Here’s some of the highlights of the election as I saw, in the style of motivational posters.
At last a decision has been made.
Firstly Bob Katter jumped the gun on his independent colleagues and held his own press conference at 2:00pm. To very few people’s surprise he went with the Coalition, leaving it at 74-74.
He then proceeded to thoroughly confuse everyone and say he’d have no problems working with Labor if they got it, implying that if the other two went Labor he’d join in and pass supply. Very much a bet each way….
One hour later Tony Windsor stepped up to the plate and announced his support for Labor, with broadband as his key decision maker.
Then Rob Oakeshoot stepped up and after gibbering on for a full 20 minutes (and driving everyone on the live feed into increasing heights of hysteria) he finally came on board for Labor.
Finally we have a Labor minority government returned.
Of course that doesn’t mean it’ll be all smooth sailing yet. Firstly they have to get through the first session of Parliament and get a Speaker elected.
Then after that I’m sure we can expect some or all of the following:
- Tony Abbott decrying the “illegitimate” Gillard government who don’t deserve to govern.
- The MSM providing us with a full 3 years of bile and vitriol of ever increasing intensity because we didn’t elect the government they wanted, particularly News Limited who lost this election so badly.
- The independents to be totally crucified by the MSM for the next 3 years, for the purpose of a grass roots effort to get them arsed out.
- Blatant obstructionism for the next 9 months until the Senate changes over…and more of that arse-clown Fielding.
So plenty of good stuff to look forward to. Enjoy!!
…But not quite the final curtain.
With the news yesterday of Andrew Wilkie siding with Labor it leaves the effective seat count at 74-73 to the ALP, with only the 3 remaining independents to go.
Considering Abbott’s approach to the negotiation process with the independents I would be amazed if they decided to go with him, but with Bob Katter in the mix who can tell. Windsor and Oakeshott seem to be eminently sensible (for politicians) and from all reports seem to be viewing this as a chance to work for the benefit of the country.
With the results of Abbott’s costings turning up a $7bn – $11bn hole, it appears their claim to be the superior economic manager have died a noisy death. Couple this with the Abbott demeanour of pretty much saying whatever thought crosses his brain at the time his mouth opens and I’m sure they can see the recipe for disaster. It looks like Campaign Tony has been put back into his box and Real Tony has been let out to play.
On further thought you have to wonder if this is part of a deeper strategy for Abbott…I know that would actually require some thought, but maybe Nick Minchin has had a brain wave.
Based on his “negotiations” with the independents and continual expectorations into the media, you could be forgiven for thinking that either:
- he is an idiot
- he thinks the independents/Australian public are idiots
- he doesn’t really want to be in a minority government, but wants to make life so hard for the ALP that they’ll need to call an early election.
The only problems he faces with option 3 is that both 1 and 2 are correct, he has a serious lack of talent around him (Hockey and Dutton are regarded as stars FFS!!), from July the Greens have the balance of power in the Senate and so his obstructive ways will come to an end, and finally he is continually and comprehensively pwned by the ALP in Parliament on a very regular basis. If you have any doubts about this at all check Grog’s Gamut for recaps of past Question Time session…always good for a laugh.
It may be an early call but I reckon we are headed for a minority Labor government, with some surprising reforms coming through due to the influence of the independents.
Overall I think it’s the shake-up our country needs.
Now it’s getting beyond a joke.
The latest news this morning is that the Coalition has edged ahead by 2000 votes with 20% of the vote still to be counted.
Of course Crazy Eyes Bishop was immediately wheeled out to stare the public into submission and claim that Labor now had no right to form Government. Of course being the impartial observers and reporters of news that they are, the media immediately jumped on the bandwagon and are now pushing the independents to make a decision.
A couple of things on this:
1. There is still 20% of the vote to be counted and the lead is only 2000…get a grip!
2. Funny how as soon as the LNP edges ahead the independents get the pressure ramped up massively.
Frankly the media have now lost any minor semblance of impartiality they may have retained and are now simply cheerleading for the Coalition.
UPDATE: As of now Labor have now regained the lead in the two party preferred votes. Funny how I don’t see any commentary about the LNP no longer being entitled to form government now that they aren’t winning the 2PP…