We live-blogged the debate last night though nothing really emerged from it, except of course the big Labor announcement.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) August 11, 2013
Labor policy announcement
- A re-elected Labor government would introduce a marriage equality bill in the first 100 days of office, and allow a conscience vote on the issue.
- Kevin Rudd also announced his “Step into Skills” program, which would cost $35 million, to help young, disadvantaged job seekers become more employable.
Coalition policy announcement
- Tony Abbott kept quiet until the debate, then denied most allegations put to him by Mr Rudd, including the “GST scare campaign”.
Our “Must Read” today is targeted at our broad international reader-base, some of whom face the prospect of being “locked out” this election.
The news sent Labor staffers into a spin, with the party believing a large proportion of those facing expulsion are would-be ALP voters – you know, youthful travelling types.
Quote of the day
Today’s quote goes to a non-pollie, though someone well-connected to them. On the ABC’s Insiders program, The Advertiser’s national political editor and regular ABC guest Mark Kenny described the Labor party’s candidate dilemmas:
“Labor’s got two kinds of candidates: Rolled gold, and just rolled.”
Tweet of the day
— Christine Milne (@ChristineMilne) August 11, 2013
That’s right, Milno, it was “Debate Night.”
After the contenders straightening their ties, and furious flossed their teeth, before pushing a few last minute pins in their respective voodoo dolls.
Rudd put out this last minute Twitter call out:
Abbott didn’t have time to tweet anything debate-related, he was probably too busy choking on the fumes of his own testosterone in Sydney somewhere.
When the action finally got underway awkward hand gesturing was abound; same goes for snide sideways glances proliferate. Unfortunately, we didn’t cop a “The Oxford English dictionary defines…”
— Kimberley Thomson
Slip of the day
In the battle for social media supremacy, it seems Tony Abbott’s camp resorted to some dirty tactics to try and catch Kevin Rudd.
Over the course of a 12-hour period on the weekend, Abbott’s Twitter account gained approximately 70,000 followers, most of whom were reportedly fake. The Sydney Morning Herald detailed the shady stat padding on Abbott’s account, including a denial from the Liberal party that anything untoward was going on.
Someone needs to teach him – and his camp – the true path to social media cult status: selfies and kitten videos.