Federal election day, 2013
Well that's a wrap for the 2013 federal election. The Labor government led by Kevin Rudd has been voted out of office and the Liberal coalition led by the sloganeering "trust me" Tony Abbott has been voted in. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, don't blame me. These sort of political changes have happened before, and as the ocean levels continue to rise from global warming even the new PM will be obliged to react when his favourite beach disappears. As you can tell from the above set of photos taken when we went to vote yesterday morning, democratic elections around here are fairly civilised, peaceful affairs - no military tanks, bloody riots or tear gas. The worst part is running the gauntlet of relatively polite volunteers handing out how-to-vote suggestions for their favourite candidates. Fremantle's Labor incumbent Melissa Parke retained her House of Representatives seat and Greens senator Scott Ludlam retained his. They both got my support.
However, much more exciting was the televised lunchtime football game between Fremantle and the Victorian side, Geelong. Freo put in a sensational effort and came away victorious. The final score was 12.15 (87) to 9.18 (72). The West Australian has described the win as the greatest in the Freo club's history. They now have two weeks rest before the next game, which if they win will put them in the Grand Final.
© MMXIII Paul R. Weaver.
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