Posted by Possum Comitatus on November 20, 2007
Never let it be said that the Coalition aren’t willing to try new approaches to winning an election.
First we’ve had calling the election when interest rates were looking to go up, then we had Abbot dumping a bucket on a well respected sick bloke, then we’ve had Howard telling everyone that a vote for the Coalition will guarantee the permanent existence of the policy that is doing them the most electoral damage. Not to be outdone, Barnyard Joyce thought it would be a good idea to back Labors IR policy and now, after that circus, we have Turnbull pumping $10 mill into a rain making company that the governments own science advisers found had ‘no convincing data’ to support their proposed technology.
Mal “Rainmaker” Turnbull’s fundraising vehicle, the Wentworth Forum, has as one of its donors Matt Handbury, Chairman and part owner of the company that received the grant, the Australian Rain Corporation. Far be it from us mere mortals to say that the whole thing smells to high heavens. Even if it is above board and the “rainfall enhancement technique” in question didn’t actually have an “electoral enhancement technique” built into it – it’s still not a good look.
But Mr Rainmaker had a good excuse. He’s looking at “all options”, even those “outside of the box”.
If he keeps that up, one of those options will be standing for the NSW Parliament if he isn’t careful.
This cracker of a pic was in Crikey today. Someone has value added to a Lib poster in the seat of Adelaide:
The resemblance is disturbing.