Re: No-win elections.
The bloody annoying thing is that there are aspects of Greens, Labo(u)r and the Liberal/National party policies that are actually good for the nation, just as there are aspects of those same party policies that are absolutely diabolical. Unfortunately, none of the candidate parties have an "edge" as far as I can see, so I fully expect that unless something drastic occurs, we will be in for another dose of double-dealing, back-handing minority government, regardless of which party actually "wins".
As an Australian, I am embarrassed at both Ms Gillard and Mr Abbot, and want neither as Prime Minister, yet I cannot see a viable alternative in the Greens (and in fact I couldn't even say who the Greens' Leader is, which suggests that they're even blander than former leader Bob Brown).
Senator Conroy as Communications Minister is an oxygen thief who couldn't "tech speak" his way out of a wet, paper bag, and I wouldn't trust Treasurer Wayne Swan with the keys to the coffers anymore either.
So come on Malcolm Turnbull, take back the conservative leadership from the "Mad Monk", and put some style and statesmanship back into Australian conservative politics.
Same for Kevin Rudd on the left-hand side. Either take back the Labor leadership and replace Gillard//Swanny, or see the Labor party doomed to 10-15 years in the political wilderness. Gillard and co are too on the nose for Labor to otherwise have any chance of winning.
For the Greens, please stop being a second-hand Labor-lefty party prop and stand on your own feet with sensible policies that are properly costed and will take Australia into the future as a viable nation.
I love the idea of high-speed rail (for passengers) and reliable freight-rail to get semi-trailers and B-double/B-triple trucks off the major highways between cities, but don't decry everything modern just because it doesn't wear a hair-shirt and live in trees or caves.