Saturday, March 20, 2010
I am allowed to say "Go Liberals" now.
In 2001 when I worked for the ABC the then head of news and current affairs phoned me at home on election eve and ordered me not to hand out how-to-vote cards (for an independent candidate) as I had planned to.
Apparently it would be inappropriate, "given my position" at the ABC.
You know what the ABC is like.
Anyway, I am talking about South Australia, my ancestral home.
My rule of thumb is that if a government has been in office for around 10 years it is time for a change.
Labor has. Colleague Katharine Murphy is on the ground and can't detect a mood for a change.
But I do sense such a mood, and Possum has crunched NewsPoll figures to produce this awesome graph showing how hard it should be for Labor to get the 24 votes it would need to retain a majority:
Yes, the NewsPoll figures suggest there's just an 8 per cent chance of that happening.
Change is good, right? All governments get worse over time. (Including the Tasmanian government.)
ABC NewsRadio will be covering both counts all night for those of us interstate.
And to prove I am from Adelaide, below I post a definition going around on the web:
YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM ADELAIDE IF...
You meet people at the 'Malls Balls'
You consider 40 degrees to be a bit warm
You drink Farmer's Union Iced Coffee
You drink Coopers
And you know It's the best beer in the world
You've been to the brewery lights's
You've eaten a Balfour's frog cake
You know that a Berliner is something you eat
You like YoYo biscuits
You grew up on Fritz & sauce sangas
You know it's a 'yiros', not a 'kebab'
You can drink SA tap water without noticing any unpleasant flavours
You've been to the Pancake Kitchen (open 24 hours)
You call the corner store a 'deli'
You pronounce graph as 'grarph', plant as 'plarnt' and dance as 'darnce'
You know that Victor Harbor is the only place to be for Schoolies.
You went to school camps as the Red Shield Aquatics Camp in Victor Harbor
You know where 'Porta Gutta' is
You have been to the club formerly known as Heaven at least once (and you were under 18).
You have been to Flashdance at HQ at least once
You've started the night on the East End then drunkly walked through Rundle Mall in the early hours to get to the West End (or vice versa)
You know that there's more than one way to have a good time on Hindley Street
Pints are the big beers
After a big night you've ended up at 'The Cas'
You've been to the museum on 5 different school excursion but never returned as an adult
You've been to the St. Kilda playground
You miss Magic Mountain at the bay
You know that 'the bay' is Glenelg
You would never swim at Glenelg because it's gross
You have been to Glenelg and got extremely sunburnt
You know the state floral and fauna emblem (but just in case it comes up at a quiz night)
You still call AAMI Stadium, ' Footy Park '.
You support the Crows/the Power
And you'd rather give up your first born than see the other team win the flag
You know the South Australians invited the checkside punt
You have a very strong opinion on Lleyton Hewitt
You forgave the Chappells for the 1981 Underarm Incident purely out of South Australian patriotism.
Your 'sports gurus' are KG and Cornesy
You've never watched NRL
You've been to the Christmas pageant as a child and as an adult
You've lined up for more than half an hour to see Santa at the Magic Cave
You've bought something from the pie cart
You know what a pie floater is
You've eaten a pie floater
You can't go out without seeing someone you know
You shop at Foodland
You have a Hills Hoist in your backyard
You know the Hills Hoist was invented in South Australia as was wine casks, penicillin and the retractable seat belt
At least half of your neighbours were born before 1950
You can leave work at 5:15 and miss 'peak hour traffic'
Your definition of 'peak hour' traffic is more than 5 cars at a red light
You're always running late because the public transport system is so old
You know and love the sound the ticket machine makes on public transport
You feel like punching the next person who calls it the City of Churches
You walk past at least 5 churches on your way to work
Seeing a large, Aboriginal man walking around town in a leotard and gum boots in the middle of winter does not surprise you
You know his name is Johnny
You know who Stormy Summers is
You think the 'Tiser has no journalistic integrity whatsoever.... And yet you still read it every day.
You remember John Martin's
You've been on the Pop-Eye
You know the people out on the Torrens are either tourists or rowers. No one else would go near that water.
You know where beehive corner is
You hate the new tram
You think the Festival Centre is a wonder of modern architecture.
You've used the term 'minda' as an insult
A pale/palie is a Coopers Pale Ale
You've saved up your bottles and cans from a big night out, collected the 5c deposit and then used it to buy more beer
You know what a 'stobie pole' is
You say 'heaps good'
One of the first questions you ask a person is where they went to school
You have the same friends from high school
You don't like Victorians
They stole our Grand Prix
Your dads best friend friends next door neighbour knows some one in the Hells Angels that can get stuff.
You acknowledge that, while half of our state is uninhabitable, you know that it's still the greatest.
You console yourself that, despite all our faults, at least South Australia wasn't built by convicts.
You understood and laughed at this list
You live in South Australia
And you'll probably die here too
. "Climate balance urged at ABC"
. Apparently I will be required to publish my real name and postcode...
. Are State Elections Affected by the National Economy?