It's been coming for a while, but PM John Howard has called an election here in Oz. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22581572-5012863,00.html The opposition leader and more than more than likely the next PM is a Blairesque spin/cheese monger called Kevin (I ask you!!) Rudd. He's a lefty (like His Tonyship was remember) and seems to have won the votes of house-wives and idiots by appearing on day time TV drinking a cuppa and talking about pop idol. I'm not sure his wife is pregnant yet, but it can't be long before he tries that one. "I'm so normal.....!" As far as his defence policy is concerned little is really known. He seems to have dropped (ish) the Labor (no u thats right) Party's normal line of using the ADF simply for the defence of Australia but has got a great deal of mileage out of Iraq. He has though "vowed" to continue the current boost in defence spending - and therefore should continue bringing lots of ex Brit Army types out into the sunshine! http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Labor-vows-to-strengthen-Defence-force/2007/08/08/1186530445781.html My main concern is he's a real git and I don't know what army to try next!