Sunday, September 12, 2010
HOW MR RABBIT ALMOST GOT THE NUMBERS
Last December Tony Abbott won a ballot to wrest the leadership of the Liberal Party from Malcolm Turnbull. The margin was one vote - his own.
Seven months later he came within two House of Representatives votes of wresting the national leadership from Julia Gillard - this time his own vote did not quite get him there.
Mr Rabbit ran for our highest office on a platform of abandoning plans to bring high-speed broadband to nearly everyone in Australia, his view being "what's wrong with telegrams?"
He also promised to "stop the boats" - turn away the small number of refugees who manage to reach our shores, and push them back out into the high seas in their sinking boats. He proposed too a "royal telephone," so he could make informed, on the spot decisions on people at risk in the Indian Ocean, from his office in Canberra.
On the basis of these visionary policies, the Australian electorate - whose wisdom must never ever be called into account - put the action figure with the penguin walk within a saunter of The Lodge.
How did he achieve that, really? Were we dreaming, having a collective nightmare, or were we all placed under some kind of delusional mass hypnosis?
The answer is below. And remember, pictures don't lie - except sometimes, when they do.