Australian Federal Election 2007 on November 24
October 13, 2007 7:48 PM Subscribe
And we're off
! Prime Minister John Howard has set the date for the Australian Federal election as November 24th, meaning we're up for a long six-week campaign. With Kevin Rudd leading the PM by between 16 to 18 points
(depending on who you read) in recent opinion polls, this election seems the most likely to provide a change of Government since Howard was first elected 11 years ago. Antony Green's usual excellent election guide is up and running here
, along with an excellent calculator
which shows which seats are up for grabs dependent on a 2 party preferred
swing. You might also want to check out the Vote-O-Matic
, a fun but entirely disposable quiz which aims to help you decide who you'll vote for.
Metafilter's international readers unfamiliar with the Australian political scene will likely be scratching their heads when trying to figure out just what the hell is going on over here, but this page offers a useful guide as a starting point
. It can be handy to read over whether you're from outside Australia or a true blue Aussie yourself.
Some other excellent Australian election resources include;
Links to some of the contenders web pages;
Australian Labor Party
(plus the Kevin07
Pauline Hanson's United Australia Party
And here's some links to some excellent blogs which will no doubt continue to annoy the mainstream media throughout the campaign.
The Road to Surfdom
Tim Dunlop's Blogocracy
Mind you, the following two blogs are by mainstream media pundits, and right wing columnists Piers Ackerman and Andrew Bolt.
Piers Ackerman's Blog
Andrew Bolt's blog.
And finally, Google's election guide
, seen previously on Metafilter
The next six weeks are going to be long, grueling and if the experts are to be believed, incredibly negative. Strap yourselves in, folks. It's going to be one hell of a ride.