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OH, that's amazing (and yes, depressing - we need Rudd to put the brakes on Howardian corporate welfare and smallmindedness, but I'm not hoping for much in the way of genuine reform). I haven't seen the others, I'll have to check them out.
'Keating' is wonderful, and so is the Diana one, which was the first one I ever saw. But who would have thought that Howard's speaking voice, which doesn't appear to have been tampered with, was so varied in pitch and, dare I say it, almost-musical? It was once memorably described by Bob Ellis as 'sounding like a tin of cat food that has been left open all night' -- I remember this because I used it in a lecture on metaphor in 1983 -- so that may be clouding my judgment.
There's amazing software that can add nuances to a voice so as to make even Howard almost musical. Little changes in pitch without (apparently) changing the speed. Pop stars use it all the time to "clean up" their wonky notes.But yes, this highlights the Dee and Dum of the major parties. Perhaps a more open-minded attitude from Ruddy, but little real change. (so vote Green!)
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