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The Australian elections thus far have been the most monotonous processes ever encountered in Australian politics but there are a couple of aspects of it that perhaps should be brought into view.

First of all, Labor's coup-leader, Julia Gillard, keeps waffling on about a 're-elected' Gillard Government as if the coup against Prime Minister Kevin Rudd never happened. I would contest that in this instance, a Gillard Government cannot be re-elected as there was never a Gillard Government in the first place! There was a Rudd Government, elected in 2007 in which coup-leader Gillard became the Deputy Prime Minister, but there was no Gillard Government as such. Thus any statements by Gillard and her wannabees as to a ‘re-elected Gillard Government' are a total nonsense.

I am also rather disappointed by the fact that the removal of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister by Gillard and her grubby off-siders, appears to have been sidelined by a substantial number of political observers when the feelings in relation to Rudd's removal from office is still very much a consideration within the electorate and with the elections just a number of days away, Rudd's political assassination by Labor Party officials and Julia Gillard is still a major issue as the election results on 21 August will clearly show. The problem here is that a dangerous precedent has now been set whereby Prime Ministers can be removed by party officials, the Labor NSW mafia in Rudd's case, without the electorate, or the voting public, having a say in the matter. Thus Australia may, in future, be ruled by party officials rather than elected ones, a scenario that, in my view, the Australian voting public can and should put an end to through the ballot box. The next opportunity for that to happen will be in March 2011 when the State of New South Wales will go to the polls.

On the other side of the political equation, there is Tony Abbott and his Liberal/National coalition parties. Thus far, there has been very little that Abbott has had to say or has had on offer short of going back to the mean and nasty, and internationally illegal, days of the Howard era. Yet, if the various polls are any guide at the moment, Abbott may well become Australia's next Prime Minister which, in itself, is a frightening thought. Should Abbott be elected it would mean that Australia would have gone backwards in political terms rather than progressed in any meaningful way

And then there are the Australian Greens. I would describe the Greens as a political party with a vision but without any firm ‘ways and means' policies to carry them through. In all, the Greens provide a lot of waffle and wishful thinking but little or no substance.

So there you have it. The totality of an Australian election in a few sentences.

My name is Henk Luf.

And That's The Way It is.

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