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The things you gotta do

This leaflet arrived in our letter box this morning. It’s 12cm by 23cm, on heavy paper / light card, with glossy print. Not cheap.

Side 1:
We listened. We learned. And WorkChoices is dead.

(Description: White print on blue background. “We listened. We learned. And WorkChoices is dead.”)

Side 2:
We will not bring back Workchoices.  WorkChoices is dead.  WorkChoices is dead and any suggestion to the contrary is wrong.  (Signed) Tony Abbott.  Stand up for Australia. Stand up for real action.

(Description: White print on blue background. “We will not bring back Workchoices. WorkChoices is dead. WorkChoices is dead and any suggestion to the contrary is wrong.” (Signed) Tony Abbott. Photo of Abbott sitting at a table, flanked by senior Liberal MPs, looking chairman-of-the-boardish. He is holding his hand out in explanatory mode and speaking. The others are listening. “Stand up for Australia. Stand up for real action.”)

Evidently Liberal party polling is telling them that workers vote too. I wonder how wide the distribution of this leaflet is. For the record, I’m in Adelaide, in the Sturt electorate, currently held by Chris Pyne for the Liberals, and likely to stay that way, unless the hometown “We love Julia” effect has an impact.

Australian readers, have you received it?

Crossposted

Oops!

My local federal MP wrote to me this morning. I guess there must be an election looming.

I’m in Sturt, which is held for the Liberals by Chris Pyne. But either Pyne is out of touch, or he doesn’t know how to act quickly, or his campaign is broke, so he can’t afford to throw away material he has already printed when it is overtaken by events.

Take a look at these bits of bumpf.

Not one mention of Julia Gillard in Pyne’s letter about the proposed excess-profits tax on mining companies. Instead it’s all “Kevin Rudd” and “the Rudd government” and “Mr Rudd”.

More than that, Gillard has stolen Pyne’s thunder on this one. Within hours of taking office, she had negotiated a truce with the mining industry, and started talking with them. Pyne’s letter is now just another item for the recycling bin.

Get up to speed, chaps!