The Legislative Assembly has published the finalised composition of the Eighth Assembly. It is what we expected last Saturday. A hung Assembly with the chastened Greens hanging on to the balance of power.
While we await the Greens’ decision on who will form government let’s look at what and who didn’t work in the election campaign.
The Labor effort down south was generally poor (or at least poorly recieved), but Joy Burch with very close to a complete quota will be happy and Mick Gentleman polled strongly for a retread unburdened by the strong Labor rivals of the past.
Brendan Smyth with just .4 of a quota after all his years banging around down south really needs to think about hanging up the boots. Val Jeffery was probably already getting too long in the tooth for this sort of thing.
The Greens Amanda Bresnan with just .3 of a quota probably needed to spend more time in her electorate.
Labor will be thrilled with taking three seats in Belco but Chris Bourke, while new to the Assembly, should have done better than .5 of a quota as a minister.
For the Motorists Chic Henry wasn’t that far off it with .4, but it felt like he lost interest in the contest just when he should have been putting the pedal to the metal. Chic hooning around Belconnen in a big convertible with a couple of bikini models throwing Woodstock cans to grateful bogans would have been a beautiful thing.
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe will be pretty happy with his .9, but after all these years you’d have to think Vicki Dunne polling .5 isn’t good enough. A stronger candidate coming in early in the Assembly to get lots of face time could tip the balance come 2016.
Marion Le’s strange campaign was met largely with disinterest.
The Greens’ Meredith Hunter just barely managed to beat Chic Henry on primary votes which is something for her to think about.
The Team Katy strategy played merry hell with the other Labor candidates in Molonglo. If things had gone slightly worse the cult of personality could have lead to disastrous outcomes rather than be merely bad for her party with serious Labor players at risk of early exclusion.
Simon Corbell with .2 of a quota got beaten on the primary vote by his little known Labor colleague Meegan Fitzharris. It’s probably time for him to seek new opportunities and give someone else a go rather than face oblivion next time around.
Steve Dozspot, with over twice the primary votes of Simon Corbell should be feeling OK, but one has to think the party and the people would be better served if he made way for Elizabeth Lee in the next year or so.
Steve, on the other hand, outpolled all the Green candidates who are certainly in the room of mirrors and won’t be coming out any time soon.
It’s a good thing Shane Rattenbury runs triathlons, because trying to be speaker, lone green MLA, and also get out there in front of the people of Molonglo is going to be one hell of a job. Shane probably remains the best Green for it.
I know if I’d announced the winner of this election two days before people got a chance to vote I’d have preferred a finalised result before now. Yes I’m talking about Noel Towell at the Canberra Times.