Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Compass

I've always found the ABC's Compass program to be very intersting. Last Sunday's show was definately one of it's best. The program interviewed the leaders of the five main parties (Liberal, Labour, Nationals, Greens and Democrats) about their beliefs and ideals.

There are a few things that really stick out in my mind. Democrats leader Bartlett was very evasive... maybe he's just not comfortable talking about these issues. Howard was the perfect politician we expect him to be. Never really committed to anything. Latham and Bob Brown seemed to have a distinct idealistic streak, and their ideals seem to be somewhat aligned with mine.. Though Brown did say that he's not exactly a Humanist.

Of all of them, it was Nationals leader Anderson who I found the most interesting / worrysome. This guy is really a Christian Fundamentalist. He's fit right into G W Bush's Republican Party. Mind you, Howard isn't too far from Anderson : "[I] regard the Judaeo-Christian influence on Australia as the single greatest influence for good in the Australian community".

A full transcript of the program is available here.

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