Wagga Wagga bye-bye election

The Wagga Wagga by-election has reached its conclusion.


In the by-election on 14 December 1957, on the death of Eddie Graham (Labor), Wal Fife (Liberal) won the seat of Wagga Wagga.

The seat was held by the Liberals till 2018. At the 28 March 2015 election, the seat was won by Daryl Maguire with 53.8% first preferences and beating Dan Hayes (Labor) by 62.9% to 37.1% on preferences.

In July 2018, Maguire was drawn into an inquiry by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption regarding possible corruption involving the former Canterbury Council, through his association with former councillor Michael Hawatt. It was alleged that Maguire had acted on behalf of a “mega big” Chinese client, asking for help in buying into development-approved projects, in return for a commission from the developer for both himself and Hawatt. As a consequence, Maguire resigned from the Liberal Party, and from his roles as Parliamentary Secretary for the Centenary of ANZAC, Counter Terrorism, Corrections and Veterans. After initially refusing to resign from Parliament, he announced he would do so before its next sitting. Maguire tendered his resignation to the Speaker of the Legislative of Assembly on the afternoon of 3 August 2018.

Writs were issued on 17 August for a by-election on  8 September.

The candidates

At the close of nominations, the candidates, in ballot paper order, were

  • Seb McDonagh (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers)
  • Julia Ham (Liberal)
  • Joe McGirr (Independent)
  • Ray Goodlass (Greens)
  • Tom Arentz (Christian Democratic Party)
  • Paul Funnell (Independent)
  • Dan Hayes (Labor)

The count

The voting system was optional preferential, which is why the total votes decreased as preferences were distributed or exhausted.

Wagga Wagga 2018 by-election preference count.png

Erratum: 844 should be 13443 and 3650 should be 42574

The result

Interesting that Ham held her lead until preferences for Funnell and Hayes were distributed. In the end, McGirr won with a whopping 59.6% to Ham’s 40.4%.

The Liberals’ first preferences dropped from 53.8% to 25.5%; two-party preferred from 62.9% to 40.4%.

690 thoughts on “Wagga Wagga bye-bye election

  1. what a lovely country we are.

    PAUL BONGIORNO. No Friend But The Mountains

    When John Minns asked me to help launch No Friend But The Mountains in Canberra I was honoured, because I was aware of Behrouz Boochani’s journalistic work in The Saturday Paper. Now that I have read the book I am humiliated.

    This work is a searing judgement on the nation of Australia.It strips away our self- righteous claims to humanity and exposes our pretensions and hypocrisy.

  2. Congratulations BK and Mrs BK from myself & Mrs Scorpio.

    Big celebration coming up next year for you both.

    Today is my grandson Eli’s birthday. he’s the one who gave us all a bit of concern early in the piece similar to your grandson.

    Eli is 6 today, how old is your grandson now?

  3. Gongrats Mr and Mrs BK on your anniversary, you what’s coming don’t you?

    Do I detect the smell of burning martyr?

  4. This made me really, really cross, and not because of the references to Centrelink, not because of the way poor people allegedly live, but because this woman is so freaking dumb!

    What I Learned About Poverty
    Jane Gilmore
    Spring 2018

    My circumstances were similar, once. Divorced, family home sold, difficulty finding somewhere to live, no income, the usual story. The first thing I did was go to Centrelink and apply for whatever help I could get. I was so innocent about Centrelink I didn’t even know what I was applying for, lucky the woman who dealt with me was extremely helpful and knew what I needed. So there I was, with a sole parent payment, a pension card that gave me free medical care and more and rent assistance assured once I moved out of the family home and started renting.

    Why the hell did this stupid woman starve herself and her family for so long before she finally got herself to Centrelink? Living on rice and vegetables and starving her dogs? Going without soap and toothpaste? Really? Not having much-needed medical treatment because she says she couldn’t afford it? Centrelink would have given her a health care card and her GP visits would have been free. Was her infection before or after she went there? She would have had rent assistance, which would have helped pay her rent.

    You don’t fill in “27 forms” to get Newstart, which I presume what she was after. First, if you have never been a Centrelink client you have to take your 3 forms of ID to a Centrelink office and register. I would think that having kids means this woman already has a Centrelink account, she must have applied for a maternity leave payment, or some financial help with her kids at some stage. You can do the rest of your application online, uploading all the relevant documentation. Anyone with half a brain would know to take all their documentation with them to a first appointment with a job agency. Everyone except this woman.

    I’m the first to agree it’s tough trying to raise kids on next to nothing, with no chance of getting permanent employment in the job you once had, but idiots like this don’t help. Also not helping is her ridiculous account of her dealings with a job agency and Centrelink. It’s not that bad.

    I’d like to know how she found it so easy to keep on borrowing money. No-one except sharks lends to unemployed mums or people on the dole, yet she allegedly kept on borrowing.

    This article may be beautifully written, but that just makes it a beautifully written heap of crap. I suppose she was paid well for it. I hope she remembers to declare that income to Centrelink, or we will be reading a follow-up piece on how those mean bastards docked her payment.

    • That’s good to hear. On the other hand I saw quite a few tweets about a show called The Drum, where everyone on the panel were pumping up scummo’s tyres. I’ve never watched the show, I think I know why, if the tweets are anything to go by.

  5. It’s being live-blogged

    May says the party needs to come together. They need to face up to what is at risk. Labour would accept any deal from Brussels, regardless of how bad it was for the UK. But they would reject any deal May brings back, regardless of how good it is for the UK.

    They are playing politics, she says.

    May says there are people demanding a second referendum.

    They call it the peoples’ vote. But we had a people’s vote, and the people chose to leave.

    A second referendum would be a politicians’ vote, she says. It would be politicians asking for a different result.

