big surprise (in 1974) was the defeat of Brisbane’s popular Lord Mayor, Alderman Clem Jones – or was it such a surprise, considering the advertising campaign mounted by his Liberal opponent, Don Cameron. He ran a series of television commercials in which he moved around in front of a big pile of roofing tiles […]

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The Last Queensland Senate Seat – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Last Queensland Senate Seat – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Democracy, Politics, Queensland

In the event, the Whitlam government was re-elected (in 1974) – but in an election that was so close it took two weeks to be finally decided. And again it was Bjelke-Petersen who proved the biggest thorn in Labor’s side. While Labor held up pretty well in the rest of Australia it dropped 3.2% of […]

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The Bjelkemander – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Bjelkemander – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Democracy, Means and Ends, Politics, Power

How bad then was the Bjelkemander in comparative terms? One means of measuring this is by the Dauer-Kelsay Index which calculates the absolute smallest percentage of electors which, in theory, could elect the government. The 1972 Queensland redistribution measured 44.9% on the Dauer-Kelsay Index, compared with a theoretically perfect redistribution of slightly over 50%. (This […]

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Queensland and the Federation Convention – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Queensland and the Federation Convention – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Democracy, History, Politics, Queensland

Even before federation, the colony of Queensland preferred to do things differently. In 1898 the Queensland government wanted to have its representative to the Melbourne convention on federation elected directly by the people. All other colonies appointed their representatives from their parliaments. Queensland finally reused to send anyone.

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I’m Going into Every Parish and Cuss Out the Boss – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on I’m Going into Every Parish and Cuss Out the Boss – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, US Politics

Huey felt no scruples in telling people how he was going to run his campaign in 1923. “I’m going to run for governor and I’ll tell you how I’m going to win,” he said to one man. “In every parish there is a boss, usually the sheriff. He has forty percent of the votes, forty […]

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The Cannonball – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Cannonball – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

(Long) also won many votes by promising that if elected he would force the railroads to extend their services or their lines. It was a pledge of this kind that enabled him to sweep the vote of a hamlet known as Shooter’s Station. Its people had a burning grievance – a train called the Cannonball […]

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The Kennedy Assassination and the 1963 Election – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers 

May 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Kennedy Assassination and the 1963 Election – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers  · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, History, Politics, The Kennedys, US Politics

US President John Kennedy was assassinated on 23 November 1963, one week out from the election at which Labor suffered a heavy defeat. The assumption, which I share, is that voters were alarmed by the Kennedy assassination in the Dallas motorcade, seeing it as a signal of the heating up of the Cold War. Many […]

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Eunuchs Discussing the Karma Sutra – “The White Tiger: A Novel” -by Aravind Adiga

January 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Eunuchs Discussing the Karma Sutra – “The White Tiger: A Novel” -by Aravind Adiga · Democracy, India, Politics, Quotes

Like eunuchs discussing the Kama Sutra, the voters discuss the elections in Laxmangarh.

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