Yesterday around the lunch hour (OK, lunch is more like three hours on a Friday) , when Canberra Press Gallery sheep and know-alls had been convinced (or convinced themselves) that the federal election date would be August 28th, the famed VEXNEWS Investigations Unit struck with stealth and speed.
We reported exclusively that the date would in fact be one week earlier, August 21st, from sources familiar with the matter:
READY, SET, GO: VEXNEWS hears Federal Election will be August 21st
By VEXNEWS â‹… July 16, 2010
VEXNEWS understands that the federal election will not be August 28th as widely speculated but instead will be one week earlier, August 21st.
Around the same time the ABC was still claiming it would be the 28th.
By yesterday evening, following the VEXNEWS lead, some in the Gallery changed their tune although most remained far from convinced. Our sources remained steadfast.
Some in the Gallery even cheekily rang VEXNEWS demanding to know the name of our source, we explained that not even a hot iron rod bottom-probe would extract such a confession, let alone lazy Canberra rent-seekers hoping for a few crumbs from the VEX feasting table.
Anyway, if we were the ABC, weâ€™d spend gazillions of air-time boasting about this epic exclusive, but weâ€™re not and weâ€™ll just go on punching and being the first with the worst, with outburst and the well-versed. And any other words that rhyme with first.
This is a splendid victory for the many dozens of patriot volunteers, sources, snouts, insiders and investigators in the VEXNEWS Investigations Unit. We love youse all.
Now we march on to this most curious of elections, where polling provides us merely with snapshots of a very rapidly changing electoral environment and unusually almost tells us nothing. Labor is probably set to win, but theyâ€™ve been doing it ugly, despite the new attractive image of the shiny, newly minted PM Julia Gillard who has previously wowed even conservative types like broadcaster Alan Jones. Up against her is one of the starkest polarisers in the Parliament, a brilliantly effective political hit-man Tony Abbott. Not even VEXNEWS can tell you whoâ€™s going to win this one.
We know that the campaign will dwell on the past. Gillardâ€™s and Abbottâ€™s record as ministers, Gillard as a big-spender on Building the Education Revolution that had more than its fair share of embarrassingly expensive bungles and Abbottâ€™s as Health minister where he made some deep cuts and also imposed his personal will on divisive issues of controversy around reproductive health.
Hopefully it will also deal with the future challenges we face as a nation.
Meanwhile, lurking in the background is the ultra-leftâ€™s most effective political vehicle since the days the Communist Party of Australia boasted hundreds of thousands of members, had a river of Moscow gold funding it, and controlled many of the trade unions in this country, the Greens political party. They are set for a good election, many commentators say. Weâ€™ll be doing our best to ensure that the same level of rigorous scrutiny applied to the major parties is also applied to them. â€œGive â€˜em hellâ€ one interjector yelled out to fiercely anti-communist President Harry Truman one time. He quickly responded â€œIâ€™ll just tell the truth about them and theyâ€™ll think itâ€™s hell.â€
In the weeks ahead, we call on all those whoâ€™ve made VEXNEWS what it is to be vigilant and to phone (0415 99 33 26), email (editor â€“ at â€“ vexnews.com) or meebo us with anything they see or hear about the election that could amuse, inform, entertain or worry our growing audience. Weâ€™ve had a bloody good start, but letâ€™s finish big.
Game on, indeed.