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Now, perhaps I overextended myself by saying that the West Wing and Ys, Minister have covered the field in terms of pre-sciently predicting the outcomes in this election campaign. Pink Floyd has that ability in spades as well:

Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
The ringing of the division bell had begun

There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before time took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay

Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There’s a hunger still unsatisfied
Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
Though down this road we’ve been so many times

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river”

– High Hopes (from the Division Bell, Pink Floyd (1994))

The Division Bell having tolled, we find ourselves beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young when Keating was Prime Minister; when thought and policies flowed constantly and without boundary.

“The myriad small creatures” being of course a reference to the independents,who are trying to tie Gulliver (the major parties) after they shipwrecked in the mysterious and fantastic land of Lilliput where Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull can not only work with their own parties, but also with the opposing parties in a magical Unity government.

With this wonderful new paradigm shift in Australian democracy, the grass was greener, the light was brighter.


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