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Clarke and Dawe: poll woes explained

Broadcast: 17/05/2007

Reporter: John Clarke and Bryan Dawe

John Clarke and Bryan Dawe give their take on why the polls might not be working for the Government
at the moment.


KERRY O'BRIEN: Finally, John Clarke and Bryan Dawe and their take on why the polls might not be
working for the Government at the moment.

BRYAN DAWE: Mr Howard, thanks for your time tonight.

JOHN CLARKE: Good evening Bryan, very good to be with you and ah, great to be back at the ABC. It's
a wonderful institution. I do enjoy coming here, Bryan.

BRYAN DAWE: Mmmm. I bet you do. How are things going at the moment for you?

JOHN CLARKE: Well, we didn't get a Budget bounce Bryan. We're in strife. There's no question about
that. I wouldn't write us off. It's not going to be easy though. It's not going to be easy.

BRYAN DAWE: How are you going to do it?

JOHN CLARKE: Policies, Bryan. That's how you win elections, policies.

BRYAN DAWE: But, haven't we seen all your policies?


BRYAN DAWE: Well, why not? You've been in for 10 years?

JOHN CLARKE: Well, Bryan, because we've had recently a couple of good, fresh new ideas.

BRYAN DAWE: Oooh, you should get onto the Government with those, yeah, yeah.

JOHN CLARKE: Bryan, we are the Government.

BRYAN DAWE: Hmm. (laughs) That's right.

JOHN CLARKE: We are the Government.

BRYAN DAWE: That's right.

JOHN CLARKE: But we think that in a couple of areas things could be run even better than they have
for the last, for the last few years. Do you want to hear about perhaps some of the fresh, new
ideas that we've got?

BRYAN DAWE: Yeah quickly, yeah, sure.

JOHN CLARKE: Well, one of them, for example, just picking one at random is in the education area,
Bryan. Something to do with giving heads of schools the authority to make decisions about the
running of the school or something.

BRYAN DAWE: How's that sort of thing been done before, in the past?

JOHN CLARKE: I imagine the person with the authority in the school made those decisions.

BRYAN DAWE: Oh right, yeah, the head of school.

JOHN CLARKE: I'd have to check with Julie Bishop if ever I see her again. I'm not...

BRYAN DAWE: Yeah, you should do that, actually

JOHN CLARKE: ...quite sure.

BRYAN DAWE: Could you check if the taxi's there?

JOHN CLARKE: Another education policy, Bryan, in the university area. We are going to pour a lot of
money into universities.

BRYAN DAWE: Yes. No. I read about that. I read about that.

JOHN CLARKE: A hell of a lot of money. I mean, billions. We're going to put billions in there,
because they are in serious trouble. They have been going very well but...

BRYAN DAWE: They need a lot of money.

JOHN CLARKE: They do need a lot of money. Yes. We've heard the public on that and we take...

BRYAN DAWE: Just let me know when it's arrived, will you? Yeah. Thanks.

JOHN CLARKE: Do you want to know what we're going to do incidentally, Bryan, about climate change?
Very important.


JOHN CLARKE: No, that's good 'cause I think I've left it in my other jacket.

BRYAN DAWE: Have you got another jacket?

JOHN CLARKE: (clears throat) No, I haven't, Bryan, that's part of the problem.

BRYAN DAWE: Oh we've got a few spare jackets here.

JOHN CLARKE: Oh I don't want another jacket, no. Thanks Bryan. It might have a climate change

BRYAN DAWE: It's arrived, oh that's good.

JOHN CLARKE: I'll tell you something... you're a voter, aren't you Bryan?

BRYAN DAWE: Yeah, yeah.

JOHN CLARKE: I'll tell you something you should know...


JOHN CLARKE: ... before November. You know that Kevin Rudd?


JOHN CLARKE: Alexander Downer reckons he's quite a vain bloke.

BRYAN DAWE: Does he?


BRYAN DAWE: Alexander does?


BRYAN DAWE: Thinks Kevin Rudd's vain?


BRYAN DAWE: Goodness.

JOHN CLARKE: Have you decided Bryan, you know, which way you're going to vote as a matter of

BRYAN DAWE: Just gotta go now, sorry.

JOHN CLARKE: Sorry, have you decided which way you're going to vote?

BRYAN DAWE: No, I've got to go. No, I haven't.

JOHN CLARKE: Thanks for your time Bryan.

BRYAN DAWE: No, I say that.

JOHN CLARKE: Well will you please say it Bryan, I haven't taken a trick since before Christmas.
Let's get out of here.

BRYAN DAWE: Thanks for your time.

KERRY O'BRIEN: That's the program for the tonight and the week. Don't forget Stateline at this time
tomorrow. We'll be back at the same time on Monday, but for now, goodnight.