Opinion and Analysis

One of the biggest hurdles in getting rid of what is essentially a do-nothing government in Victoria, come the November 29 state election, is the fact that the Victorian Labor opposition isn't all that inspiring. Daniel Andrews, as a leader, does not strike me as an alternate Premier; and given that we're now so close to an election, Daniel Andrews should have already been standing up as an alternate leader, leading an alternate government, making very explicit points of difference.

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Those who keep their eyes and ears focussed on what is going on internationally as far as politics and other related developments are concerned, even if only vaguely, will know that there is a lot of talk about terrorism and the so-called “Islamic State” who are the culprits of some of the most barbaric and despicable acts imaginable. 

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I attended the March in August Geelong rally yesterday, which was a rally against the Abbott government's 2014 budget. Below are some of the photos I took at the event. Some of these photos are to be featured in the Geelong Advertiser on September 1, 2014. EDIT: photos featured in the Geelong Advertiser are noted below.

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I today got the opportunity to check out the abandoned old Geelong Power Station - Geelong B (fun fact: this power station was decommissioned in 1970 - more than four decades ago) and with my camera handy, I got snapping. The walls both outside and inside the place are almost completely donned in graffiti (some of it artistic in nature, a lot of it not so much; you can probably tell which is which looking through the below photos) and the place itself is run down and dilapidated - the combination of which made for some interesting end results.

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Darryn Lyons being a member of the Liberal Party is something anyone who bothered to do any actual research on him already knew. Now it seems his affiliation with the Liberal Party is becoming ever so more clear in the eyes of the masses, including those who voted for him in last year's mayoral election.

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It seems that the national coordinators of the March Australia movement didn't learn their lesson from the Bust the Budget rallies back in July this year: that focus works.

What do I mean by focus? I mean, focusing a march or a rally on a very specific contentious issue. Back in July, the obvious contentious issue was the federal budget and its attacks on the most vulnerable in our society. Today, the obvious contentious issue is still the federal budget for the exact same reasons.

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It is like I am in a parallel universe of something. Clive Palmer actually caring about the environment and supporting Green policies? Tell me I'm dreaming.

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The Perfect Storm...
16 January 2014

Photograph of the lightning storm that occurred in my hometown last night (as of time of posting).

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I guess this drawing is all the more relevant now...

Because the reality is, there is only one government, or one person, or one group of people to blame for this; and that is the increasingly conservative Liberal Party headed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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