Did you watch the Penrith Twitter debate involving Kristina Keneally, Barry O’Farrell and Lee Rhiannon among others. Well you didn’t miss much.
It was meant to be a chance for the people of Penrith, in Sydney’s west, to ask questions of politicians in the lead up to upcoming by-election in Penrith.
I believe this is the first time a debate like this has been tried on twitter and I hope it is the last. What a waste of bandwidth.
It was confusing, disjointed, crowded, unorganised and without any form at all. Maybe this was the point of using this medium, to allow an uncensored and unmoderated open debate on issues concerning people. Well I don’t think this was achieved.
The reason I think this medium was chosen was perhaps a badly thought out attempt to connect with the people (surely not from NSW politicians) but I really think it was just a lazy way to do a bit of electioneering.
A word of advise to anyone considering doing this again don’t.
It doesn’t work and unless twitter comes up with a better tool for this type of discussion it won’t work. Stick to the good television debate or the bear pit of the NSW Parliament.
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Poor Kristina Keneally doesn’t seem to be having much luck lately.
First David Campbell leaves the front bench to deal with personal issues after his secret gay life is exposed and then she looses two more Minsters in one day. What can go wrong next? I know lets just insult the whole of Australia by down playing Barry O’Farrell’s Kokoda trail achievement as something so easy even Miss Australia has done it. Nice work Kristina.
Kristina Keneally made the gibe at Barry O’Farrell saying “Well, so did Miss Australia – so congratulations, Barry.” after he had used his completion of the trail as proof of his personal strength in a media interview.
Clearly Kristina doesn’t fully understand the significance of the Kokoda Trail to Australia. By down playing Barry O’Farrell’s effort she has insulted not only all Australians but the soldiers that that made this trek out of necessity during World War II and people who have completed the Kokoda Trail since then. She has also insulted all Australian women by suggesting that if a women, and more particularly 2007 Miss Australia winner Caroline Pemberton, can complete the trail then I can’t be so hard.
I would suggest that perhaps Kristina needs to do the Kokoda Trail and even though she claims it is something she would like to do when her kids are older I would suggest that the sooner the better. Until then maybe a bit of research about the Kododa Trail and perhaps the broader subject of Australia history would be in order.
Perhaps some research of the people that Barry O’Farrell did the trail with wouldn’t have gone astray either as Caroline Pemberton is an experienced adventure racer and one of his other fellow participants was Liberal Upper House MP Charlie Lynn has completed the trail 59 times, so Barry O’Farrell was not among beginners by any means.
After the shock loss of two Ministers when Ian McDonald and Graham West resigned from their Ministries the Keneally Government was in a state of panic. Not only did it have to fill two more ministries but it will now have to go into damage control again over Ian McDonald’s alleged travel rorts.
The New South Wales Labor Government would seem to have quite a task ahead of them if they are going to have any success in the next state election in March 2011. Kristina Keneally certainly hasn’t made the task any easier and has perhaps shown how out of touch she is with the people who she claims to represent.
I certainly look forward to an interesting election campaign that seems to be developing in New South Wales. I am sure it will provide many interesting points for discussion.
It seems that the NSW Labor Government can’t get an even break these days. Part of this is their won fault and other parts are, for want of a better word, bad luck.
The latest set back to befall the NSW Government are the David Campbell Affair and the revelation that no major improvements are going to be made to the road system until 2026.
My feeling on the David Campbell affair is that it is a case of grubby politics. I can’t help but feel that this has come out at such an opportune time for the Liberal Opposition and at a target they wanted for such a long time.
The fact that David Campbell is gay does not affect his ability to represent his constituents and carry out his ministerial duties. Perhaps being hidden does damage his credibility a bit but I can understand why he did chose to hide his sexuality. He grew up and would have come to realise his sexuality in less accepting times and effects of passed attitudes would have been heavily imprinted in his mind making it scary to come out in the first place and almost impossible to come out once he had created his life with a heterosexual cloak. You can only imagine how he could have felt all these years.
Anyway moving on. I feel this is mostly a private matter between David Campbell, his wife and his children. It is sure to be a difficult time and I hope they are able to get through it in good shape.
So why do I think it is grubby politics? Well like I said it is mostly a private matter. David Campbell has not broken any laws or parliamentary rules. He has always represented his electorate well and been a good hard working Parliamentarian. Where things get grubby is when I wonder why a reporter was hanging around the front of a gay venue waiting for David Campbell to leave, and who told him he would be there. It seems like a lucky break or the reporter was given information from someone who wanted to bring David Campbell down. I don’t think anyone is about to tell us what the truth is and we will all be left to make our own conclusions. I think some significant conclusions to come from the footage are that David Campbell was sneaking out a back entrance or trying to hide from anyone as he was leaving this building. The NSW Opposition has been after David Campbell for a long time and it just seems too convenient that this happened in way that they not even got any dirt on their hands with the Opposition hardly even making a comment on the matter. Enough of that for now. I am sure those of us intelligent enough to know how politics works will know why this has been revealed in this way at this time.
It has also been revealed that the NSW Government has no plans to make any further significant improvements to the Sates road network until atleast 2026.
This is quite unbelievable. Anyone who travels in Sydney or uses the states other major roads knows that there is an urgent need for a significant upgrade of the road system in NSW. This is another example of the failure of the NSW Labor Government to properly run the State of NSW. The most unfortunate thing in my opinion is that there doesn’t really seem to be any good alternatives on the opposite side of NSW politics.
One thing is for sure. The Labor Government is going to have hard task in the up coming state election and the people of NSW have some hard decisions to make. Keep the current non performing Government or elect a seemingly ineffective Opposition. A tough decision, which way will the people decide?
A recent Newspoll survey has found that an increasing number of people would prefer Julia Gillard as the Labour Party leader over Kevin Rudd.
So could Australia be ready for a female Prime Minister? It shouldn’t really matter whether a person is male or female, black or white. It should only matter whether they are qualified to do the job, we all know that human nature won’t let this be so and there is this barrier that exists whether we like to admit or not.
Julia Gillard has already come out and said that she will not be challenging for the leadership and I would imagine that it wouldn’t be a good move before the next election. Perhaps she will wait until some time after the election. Perhaps if Labor loose, and this seems to be increasingly likely, the Julia will become leader. If they win, will Kevin Rudd give up the Prime Ministers job. I don’t think that will happen willingly.
So it looks likely Julia Gillard’s options will be to take up the Opposition Leaders position if they loose, or a leadership challenge if they win.
Whether she is actually able to do the job. Well I don’t know. I guess you can only know after she is given a chance.
Either way if Australia does get a female Prime Minister I hope is because they are the best for the job at the time and not just because they are a woman.