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Offline AemirysTopic starter

Australian and American Politics...
« on: November 17, 2011, 07:23:33 AM »
Just watching President Obama address our (Australian) Parliament, and also watching our politicans address the house, which is just as interesting.

I am hardly the person to start commenting on politics with any great insight but I wanted to start a conversation about Australian/American politics.

Perhaps just Australian politics in genreal but even with my naive insight I doubt one could say that we as Australians are not influenced by America and her politics.

Any insights and comment welcome.......

Offline AemirysTopic starter

Re: Australian and American Politics...
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2011, 07:29:06 AM »
I tip my hat in recognition to the people who prepare and write Obama's speeches....

::chuckles with delight::

Offline Caela

Re: Australian and American Politics...
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2011, 02:23:55 PM »
I tip my hat in recognition to the people who prepare and write Obama's speeches....

::chuckles with delight::

I don't agree with most of the man's politics but I do have to admit he has excellent speech writers and he is a great public speaker.

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Re: Australian and American Politics...
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2011, 08:44:02 PM »
What's the purpose of this address? I didn't realize such a thing was happening.

Truth told, the only thing I know about Australian politics is the ordeal going on with a proper Mature rating for video games.

Offline Caehlim

Re: Australian and American Politics...
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2011, 10:23:53 AM »
Capone,
I haven't been paying much attention to the news lately, but my understanding is that the American President is on some sort of official visit here. While he was here he announced some sort of military alliance that would include U.S. troops training in Australia.

The main impact is that obviously this gives the U.S. a military presence within the region. It's also significant in that Australia is regionally closer to Asia but has been historically and diplomatically closer to America and the west. This is a bit of a slap in the face to China.

It also involves the fact that our current Prime Minister Julia Gillard, recently took over from fellow party member Kevin Rudd in some fairly dirty politics. K. Rudd has always taken a fairly warm stance towards Asia and been a little confrontational towards the U.S.

With elections looming in the near future and the possibility of a leadership challenge in her party I think that Gillard is trying to set herself apart from Rudd and show a difference in political stance that would justify her leadership coup. Plus being seen with as significant a foreign dignitary as Obama will increase her credibility as a leader.

Finally people have accused her of not achieving anything since she got into power and I think this is a way of showing her getting something done, particularly after her recent attempts to solve our immigration issues failed abysmally and made a bit of a minor diplomatic incident with Malaysia.