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PM pencils in September 14 for the election

By johnboy 30 January 2013 73

Prime Minister Gillard has just taken the very unusual step of announcing the date of this year’s federal election.

It’s to be September 14 which will give our public servants something to be going on with.

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LSWCHP 10:41 pm 02 Feb 13

Pork Hunt said :

A seven and a half month election campaign? I will surely drown in my own vomit by then…

I reckon you (and a lot of other people) will have drowned in my vomit before your vomit is even ankle deep. Not an attractive image I know, but there it is.

Diggety 12:13 pm 01 Feb 13

Thumper said :

Diggety said :

dungfungus said :

I don’t think there will ever be another minority government in Australia after this experiment.

I think you’re right about that. I’m guessing some fence-sitters will vote Coalition just to avoid another Labor/Greens kerfuffle.

And interestingly, if Abbott had got up in a minority government instead of Gillard, he would have faced pretty much the same pressures.

In fact, if Abbott did get up last election maybe the current positions would be reversed?

Interesting scenario, although it would likely have been Coalition/Independents, so hard to say.

But a lot of votes from Labor went to Libs while Greens stagnated, so perhaps Labor split into Left/Right, with Labor Right going to the Libs?

dungfungus 12:04 pm 01 Feb 13

Thumper said :

Diggety said :

dungfungus said :

I don’t think there will ever be another minority government in Australia after this experiment.

I think you’re right about that. I’m guessing some fence-sitters will vote Coalition just to avoid another Labor/Greens kerfuffle.

And interestingly, if Abbott had got up in a minority government instead of Gillard, he would have faced pretty much the same pressures.

In fact, if Abbott did get up last election maybe the current positions would be reversed?

Maybe, but we wouldn’t have a carbon tax and Hobart would have a big new hospital.

Thumper 11:43 am 01 Feb 13

Diggety said :

dungfungus said :

I don’t think there will ever be another minority government in Australia after this experiment.

I think you’re right about that. I’m guessing some fence-sitters will vote Coalition just to avoid another Labor/Greens kerfuffle.

And interestingly, if Abbott had got up in a minority government instead of Gillard, he would have faced pretty much the same pressures.

In fact, if Abbott did get up last election maybe the current positions would be reversed?

Diggety 11:14 am 01 Feb 13

dungfungus said :

I don’t think there will ever be another minority government in Australia after this experiment.

I think you’re right about that. I’m guessing some fence-sitters will vote Coalition just to avoid another Labor/Greens kerfuffle.

davo101 11:08 am 01 Feb 13

Captain RAAF said :

This will get Tony some initial wins but other than that the pubes won’t even notice the 20,000 going.

Don’t know about that. If they’re all EL1’s then there is going to be a lot of coke dealers with stock they can’t shift.

Jim Jones 10:23 am 01 Feb 13

Captain RAAF said :

Mav said :

Oh Yay! Daily media polls about who is beating who, I cannot wait for October. The way our media has been going we may as well turn off the TV till after the election is over, I can see it now daily offerings of the two major parties calling each other names interspersed with splutterings from the Greens and KAP.

What a year this will be. 🙁

One poll, conducted by me this morning, 11 ADF members (9 male, 1 female, 1 questionable),

11 votes Coalition
0 votes Labor

There’s a snapshot of society for ya!

And here’s silly old me thinking that the military was full of reactionary conservatives who despised the general population.

Obviously I stand corrected.

steveu 10:19 am 01 Feb 13

Called it this soon so its harder for libs to change leaders. Doesn’t look good for libs to change leaders when the campaign has started.

Chop71 10:16 am 01 Feb 13

dungfungus said :

Chop71 said :

dungfungus said :

Chop71 said :

We may well be at the polls before Sep 14

Please explain how this might happen.
Assuming Thomson and Slipper both plead “not guilty”, it will be at least sometime after the election before respective trials can be arranged so Gillard still has the numbers and the support of the independents.
A sitting member is not compelled to resign until he/she is found guilty and the sentence has to exceed a certain level. Even if Gillard was to be arrested the same situation would apply.
Self preservation in politics is a pretty powerful emotion.

I’m not saying anyone is guilty of anything but just as you mentioned several reasons for Sept 14 there are just as many possibilities that things could fall apart and it happen sooner. Anything from a dd to resignations to change of leader etc etc. Gillard has only announced her date for an election, but it is also up to plenty of others to make that call and not just her. ie GG (just for starters)

If Thomson or Slipper were to resign before their respective court hearings (to preserve their pensions for example), it would be up to the Speaker of The House to rule whether there should be by-elections for their vacated seats and given that the Speaker is a Labor MP and the September 14, 2013 election has already been called (the fact that it was not called in the House might invalidate that) there is no chance of any by-elections.
This would mean that Labor would lose two votes but the opposition would not gain any so the minority Labor/Green/Independent government would still cling to power.
As you point out, there are other possibilities. I don’t think there will ever be another minority government in Australia after this experiment. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

If the voters make it close, Labor (once again) would grab anyone they could to do it again. If you ask Julia I suggest she would say the last 3 years have been a wonderful time.

dungfungus 10:01 am 01 Feb 13

Chop71 said :

dungfungus said :

Chop71 said :

We may well be at the polls before Sep 14

Please explain how this might happen.
Assuming Thomson and Slipper both plead “not guilty”, it will be at least sometime after the election before respective trials can be arranged so Gillard still has the numbers and the support of the independents.
A sitting member is not compelled to resign until he/she is found guilty and the sentence has to exceed a certain level. Even if Gillard was to be arrested the same situation would apply.
Self preservation in politics is a pretty powerful emotion.

I’m not saying anyone is guilty of anything but just as you mentioned several reasons for Sept 14 there are just as many possibilities that things could fall apart and it happen sooner. Anything from a dd to resignations to change of leader etc etc. Gillard has only announced her date for an election, but it is also up to plenty of others to make that call and not just her. ie GG (just for starters)

If Thomson or Slipper were to resign before their respective court hearings (to preserve their pensions for example), it would be up to the Speaker of The House to rule whether there should be by-elections for their vacated seats and given that the Speaker is a Labor MP and the September 14, 2013 election has already been called (the fact that it was not called in the House might invalidate that) there is no chance of any by-elections.
This would mean that Labor would lose two votes but the opposition would not gain any so the minority Labor/Green/Independent government would still cling to power.
As you point out, there are other possibilities. I don’t think there will ever be another minority government in Australia after this experiment. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Captain RAAF 9:56 am 01 Feb 13

Mav said :

Oh Yay! Daily media polls about who is beating who, I cannot wait for October. The way our media has been going we may as well turn off the TV till after the election is over, I can see it now daily offerings of the two major parties calling each other names interspersed with splutterings from the Greens and KAP.

What a year this will be. 🙁

One poll, conducted by me this morning, 11 ADF members (9 male, 1 female, 1 questionable),

11 votes Coalition
0 votes Labor

There’s a snapshot of society for ya!

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