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Picking up the pieces post election

By johnboy - 9 September 2013 30

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Well you’re all going to have to get used to Prime Minister Abbott for at least a little while.

Can anyone remember an election where the result was so clearly obvious in advance?

Here in the ACT there was a small swing to Liberal despite the scare campaigns on public service cuts.

In the Senate race Zed was a few hundred votes short of a quota but will likely win after some nail biting.

At the next election with the swing against him things could be tough if Simon Sheikh sticks around.

It’s worth noting Labor only just barely made a quota themselves for Kate Lundy.

The Animal Justice Party preferencing the Liberals appears to have been decisive, especially with their lucky placement on the ballot.

We humbly suggest to Zed and his team that an ability to answer questions will be key to getting cleanly over the line next time around.

For myself I think the Labor Party functionaries need to forever remember that political power in this country derives from the populace and is not their own plaything.

Tony Abbott is a lucky recipient of Labor’s internal failings.

But the harder we work the luckier we get. Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

What’s Your opinion?


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Picking up the pieces post election
housebound 9:38 pm 09 Sep 13

Matt_Watts said :

“At the next election with the swing against him things could be tough if Simon Sheikh sticks around.”

Perhaps. Alternatively, looking at the ALP vote, it’s always possible Zed would make up ground so the second seat could be a battle between the Greens and the ALP!

Unlikely. Lundy is very, very safe.

Anyone know when they count the below-the-line prepoll votes?

Deref 8:52 pm 09 Sep 13

A bloody good reason, if we needed another one, to do Robson rotation in federal elections.

miz 8:37 pm 09 Sep 13

Some examples of foregone conclusions include Whitlam’s It’s Time win in 1972 (you could actually feel it in the air – it was bleeding obvious, and I was just a child at the time). Also John Hewson’s loss to Keating – though Keating was the incumbent.

IrishPete 8:25 pm 09 Sep 13

davo101 said :

johnboy said :

Talking about a federal election here.

Oh sorry. How about the German federal election 1938?

Are you in breach of Godwin’s law??? Or is the Nazi reference just coincidental?

IP

steveu 6:42 pm 09 Sep 13

neanderthalsis said :

Zed will probably do just as much work as Kate Lundy, Gai Wassername and Andrew Leigh; and we could expect that Simon Sheik would be much the same. In this here town we are cursed with a political class that takes our vote for granted, acts in their own interest or the interest of their cronies rather than in the broader interest of Canberrans.

Spot on. Kate Lundy did bring to the public attention the little swindle Telstra in all its goodness was doing with pair gain…I will give her due credit for this.

But as a public servant town, everyone here is terrified of politicians.

Canberrans perhaps should learn to think outside the box when voting and do something to make the politicians think. I guess will never happen given how under represented we are in reps and senate. How about we give up all our MLAs in return for a couple more senate and reps seats? I’m sure Canberrans would be supportive of that.

Grail 5:30 pm 09 Sep 13

IrishPete said :

Will Zed thank the Animal Justice party by campaigning against the next ‘roo cull (including on Defence land), and against live exports and factory farms?

Actually, will Zed do anything?

He could always sponsor a dozen single issue parties in the hope of boosting chances of scoring the donkey vote.

watto23 3:02 pm 09 Sep 13

Matt_Watts said :

johnboy said :

Talking about a federal election here.

1996, but not for the length of time this election’s outcome was obvious.

Well there was some doubt for a few days after Rudd came back in. Still its always easy to lead the country from opposition. I have my doubts over Abbot, and find it amusing that today they were saying the next Labor leader will be be a place holder just to lose the next election…. Well thats what Abbott was until Labor self imploded.

davo101 2:58 pm 09 Sep 13

johnboy said :

Talking about a federal election here.

Oh sorry. How about the German federal election 1938?

Matt_Watts 2:35 pm 09 Sep 13

johnboy said :

Talking about a federal election here.

1996, but not for the length of time this election’s outcome was obvious.

johnboy 2:16 pm 09 Sep 13

Talking about a federal election here.

neanderthalsis 1:48 pm 09 Sep 13

IrishPete said :

Will Zed thank the Animal Justice party by campaigning against the next ‘roo cull (including on Defence land), and against live exports and factory farms?

Actually, will Zed do anything?

IP

Zed will probably do just as much work as Kate Lundy, Gai Wassername and Andrew Leigh; and we could expect that Simon Sheik would be much the same. In this here town we are cursed with a political class that takes our vote for granted, acts in their own interest or the interest of their cronies rather than in the broader interest of Canberrans.

caf 1:36 pm 09 Sep 13

He was actually about 2000 short of a quota.

davo101 1:29 pm 09 Sep 13

Can anyone remember an election where the result was so clearly obvious in advance?
The 2011 NSW election; the result was obvious on the Sunday morning after the 2007 election.

IrishPete 1:13 pm 09 Sep 13

Will Zed thank the Animal Justice party by campaigning against the next ‘roo cull (including on Defence land), and against live exports and factory farms?

Actually, will Zed do anything?

IP

Matt_Watts 12:23 pm 09 Sep 13

“At the next election with the swing against him things could be tough if Simon Sheikh sticks around.”

Perhaps. Alternatively, looking at the ALP vote, it’s always possible Zed would make up ground so the second seat could be a battle between the Greens and the ALP!

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