Topic: election Oz 2007
Picture: The ugly face of capitalism? Malcolm Turnbull, federal environment minister electorate office in Bronte Rd Bondi Junction taken Monday 31st August 07 by the editor.
We read about the bunker of the ALP candidate for federal seat of Wentworth, Mayor George Newhouse. It's located in the Media Union building in Redfern in Chalmers St actually outside the electorate. We were told a shopfront would be organised in the electorate when the election was called.
We intended to mostly stay away from this contest except for some recycled leaflets. But when Kevin Rudd, Opposition Leader made a love pact with forest killers in Tasmania 7 days earlier we decided that rather than distribute a crate full of Not Happy John leaflets from 2004 in Double Bay or Bellevue Hill, it just seemed irrelevant. If Newhouse was Rudd's proxy in Wentworth, as he is quoted in the Australian Financial Review August colour magazine, then he is not much use to forest lovers like this writer either.
So we dumped them at Mal Turnbull's office so they can shred them. And that's from a writer who was once a candidate pulling 10% in the 1995 state election for the overlapping seat of Vaucluse, then a member of the Green Party.
At least we got to recycle our old printer cartridges just down the road George's bunker, as a copter hovered over the nearby AFP building.
Postscript #1 3rd Aug 07
Looks like a Daily Telegraph campaign here, after article 2 days earlier (above re 'toff Mal Turnbull' of Coalition side of politics, who ironically came from quite difficult poor childhood in fact). Front page with spill to page 7 today 3rd of August 07 complete with picture of young mothers with kids (as per our image near bottom right walking past the toner shop).