This man today launched his 2007 Senate re-election campaign. He’s already marked out his principal opponent as this……..err …… woman.
From the point of view of having someone in the Senate who presents a rational, logical and well considered approach to the political atmosphere which pervades the place which was once known as the House of Review, I’d much rather see Andrew Bartlett in there representing Queensland, than Madam Carrot-Top.
Andrew posted about his Senate tilt earlier this year, althou at that time, it didn’t look as though Hansen would be his major threat. Should the major parties schmooze their way into Pauline’s preferences (eeeew, that reads badly), regardless of how poorly she polls, what vote she does garner might still spell the end of Bartlett rationality.
Those Australian Democrat Senators facing re-election this time around, apart from Andrew Bartlett, are:
- Natasha Stott-Despoya – already declared herself a non-starter and headed for retirement or other worthwhile cause;
- Lyn Allison – current party leader
- Andrew Murray – that redoubtable seat holder from W.A. who, in my opinion, is the most worthwhile person to listen to when he rises to speak. Andrew Murray is also headed for the retirement pasture, sadly.
Four very valuable seats, at the least, up for grabs for the major parties. Yet more opportunity for real democracy to be voided if either of the major parties manage to secure these seats. My advice to voters this year, especially in consideration of the House of Review and the abuses enacted by the current government with it’s balance of power numbers, is to think carefully before you mark that square on the ballot paper. The Senate is perhaps the only place where you can really make a difference, preferential voting not withstanding.