WMWS considers an alternative show focus and then remembers the people who don’t have the luxury of tuning out. To hell with hot takes on This Is Definitely What Went Wrong - we have some ideas as to how progressives (and not a stung ALP lurching to the right) can build to a victory over Scummo in 2022.
In the week in which an egg was rolled gently off the temporary Prime Minister's head in Albury (this text and the episode title being the only reference to it since we didn't actually mention it in the episode), a bumper episode featuring
00:01:05 Voting ideas!
00:06:51 far right's new low (seriously)
00:08:26 Letterbox horror
00:16:48 Threatening renters 1 - Dutton's creepy letterbox harrassment
00:20:48 Reader refugee rent offer!
00:25:18 The centrepice of the Libs' campaign "launch" - their new plan to make housing even less affordable (immediately endorsed by Labor!)
00:32:34 Frydenberg admits they haven't modelled their signature housing policy
00:42:16 Frydenberg admits his fake "surplus" for next year won't exist if he gets to do his EWL promise
00:46:40 Threatening renters 2 - real estate agents threatening tenants with lies about the election
00:52:01 What is this "$387bn higher taxes" line and why is it bullshit
00:57:32 Man dies waiting for DSP
01:05:22 Scummo "respects" women
01:11:17 Scummo's plan for new religious powers before the end of the year
01:25:47 Space Invader vs Pacman
01:27 Losing candidates
04:59 Social media pasts
08:46 Climate costing
13:11 Pity the ALP won't defend it
16:39 If the ALP won't, then point out the redistribution upwards happening under the LNP
18:00 730 overly sympathetic to Frankenboomers - or were they?
24:55 childcare, or as Dan Tehan calls it, communism
27:21 Bill Shorten being an absolute d*ckhead and endorsing turnbacks
29:00 Working through the hideous Victorian senate ballot paper
34:23 Clive "you can make a lot of money if you don't pay your workers" Palmer
35:10 Pauline "why are all the racist grifters I nominate bad men" Hanson
39:36 Scummo embarrassing himself
40:55 Mark Latham being worse
42:15 But Sky is getting worried.
Below is the nightmare Victorian Senate ballot paper, in the order determined by random chance. As you can see, progressive candidates did very badly, and the ballot is filled with right-wing cranks and lunatics. The Libs are at the very top. The ALP is way down the bottom - worse, it’s after the far-right “Labour DLP”, which will cause confusion. The ballot highlights how silly it is having a system where people with a few hundred bucks who register a party with a misleading name in April have the same chance of being at the top of the paper as a real party people have heard of.
I’d suggest the solution is that the ballot is in order of who got the most votes last time. No more “Liberal Democrats” getting ahead of the Liberal Party, or the “Labour DLP” being ahead of the ALP. No more trading on confusion.
Anyway, that won’t happen, so here we are. What to do?
And here is a link to a ranking engine used by boardgame geeks to rank their boardgame collections: https://www.pubmeeple.com/board-game-ranking-engine/
It can be used for ranking any list. Like, say, a list of candidates for the Senate in Victoria.
And here is a text list of all the candidates on the Victorian Senate ballot for 2019. If you copy and paste it into the ranking engine, it will pull up two parties at a time and ask you to pick the one you’d prefer if it came down to the two of them at the end. One of them was going to get that last senate seat. It’s down to you. Which is the least bad option? Which would you prefer to see lose? I would suggest ranking candidates and parties that are unclear about what they stand for just above the ones that are outright bad (the LNP) and those ones above the ones that are outright evil (PHON), and the single issue parties where you don’t know how they’d vote on anything other than that issue just above those. Then the ok parties (the ALP) above them and the good parties (the Greens) at the top.
At the end it will generate a list in order of your preferences as you’ve expressed them. Hopefully that’s helpful.
B Republican Party of Australia
C Socialist Equality Party
D The Small Business Party
E Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
F United Australia Party
G Shooters, Fishers and Farmers
H Climate Action! Immigration Action! Accountable Politicians! (formerly Senator Online)
I Derryn Hinch's Justice Party
J Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party
K Citizens Electoral Council
L Australian Democrats
M Independents for Climate Action Now
N Liberal Democrats
O Secular Party of Australia
P Labour DLP
Q Pauline Hanson's One Nation
R Pirate Party
S Voteflux.org Upgrade Democracy
T Australian Workers Party
U Animal Justice Party
V The Greens (VIC)
W Rise Up Australia Party
X Australian Labor Party
Y Sustainable Australia
Z Sunny Chandra & Robert Whitehill
AA Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party
AB Australian Conservatives
AC The Great Australian Party
AD Health Australia Party
AE Yellow Vest Australia
Kieran joins Denise and Jeremy to discuss journalists vs naughty twitterers (Karvelas, Uhlmann) and a plethora of sudden surprise giant mines in addition to Adani. Amongst other things.