Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Extra! Extra! Read all about it! MAN SENDS EMAIL TO OPPOSITION LEADER!"

Is this supposed to be a news story? Basically it amounts to the headline "Man sends email to Baillieu", which provides a rather flimsey opportunity for the Fairfax media to beat the gay marriage drum once more.

We have a State election coming up here in Victorian in November. As I have mentioned before on this 'ere blog, I am very impressed by my local member, James Merlino. A Catholic and a man of principle, he is also a minister in the current Labor Government, and this may be the first time in my life that I "cross the floor" and vote Labor. And while I am not particularly impressed by the present government, the paper today did contain two other bits of information. First, the "man sends email" article also contained the closing point that that "Premier John Brumby, like Prime Minister Julia Gillard, is opposed to same-sex marriage", and a separate article, "Euthanasia Debate Back on the Agenda", reports:
Premier John Brumby, who has long opposed euthanasia laws, said there were no plans for the government to re-examine the matter, or refer the issue to the law commission.
That doesn't entirely reassure me, but makes me feel a bit better about my current voting intention.

Keep an eye on Western Australia today too - and a pray for their government. They are voting on Euthanasia legislation there today.


At Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:37:00 pm , Anonymous Matthias said...

Schutz James Merlino may be a good catholic etc but in the current State Government he would be one of the few. My concern is that the ALP will do anything to stay in power and will do adeal with the toxic Greens ,just look at the appalling support Greens MP Colleen Hartland gave to Abortion law Reform and she is sounding like the same for Euthanasia. i know that Right to life will be giivng out the voting intentions of candidates ,and i will follow that ,however the Brimby Government needs to get kicked out-they have been in too long and there is a smell of arrogance ,incompetence and secrecy around them. I said the same for the Kennett Government and did vote Labor but never again

At Thursday, September 23, 2010 10:47:00 pm , Anonymous Tony said...

Of course it's news, David! This was not just a 'man' as you described him, it was a prominent member of the party in the context of an immanent election.

It would be news if a Labor insider, even an anonymous one, leaked information that was damaging to the leader. In fact I think there was a case of that happening on the federal scene recently ...

Just because it's about and issue that pushes your buttons, doesn't mean it's not news.

Your shrill headline is a pretty good example of getting a little carried away. Are you sure you're not a closet sub-editor?

At Thursday, September 23, 2010 10:47:00 pm , Anonymous Schütz said...

But what assurance do we have that a Liberal Baillieu-led government would be any different?

At Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:03:00 pm , Anonymous Matthias said...

With respect Tony ,are you always so ornery??

At Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:03:00 pm , Anonymous Schütz said...

Headlines for a story are as important in a blog as it is for a newspaper! The idea is to capture attention. Perhaps you have identified a hidden skill...

At Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:16:00 pm , Anonymous Tony said...

There you go, David, I'm good for something!

At Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:16:00 pm , Anonymous Matthias said...

What about that marxist quote (Groucho) "Iwould not join any club that has me for a member'?

At Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:19:00 pm , Anonymous Matthias said...

I do not know but we do need a change :
trains to run on time.
a new dam to be built
child protection to be better handled.
Hospitals handling surgical waiting lists better.
Weed the Greens from the Garden State

Yes i know the LNP did the same but we need a change other wise the words "good and Government" could not be used as an adjective

At Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:22:00 pm , Anonymous Tony said...

“I cannot say that I do not disagree with you” -- Groucho Marx


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