Thanks for bumping - it took me a while to realize that it wasn't the current election that was being discussed. It has indeed been 'beautiful in its ugliness'! I do like Julia's new glasses and I just can't take Abbot seriously as a leader. But the fact that Julia is only there because big mining wants her to be worries me deeply. Watching that union leader chap (who's name escapes me) announce loudly that the unions have her back just reinforced the fact that it isn't the humble ma and pa voter that put her there. To have the Greens decide that they didn't want to share the Doona anymore with the Labour party only serves to highlight the fact that big mining is driving the political agenda. Sigh.... I'll still be voting Green, but it seems like a pointless exercise as they are unlikely to hold the balance of power (correct me if I'm wrong). The other choices seem like Tweedledee and Tweedledum!