Farmers Get Hooked on the Dollar Drip

It's getting crowded in the kitchen, the locus of australian political sloganeering. For most of the year, Labor leader Kim Beazley has been claiming his party's slant and policies are informed by the concerns of middle Australia—not the fripperies of abc Radio National listeners or Sydney's droning talk shops. Beazley's relentless message is that Labor is focused on the "kitchen table" issues that preoccupy families. Such as? Interest rates, petrol prices, schools, job security and Iraq. And because McMansions have formal dining rooms, and maybe because wine is so cheap, our dinner-party talk now extends to North Korea's nukes, terrorism, values,...

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