Australia Dumps Howard

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    Looks like Bush-Lite, Little Johnny Howard got his butt kicked. Guess the Aussie's had enough. Might be only the second sitting PM EVER to lose his seat. Wow!

    http://www.theage.com.au/

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/feder...to-historic-win/2007/11/24/1195753376406.html
     
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    And when in 96 the sitting Speaker of the House lost his seat, were you making the same jumps for joy? Ohh wait, no you were not because he was a liberal Democrat.

    I would say it is a good thing that he lost his position, since that was the will of the electorate. As for what it means? Very little, read the article, the only change will be 550 combat troops will be pulled out of Iraq, all the support and training troops will in fact remain.

    There will be no major International change at all, except that Australia will get to be like Europe and sign a treaty they have no intention of abiding by. A treaty that if strictly followed would have almost zero effect on the dire predictions made when it was created. To remind you, .7 percent reduction in 100 years , that is right, less than 1 percent change. And the treaty does not even include the up and coming environmental pollutors at all.
     
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    Blair gone. Howard gone. Bush about to go. Finally some good news with Democracy...
     
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    Howard's Reign in Australia Is Over

    By ROHAN SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer

    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd swept to power in Australian elections Saturday, ending an 11-year conservative era and promising major changes to policies on global warming and his country's role in the Iraq war.

    "Today Australia has looked to the future," Rudd said in a nationally televised victory speech, to wild cheers from supporters. "Today the Australian people have decided that we as a nation will move forward ... to embrace the future, together to write a new page in our nation's history."

    The win marked a humiliating end to the career of outgoing Prime Minister John Howard, who became Australia's second-longest serving leader — and who had appeared almost unassailable as little as a year ago.



    In other news

    Polands new government announces it will withdraw its troops from Iraq in 2008.
     
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    So the only point to this thread is the fact that it doesn't matter that appeasing pussies are being elected just so long as you think they won't support Bush.

    You're such a blind, partisan sheep.

    So what's the big policy change on Global Warming going to be, huh? Does this mean Australia is going to agree to "do something" about something no has yet identified the true cause of? Yippee-ki-yi-ya, M-F-er.
     
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    Actually, it was *my* thread, GL. :eusa_snooty:

    If you recall, when Sarkozy was elected in France, the neo-cons were busy chest-thumping about how it was vindication for Baby Bush and his policies. By the same token, can't we view Australia's total and complete rejection of Johnny Howard and his policies as a rejection of his efforts to become Bush-Lite?

    That isn't being a sheeple, that's a realistic assessment of the political climate in Oz.
     
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    Why is anyone surprised? If the war in Iraq and Bush is highly unpopular in this country, why wouldn't it also be elsewhere? Plus, Australia is seeing their housing bubble pop, just like America. Tack onto the fact that Howard had been PM for 12 years, which is very long in any democracy. It would have been shocking had Howard won, especially when you consider that apart from Iraq and GW, the two candidates pretty much agreed on everything else.
     
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    Yup, No real change is going to occur EXCEPT domestically maybe. But go ahead live it up, but just remember when you spout off about Howard losing his seat I can point out the same thing happened in 96 to the Democrats speaker of the House. Not only did he lose his Speaker job, his district voted him OUT of office. Only has happened to a sitting Speaker a couple times in our history too. And he wasn't speaker for 12 years.
     
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    Iraq was certainly a factor. Howard was also starting to do the same type of thing in Australia that Bush did here in terms of weaking their liberties and increasing government's ability to spy on its citizens. Howard's approval ratings toward the end approximated Bush's. So he got spanked.
     
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    You guy's(and gal's)................:sad: :eusa_wall:
     

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