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The Hung Parliament Blues

johnboy 30 August 2010 31

The ABC reports that while the nation waits for two loveable yokels and a mad old fascist to decide who can give them what they want the fair and reasonable trio of wise and statesmen like rural independent to finish deliberating on the future of Australia’s Government… Well it ain’t pretty for the ACT economy:

Restaurants and retail outlets are suffering as Canberra’s public servants reign in spending while they wait to see who will form the next government.

Sadly the best outcome for the nation is probably another election (and with it more uncertainty) than letting Bob Katter have any power.


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Bosworth Bosworth 9:56 pm 01 Sep 10

Gungahlin Al said :

That is more than enough to even out any differences of opinion over particular issues. What we’ll see is akin to having every vote a conscience vote, every decision resolved on the merits of the issue, rather than party strategy to have the greatest inmpact on “the other side”.

And that will be a good thing.

+1

Me no fry Me no fry 12:11 pm 31 Aug 10

astrojax said :

presumably the same number as in every other nsw electorate..?

Yes. My bad. I meant to say NSW not the specific electorate I voted in.

p1 p1 11:13 am 31 Aug 10

Me no fry said :

Do you know how many candidates there were for the senate in Eden Monaro? That’s a big ask, numbering that lot.

But yeah, I agree, up to a point.

Well, that is a problem. Maybe you should only have to number the first 10 or so? But that have all been done over in the past.

astrojax astrojax 11:06 am 31 Aug 10

Do you know how many candidates there were for the senate in Eden Monaro?

presumably the same number as in every other nsw electorate..?

i am still liking oyster’s solution, to date, but take ummmm_no’s point and am suitably afraid as this is of course too plausible. that, or they’d get the overbelly gangsters to expand their business, and that would be worse…

Me no fry Me no fry 10:41 am 31 Aug 10

p1 said :

I think they should abolish above the line voting. If you can’t count to a high enough number, or can’t be bothered, then you probably shouldn’t be voting anyway.

Sure random luck will probably result in some weirdos getting in, but what’s the odds of the result being worse then now?

Do you know how many candidates there were for the senate in Eden Monaro? That’s a big ask, numbering that lot.

But yeah, I agree, up to a point.

p1 p1 9:43 am 31 Aug 10

I think they should abolish above the line voting. If you can’t count to a high enough number, or can’t be bothered, then you probably shouldn’t be voting anyway.

Sure random luck will probably result in some weirdos getting in, but what’s the odds of the result being worse then now?

ummmm_no ummmm_no 12:16 am 31 Aug 10

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

I have a suggestion on how to run a new election (…) and then government sponsored hit squads visit the homes of those who voted Green or informal and shoots them dead.

And if the government outsource it to DHL or TNT or “Fast”-whatever, you’d better hope their neighbours voted the same way, too.

milkman milkman 9:51 pm 30 Aug 10

Deano said :

phototext said :

The trains are still running, water still gushing, lights still lighting……

Nor have we been blown to pieces by terrorists or overrun by boat people.

They’re the same thing, if some people are to be believed…

WonderfulWorld WonderfulWorld 9:13 pm 30 Aug 10

Long live the Queen. At least somebody is looking over (A)us.

Deano Deano 9:12 pm 30 Aug 10

phototext said :

The trains are still running, water still gushing, lights still lighting……

Nor have we been blown to pieces by terrorists or overrun by boat people.

Primal Primal 7:36 pm 30 Aug 10

phototext said :

The trains are still running

That’s odd, we didn’t even have trains before Caretaker…

phototext phototext 6:51 pm 30 Aug 10

The worry for the politicians is if it takes too long we may start to wonder if we need them at all.

The trains are still running, water still gushing, lights still lighting……

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 5:32 pm 30 Aug 10

The only problem there Noisy one is that then all the Liberal supporters would want to take out all the Labor supporters and so forth and then there would be all but one left.

Oh wait..

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster 5:22 pm 30 Aug 10

I have a suggestion on how to run a new election. Everybody must show ID and provide their Tax File Number at the polling booth, and the TFN is then written on the ballot papers by the polling official. When the votes are being counted all Green and informal votes are put aside and not counted. The Tax File numbers on these ballot papers are noted and then government sponsored hit squads visit the homes of those who voted Green or informal and shoots them dead.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 5:16 pm 30 Aug 10

Oh I hate when I muck up an intentional typo.. I meant the Mad Katter Party of one of course.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 5:14 pm 30 Aug 10

I can’t see myself ever liking the guy but who better to decide Australia’s fate than the Mad Hatter Party of one and I’m sure we could liken the other two to a couple of characters belonging to the same story.

It’s all bonkers anyhow!

Think there may even be a Queen of Hearts somewhere in there too hehe

NickD NickD 3:30 pm 30 Aug 10

ozmreeee said :

It is a shame that we in the ACT are represented by party hacks in both the House of Reps and the Senate.

You might want to look into the backgrounds of the two new house of representatives MPs – they’re not party hacks, and both defeated the candidates which had been lined up through factional deals. Hopefully they’re able to make a mark.

54-11 54-11 3:26 pm 30 Aug 10

I agree with Al et al (so to speak). I think there is the potential to actually achieve something. Many jurisdictions nationally and globally have or have had some form of minority government, so this isn’t at all unusual.

I’m a bit torn about being thankful that the mad element such as Ironbar have gone, and wishing that there was a little more colour among our elected representatives. This uniform shade of gray across all parties is not only boring, but democratically destructive.

trix trix 3:20 pm 30 Aug 10

I’m more stimulated by the fact that the ABC came up with a travesty like “reign in expenses”. Shurely, since the idiom originally came from horses galloping out of control, they would rather “rein” them in.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:56 pm 30 Aug 10

Funky1 said :

Gungahlin Al said :

$50 million wasted on another election? Entirely unnecessary.

I think the Times are more concerned about the lack of job vacancy advertising they are getting in the meantime. BTW, those combo APSC ads must be hurting the Times badly…

I heard that another election would cost around $120 mil!

Think of the stimulus!

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