2013 Federal Election - 7th September

 
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
True, but their target market is not us, but the Asian people who are not permitted to gamble in their own countries. Superstar cruises load up their ships in Singapore with Asian gamblers who go into the on-board casino and do not emerge till the voyage is over.
"TheBlacksmith"
We had a Bluebird car here decked out with pokies that the blue rinses would board for trips to Broken Hill to play on the way when such devices were formerly prohibited in SA.

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  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Speaking of pokies, it will be interesting to see if the pokies reforms initiated by Xenophon and Wilkie get cancelled.  They'll probably need the senate to sign off on that one but I did hear before the election that Clubs Australia was lobbying to Coalition very hard to remove the pre-committment technology (among other things).

I've met lots of people who've lost everything because of pokies and it's usually a trigger like a marriage break-up or ill health that starts it... you'd be surprised how ordinary problem gamblers are, so you're better to just not touch them under any circumstances.  There's a lot of research to suggest that a large proportion (depending on which research you read, at least 40%) of pokies revenues comes from people classified as having 'problem gambling' so there's a lot of vested interests in keeping that flow of money going.  State governments also have a pronounced conflict of interest because there are still enormous rivers of cash coming in from pokies and they are determined to underplay the problem; that's why the Commonwealth intervention is so important.

Personally I find pokies the most boring thing on earth but I still think we have a duty of care to stop people from jumping off the cliff rather than just keep an ambulance at the bottom.
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
I was watching Mr. Abattoir on the news last night, and it was interesting to observe his demeanour.

Compared to when he was the hard-hitting Oppo leader, he's now greatly resembling the proverbial stunned mullet, as if he still can't believe that he's actually pulled it off.

Maybe that should be "stunned budgie" Razz
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Maybe he is just getting down to work instead of prancing around the place like the last PM.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Maybe he is just getting down to work instead of prancing around the place like the last PM.
Donald
And the two before...
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
Maybe he is just getting down to work instead of prancing around the place like the last PM.
Donald
....and maybe not. Maybe he is merely giving the impression of getting down to work etc. After all, giving the impression(s) of, is what politics is all about, isn't it? As in, not what is, but what is seen to be.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
....and maybe not. Maybe he is merely giving the impression of getting down to work etc. After all, giving the impression(s) of, is what politics is all about, isn't it? As in, not what is, but what is seen to be.
wurx
Methinks the rust is showing.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

Albo * Shorten both said that Labor was wrong about putting single parents on New Start instead of the single parent pension. But did they not go far enough?

I wonder how many votes they would have got if they were to scrap the single parent pension, except in exceptional circumstances? Just have the Aged/Senior pension, and disabled pension.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Albo * Shorten both said that Labor was wrong about putting single parents on New Start instead of the single parent pension. But did they not go far enough?

I wonder how many votes they would have got if they were to scrap the single parent pension, except in exceptional circumstances? Just have the Aged/Senior pension, and disabled pension.
Newcastle Express
As someone who worked in Job Network type jobs for some years I have to agree with that; some women (occasionally dads) had no concept of the need to get off their behinds and participate in society like normal people; raising kids isn't that hard once they're off being institutionalised at school.  Why should you be paid to sit at home watching Ellen drinking cheap cask wine?  All Parenting Payment advocated was incentive to have another baby once you were in danger of losing it - not the best reason to bring kids into the world.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

I'm not saying I agree or disagree with it, but just asking a question.

Hacking fear if electronic vote replaces pencil, paper:
http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1791867/hacking-fear-if-electronic-vote-replaces-pencil-paper/?cs=12
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
I'm not saying I agree or disagree with it, but just asking a question.

Hacking fear if electronic vote replaces pencil, paper:
http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1791867/hacking-fear-if-electronic-vote-replaces-pencil-paper/?cs=12
Newcastle Express
This type of luddite behaviour really annoys me. If billions of dollars of financial transactions can be handled online each day, on what grounds can they dismiss electronic voting?
  Fireman Dave Chief Commissioner

Location: Shh, I'm hiding
Electronic voting has been used for pre poll voting in the ACT. It seems a good system.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
This type of luddite behaviour really annoys me. If billions of dollars of financial transactions can be handled online each day, on what grounds can they dismiss electronic voting?
"michaelgreenhill"
Exactly! Because some old guy sitting there who can barely master looking your name up on a alphabetical list asking 'Have you voted in this election before?' is security level expert.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
I'm fast becoming impressed with our new foreign minister, Julie Bishop.  Not only did she show gratitude last week toward Julia Gillard for being a trailblazer but today she also acknowledged that it was a good thing for us to be on the UN Security Council helping out on the world stage.

Also, it might be time to start a new thread about the performance of the new government rather than carry on this one about the election (as it's long since been run!).
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Also, it might be time to start a new thread about the performance of the new government rather than carry on this one about the election (as it's long since been run!).
don_dunstan
Duly noted. Please, be our guest...

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