Saturday, October 09, 2004


What a sad, sad, sad day for Australians. I can't believe we are going to be stuck with Johnny and his cronies for a FOURTH term. What happened, people?? What were Aussies thinking??!


I've just returned home from the National Tally Room - and it was a pretty sombre crowd there (Canberra being a Labor stronghold). We had to queue outside for an hour or so, and made it in to the hall just as Mark Latham was conceding defeat. That's not how it was supposed to be!!

It was kinda cool to be in the Tally Room despite the grim atmosphere - to feel like we were at the epicentre of Australia for a little while. We got a close look at the Channel 9 panel of commentators (waved from behind Ray a couple of times, but I don't think I made it on to TV ;) and I learned some important things, like:
- Laurie Oakes is a BIIIIIIG boy. I mean, you can tell on TV that he's not exactly slim, but boy, he has one of the most massive guts I've ever seen.
- Natasha Stott-Despoja is 6 or 7 months pregnant! She still looked pretty good in her black number, and was sipping away at a diet coke. Although her makeup looked like it had been applied by a heavy handed plasterer.
- Ray Martin is one ugly dude.

Aside from these fascinating and politically pertinent revelations, the highlight of the night was meeting Aussie actor Kate Atkinson in the queue outside the Tally room - you may remember her as Karen Miller from Seachange, or as Cassie in the (somewhat odd) Fat Cow Motel. Kate just happened to be in front of us in the queue, with a friend of hers, who I know through work - how bizarre. She is a passionate Labor supporter, and co-founded the Actors for Refugees group. She was quite friendly and seems very intelligent and together. And she is a Perth girl, too.

But meeting her was not quite enough to make me happy.

*big sigh*

*prays for a miracle, like a massive error in the vote tallying or an exceedingly huge number of postal votes, all for Labor candidates in marginal seats...*


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