August 30, 2004

Meanwhile, down-under ...

Australians will be going to the polls to elect a new government on October 9, about a month before US voters decide Dubya's fate. The election date was set by current Aussie prime minister John Howard, and it's no coincidence that he wanted to get his election out of the way before any the results of the November election in the US could have any fallout on Australian politics.

One of the main issues in the Australian election is the relationship of the current government with the US. Howard has been one of the most reliable — some might say servile — supporters of Dubya's foreign policies, and has been a particularly strong supporter of the current US adventure in Iraq. He's also negotiated a free-trade agreement with the US in which many Aussies believe Howard gave away far too much to get far too little from Dubya. Given that Howard is facing a particularly storng Labor party opponent, Mark Latham, you can see why the the PM wasn't about to risk having to face his voters after those in the US sent Dubya packing.

We were going to write a post about the Australian election and why people in the US should care about its outcome, but Tim Dunlop at The Road to Surfdom has written a far better post than we could have. Given that he's Australian (and a shrewd observer of both Aussie and US politics), this magpie is happy to defer to his take on the upcoming election down-under.

Posted by Magpie at August 30, 2004 01:39 PM | Elections | Technorati links |

I can't believe that Ozzies really support Bush! It's amazing. A liberal and progressive continent supporting the US neocons! Whassup mates?

Posted by: Karlo at September 2, 2004 09:44 AM