On the up side: the broader Australian public have finally joined me in disdain for Rudd as a politician. Took them long enough: I was there in 2006.
On the downside: seems a fair few people over 35 have started to sort of like Tony Abbott. I refer to the age factor in this because it seems there is hardly an under 30 year old in the land who he doesn't creep out. As with Rudd, I predict his popularity, even with the dag demographic, will be but a fleeting thing. There is every reason to believe he will not keep spending promises, will have some trouble on the international stage (I don't expect him to go over a treat in Indonesia especially), and even (I've been reading around) have some early ministerial scandals. Some people have said we may be looking at something like the Fraser government after Whitlam, and there might be something in that, but I expect Abbott to be worse.
There is much speculation going on about how the Senate might pan out. The arcane system there seems to make it impossible to predict these days. Last night on the ABC there was talk that the balance of power might be with three odd bods: the creepy Victorian Senator
What a worry.
I'm going to be voting below the line to try to ensure as limited accidental preferences as I can.