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This looks like good news.

http://belmontclub.blogspot.com/

A key ally in the Global War on Terror, Australia, has just returned John Howard to power in an election that the press predicted to be close, but which in fact turned out to be a rout. Not only did the opposition Labor Party fail to gain the 11 parliamentary seats they needed to win power, Howard actually increased his majority and may actually win control of the Australian Senate. Howard's opponent, Mark Latham, had hinted that he would re-think the Australian commitment to the War on Terror then retreated from that position under heavy political fire. Had Latham unseated Howard, Australia would almost certainly have scaled back its commitments to the US alliance. But Howard's win not only obviates this possibility, it also underscores the depleted nature of Leftist politics.
 

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We needed this good news, now if we can have some "good news" ourselves in a few weeks and get this devisive time behind us.
 

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Is this the same John Howard, Aussie Prime Minister, that was instrumental in supporting the semiauto handgun ban in Australia?
 

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sensop said:
Is this the same John Howard, Aussie Prime Minister, that was instrumental in supporting the semiauto handgun ban in Australia?
Aye, Sensop, that be the one… they've also moved on swords, as well!

The assertion that "Howard's win … underscores the depleted nature of Leftist politics," is a grotesque fiction! What the hell is the need of a "Labor Party" when they already have Howard's "Coalition" of what-nots!?!
 

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Good News?

"Our year long national gun amnesty and buy back scheme saw over 640,000 firearms surrendered for their genuine value totalling almost $315 million. All of those firearms with the very few exceptions for museum and police use were then destroyed. :fire: Taking such a strong stand was unpopular in some quarters but demonstrated the Government's determination to fight crime."
PM John Howard - 17/2/98 ICPO-Interpol 15th Asian Regional Conference, Rydges Hotel, Canberra
"I hate guns"
PM John Howard - 17/4/2002 - Radio 2GB Sydney
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There aren't too many libertarian conservatives in the Comonwealth countries. In Canada's western provonces (and I imagine Australia's Outback) there are some "leave me the h*ll alone" type conservatives. For the most part, conservatives ('specially in the UK) are pretty much statist.

Their political spectrum seems not to have much in common with our own.
 

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This is still "good news" in that it was being watched worldwide as a vote on backing the U.S. in Iraq. It was not good news for gun owners and could not have been no matter how the vote turned out. We are damned near standing alone in the world in our embrace of our 2ND Amendent Rights. All the more reason to vote for President Bush in November.
 
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