This week’s episode of The Adelaide Show is simply Vote 1 South Australia, our look into the upcoming state election on March 17.
Our commentators are Robert Godden and Melissa Scott. Robert is an HR expert and tea purveyor but we asked him onto the program because he is also an astute observer of all things political. Melissa is nowadays working in accounting for a large firm but she has worked at the coalface in Australian federal elections and brings some global, US perspective to our electoral battles, too.
This week, the SA Drink Of The Week is a tea by The Devotea
In IS IT NEWS, Nigel challenges us on stories about politics from our past.
In 100 Weeks Ago, we delve into the Big Shed Brewing Concern.
And in the musical pilgrimage … Todd has lined up Toucan Blues.
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Running Sheet: Vote 1 South Australia
|Theme and Introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.|
|00:02:21||SA Drink Of The Week
|Queen Adelaide Tea … tasting notes|
|00:10:28||Stories Without Notice
|Ciaran went dumpster diving. Great haul and broken glass.|
|00:13:39||Robert Godden and Melissa Scott
On March 17, 2018, South Australians head to the polls to elect our next government. Labor, Liberal, and SA Best are the main contenders but few pundits can see any of them governing outright. In times like these, a calming cup of tea and perhaps the reading of the leaves can be just the thing to see us through, which is why we’ve invited Robert Goddern from The Devotea to guide us in this discussion. And we also have a guest with firsthand experience of running federal election campaigns, to give us some insights from the trenchs, Melissa Scott. And we hope you all Vote 1 South Australia!
Welcome to both of you.
First question. How do you both describe the election environment at this stage?
This could be the time to share your tea pairings, Robert.
Do you both know who you will be voting for on March 17? How do you go about making your decisions. I ask this because even our esteemed colleagues at InDaily, have not been able to get decisive in their election podcast.
We are going to take a moment for an historical perspective, I have some quotes from history for us to discuss. But before I do, I think I fall foul of the first quote I’m about to read from Ray Bradbury, author of Farenheit451. Around this time last year, I nursed an aspiration to run in the upcoming State Election as an independent in the upper house. As it turns out, Nigel and Greens MLC Tammy Franks were wise to talk me out of it because the emergence of SA Best means loose votes for independents will be as rare as hen’s teeth. Be that as it may, I was driven by my loss of faith in our political parties. This was heightened by my inability to find news sources I can trust that I can work into my daily or weekly routines. There’s also my history that I have twice been a member of the ALP and I now denounce all political parties. Here’s the quote:
Ray Bradbury: I hate all politics. I don’t like either political party. One should not belong to them – one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking.
I despair at how we make our decisions in relation to politics. When I was in Carolyn Pickles’ sub-branch, the question of lowering the voting age was the order of the day. Was the debate about whether young people have the maturity to vote? No, it was about would 16-17 year olds be more likely to vote for OUR party. Which leads on to this quote:
George Orwell: Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Are political promises “pure wind”?
Here’s a quote from Never A True Word by Michael Maguire. It is a long passage from his book but it really sets this part of the discussion up.
For me, the election campaign is a football match. It is us against them, a grand final. And dear Jesus I want to win. I am one of a team of four media advisers who start this time every morning. In political parlance we are the ‘rapid response team’. We prefer the ‘Breakfast Club’ – although the name is a misnomer, unless you count five cups of black coffee as breakfast. Our job is to scour the newspapers, the websites, Twitter, Facebook and whatever else we can find to identify stories that may cause us trouble during the day. The newspaper is our first port of
Going back to media coverage, are we starved of decent, non-partisan coverage and commentary?
Isaac Asimov: There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
We have lawsuits underway due to mudslinging already, does this make Margaret Thatcher profound, given this quote:
Margaret Thatcher: I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
In this vacuum of decent discourse, are we creating the environment for extremism?
Benazir Bhutto. Extremism can flourish only in an environment where basic governmental social responsibility for the welfare of the people is neglected. Political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism.
Andrea Ferguson What do you think is the key issue for our voters which will impact the election?
Andrea Ferguson How on earth would Nick cope if he ended up premier?
Some more quotes: Never a True Word, by award-winning journalist Michael McGuire
Every politician lives in fear of the stuff-up or the ‘gotcha’ moment. Of creating that slice of vision that will define them for years to come and be, no doubt, wheeled out come election time in every TV ad going. Every political leader is only one big political blunder away from a full-court media press that few ever escape from.
People like to get up on their soapbox and denounce fear campaigns during elections. But you know what? They work.
Let’s do the reading of the tea leaves.
|01:30:55||Is It News?
Nigel Dobson-Keeffe challenges the panel to pick the fake story from three stories from South Australia’s past.
The Recorder July 1939
The Recorder July 1925
The Recorder February 1919
|01:42:57||100 Weeks Ago
|We opened the vault to go back 100 weeks to relive a visit by Craig Basford from Big Shed Brewing Concern. He chose a very special SA Drink of the Week that had been tongue tested on Irish people ahead of St Patrick’s Day. However, they’ve recently hit the headlines with major expansion plans so let’s taste a little big of Craig while he was still humble enough to talk to us 😉|
|01:46:42|| Musical Pilgrimage
|And our song this week is Toucan Blues by Jimmy & The Mirrors. “One of my all time faves”, selected by our musical curator, Todd Fischer.|
|Should it draw longer? … I just made the Queen Adelaide connection|
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