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Headless Chooks

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  1. Iain Hall says:

    Great find there GD, I even had my Labor voting brother ringing me up this morning saying how much he liked the ad which says something!
    It has also got an airing in the insiders, Bolt and meet the press which is great free plugs in my book.

  2. damage says:

    2007 to the present day summed up in 1 minute.
    GOLD!

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    Is that a Liberal Party election ad? It’s absolutely childish and insulting to the intelligence of the electorate. And I thought Gillard was talking to us like children … if this is how the Liberals intend to campaign they just crossed the line into the how-to-turn-off-voters area. They should dump this and just play it straight. I repeat: it is unf*cking believably childish, condescending, patronising and in poor taste.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    Its funny and intended for social media Ray I know you are a Labor man but it is well done and miles better than the inevitable scare ads that Labor have to be brewing at present, compare it to the Oh so serious “Gonski” ads that are dull and annoying, or the NBN ads that are just flat out Lies the chooks come out Way ahead.

  5. Ray Dixon says:

    Iain, I’m happy for the Libs to go down that path if they choose. The only problem with this ad is for them – it alienates voters.

  6. Iain Hall says:

    Ray
    Its not necessary to have deadly serious ads about policy, because most voters (according to the Polls) have already decided to vote against Labor and there is no point in pretending otherwise.

  7. damage says:

    It will need to alienate a bloody lot of them for it to make any difference Ray. Clearly its not ment to be super serious. More of a cartoon really. Point taken on it though. Might be a little childish, but then again it is an accurate reflection.

  8. Ray Dixon says:

    Its not necessary to have deadly serious ads about policy, because most voters (according to the Polls) have already decided to vote against Labor and there is no point in pretending otherwise

    Yes, Iain, most voters have decided that .. and that’s all the more reason for the Libs to play it straight with “deadly serious” ads rather than ridiculous ones like this one, which will only reflect badly on them. If they (like you) think it just doesn’t matter, then that’s the sort of complacency the public hates. It won’t be enough to see the Libs lose but it might mean the difference between an overwhelming majority and an average one. I repeat: the ad serves the Libs no good at all.

  9. Iain Hall says:

    Ray
    I don’t think that we have an either or situation here at all and that both sides will try to run both serious and funny/satirical ads its going to be a multi faceted campaign.This ad clearly appeals to our sense of humour rather than the intellect, and as I said in my first comment it even made my never voted for anyone other than Labor brother laugh (and he alerted me to it this morning as GD posted it) so I think that things like this will serve the coalition well, as for the majority there is talk of the coalition winning 40 seats at this election and getting the senate as well but I don’t think that it will swing on funny ads like this one.

  10. Ray Dixon says:

    there is talk of the coalition winning 40 seats

    Maybe we should start taking predictions on the number of seats the ALP loses, Iain. The Aus puts it at about 25 – 30 based on long-term polling among other indicators. I’m more inclined to think it’ll be a wipeout, the type of which we’ve never seen before.

    So my prediction is that of the 72 seats the ALP holds, they’ll lose 45.
    And that no independents will get in.
    Oh and that Bandt will lose his Greens seat.

    Meaning the make-up of the 150 seats in the House of Reps will be: Coalition: 123 ALP 27.

    And that’s real disaster territory, not only for the ALP but also for the country. And I blame Gillard and her idiotic, sycophantic inner-sanctum for failing to accept that Gillard was leading them to this. They had a chance to salvage it but …. Kevin who?

  11. Iain Hall says:

    I think that you are in the right Ball park there Ray and that if the ALP gets anything above thirty seats in the house it will be a very good result under the current leadership.
    I think though that Abbott will be a very cautious PM no matter how big his majority is because he will want to consolidate the coalition’s ho;d on the treasury benches over several terms. Which sort of leads me to the one thing that continually fucks up Labor in office they get so tied up with the idea of doing “big” things that they lose sight of doing the little things well to consolidate their position. Part of that must be down to the fact that they have a permanent booking on the wilderness while in opposition and when in office they just try too hard and in doing so they make some whopping big mistakes (MRRT anyone?)

  12. Ray Dixon says:

    Iain, the coalition does not do the big things OR “the little things”. They just sit on their hands and increase taxes for the average taxpayer while giving big tax breaks to their top end mates. There’s no reason to think Abbott will be any different – already it looks like he’ll ditch his paid parental leave scheme. Why? Because it taxes the biggest companies and, given the polls, there’s now no need for him to do it. Don’t think Abbott & his coalition of retrogrades will last more than two terms either, Iain – they are simply not ready to govern and will only get in by default.

  13. Iain Hall says:

    Ray
    You can’t possibly be suggesting that the ALP will re re-electable within two terms they are so fucked up and so on the nose with the voters that if they are in contention within a decade I will be surprised beyond belief. So all that Tony has to do is take things “steady as she goes” and the voters will stand by the Libs.
    As for big business well I tend to think that the coalition will be more inclined to keep them at arms length that the ALP who have been far too keen to toady up to them than the coalition ever have been.

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