Australia -- Once again it is election time in Australia and there is an
electric buzz in the air, even more than usual because this race hasn’t exactly
been a smooth-sailing run-of-the-mill campaign so far.
started on June 24 when Julia Gillard replaced then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to
become the first female PM of Australia, a move no one saw coming, including
two weeks ago, Gillard announced an election would be held August 21, a move
that everyone who has an ounce of intelligence saw coming.
the election campaign has been packed with pledges, promises and political
punches from competitors on opposing sides of the political ring.
get familiar with the candidates, shall we?
pulled one massive hood over K-Rudd’s eyes last month, Gillard has been accused
of savagely sticking a hell of a knife into his back.
as deputy prime minister in the Rudd’s Labor administration, she has been privy
to the inner workings of a legitimately popular, trustworthy and genuine
is also a fiery redhead with the brains and confidence to be the face of
Abbott, leader of the Australian Liberal Party for the past eight month s, has
become cemented into Australian politics as a conservative and deeply religious
iron-man who has had more than his fair share of verbal disagreements with
has also been the butt of many a joke after being photographed in skin-tight
speedos while supporting Australia’s lifesavers. (I advise you not to look up
the photos, they’re a little disturbing.)
And let the fight begin…
first televised leaders’ debate a week ago – which many dubbed a bland and
uninspiring sparing match – provided a fascinating preview of where Australia
could be heading.
each of the candidates made the mandatory rounds of the states and kissed a few
babies on the trail, we finally reached the ‘great debates.’
excited I was, I had even circled it on my calendar, despite my extreme
frustration that it was rescheduled for an early time so that it wouldn’t clash
with the finale of Masterchef Australia.
that included everything from the economy to climate change and sustainability
to immigration, both party leaders put forth their plans on how best to move