When the average person begins to format an opinion on matters political, in this wonderful country of ours, he/she has to rely on the marvelous manufacturers of spin we are all so-o-o familiar with. They reach this lofty perch by dutifully studying the prescribed methods of crowd manipulation taught so readily in our universities and tech colleges for the "benefit " of all. Journalism, Media Studies and Information Technology geared to giving you, the tax paying public, an unbiased view of the workings of the machine that lavishes our acquired opinions upon us.
If we should be "thinking" about the fate of our planet and the global warming debatable topics, then that's what we will be hammered with. But if then we are to be concerned with the unhindered rights of the big mining companies to rape the Earth (and the importance of the assosiated jobs) then that is what we will be hammered with. If they want us to have a "liberal" government, we will be plagued with SPIN that tells us what a jerk Kevin Rudd is...!
Personally, I would rather have the democratic right to vote for those who tells us how to think, rather than for any Cheesy Grin or Mad Monk.
PS. I wonder what Bob (greeny) Brown thinks of the Planet Stuffing Tax (PST).