    If the Tories don’t unite, “we risk ending up with no Brexit at all”.


    Tessa is playing the “we are strong” card. Reality would suggest otherwise.

  6. Just in time for the election

    The former colleague who has accused Victorian Nationals MP Tim McCurdy of fraud told the MP to “man up” before a hearing today, and also lobbied politicians over the matter, the court has heard.

    McCurdy, a former real estate agent who then became a Coalition frontbencher, is accused of falsifying documents relating to the sale of two dairy farms in northern Victoria in 2009.

    Police alleged he used the company letterhead of former colleague Andrew Gilmour to make the sales and collect commission.


  7. From the New York Times Conferences –

    What does women’s leadership look like from the highest political office in a nation?
    Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand
    Hon. Julia Gillard AC, 27th Prime Minister of Australia
    Interviewed by: Jodi Rudoren, Associate Managing Editor for Audience, The New York Times

    Ms Rudoren seems a bit flummoxed by the voting systems in NZ and Australia.

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Peter Hatch has more on the Australian fake honey revelation.
    Cole Latimer reports that people living in regional and rural NSW are paying up to $1000 more for power a year compared to those in the city, bearing the brunt of high power prices.
    The New Daily’s James Ferneyhough says that Morrison showed this week he has mastered one of US President Donald Trump’s most amazing tricks: the ability to make claims he and everyone else knows are complete nonsense – and to make them with total impunity.
    And it doesn’t matter how much the PM tries to hide our emissions data, we are not going to get to “argue the toss” after failing to “canter it in”, writes Simon Black.
    Peter Hannam explains why Craig Kelly is a prize dill. And Molan’s no better!
    Stephen Bartholomeusz reports that the risk of a global energy shock is rising rapidly as the looming US sanctions on Iran and a rising US dollar combine to export layers of stress to the rest of the world. This is quite concerning.
    Phil Coorey tells us that the Morrison government could be forced to compromise on its new deal for distributing GST revenue after Labor, the Greens and key Senate crossbenchers indicated they would amend the legislation to support a guarantee that no state would be worse off.
    Jacqui Maley reveals that Morrison has formally granted Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy a taxpayer-funded overseas travel entitlement – a perk no other former prime minister has listed in their allowances.
    Jonathan Wenig outlines the things company directors need to up to speed on as the AGM season begins and shareholders are becoming more demanding in their questions.
    Jess Irvine looks at how Newstart allowance has become a budgetary ticking time bomb.
    David Crowe tells us that Shorten will guarantee access to subsidised preschool for around 700,000 children a year in a move that intensifies his policy fight on education ahead of the next election.
    The world economy is at risk of another financial meltdown, following the failure of governments and regulators to push through all the reforms needed to protect the system from reckless behaviour, the International Monetary Fund has warned.
    Peter FitzSimons leaps to the defence of the ABC.
    Trade tensions between the US and China may be coming home to roost for the global economy, with the most closely watched manufacturing surveys flashing warning signs from China to the euro-zone.
    Karen Maley says that while bonuses have now become so ubiquitous that even the sleepiest bank now uses them, Commissioner Kenneth Hayne is far from convinced that this has been a positive development.
    Richard Denniss agrees with Hayne that it is greed that has led Australian banks to steal from dead people.
    Dana McCauley writes about Sally McManus urging Labor to back a radical reform agenda and pledge to rewrite industrial relations laws in government, including the introduction of industry-wide bargaining powers. No doubt the government will seize upon this.
    Elizabeth Knight uses the travails of the AMP and ABC boards to examine what qualifications and experience should be required for directors.
    The drama around the ABC’s sacking of Managing Director Michelle Guthrie and forced resignation of the Chair of the ABC Board, Justin Milne is, directly and indirectly, related to Australia’s adversarial political system.
    The “unquestionably strong” status of the major banks is under further threat from credit rating agencies after Fitch Ratings said the fallout of the Hayne royal commission would increase funding costs, result in fines, raise compliance costs and increase the risk of class actions.
    Freedom Insurance shares slumped almost 30 per cent after announcing it would cease direct insurance sales and later blamed a telemarketer for bulldozing a disabled man into buying a junk insurance policy.
    ASIC is investigating industry superannuation fund Rest after it admitted to breaking the law by failing to give members reasons why it refused death payouts.
    In its submission to the royal commission published yesterday, Rest said it did so 184 times between March last year and September 13 this year.
    An anonymous contribution from a lawyer exposes the questionable practices of law firms breaking prospective lawyers before they start. Despicable, really.
    Residents and business owners along the route of Sydney’s $2.1 billion light rail line have recounted the heavy personal and financial toll the troubled project has had on their lives.
    Federal plans to slug expats millions in capital gains tax if they sell their homes while living overseas could be at risk, amid growing concern from Labor and Senate crossbenchers.
    Nicole Hasham reports on how a key architect of the landmark Paris climate deal has lambasted the Coalition government’s inaction on greenhouse gas emissions, saying it “goes against the science”, squanders economic opportunity and risks Australia’s international standing.
    A group of North Korean hackers stealing hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide may also be targeting Australian financial institutions.
    Sarah Danckert reports that AMP has said it is within its legal rights to charge dead people life insurance premiums, as it hit back against preliminary findings from the Hayne royal commission’s hearings into the insurance sector. Well good luck with that!
    The New York Times has been digging vert deeply into the financial history of the Trump family and finds gaping holes in young Donald’s boasts.
    Here’s more on the NTY Trump exposé.
    Staff at the University of Sydney are considering a boycott of the Ramsay Centre’s western civilisation degree and international students say offering the course would “cause a backlash” from their communities.
    The Indigenous Advisory Council appointed by the prime minister to advise on “practical changes to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples” will meet Scott Morrison for the first time on Thursday, amid rising frustrations with the role of his special envoy, Tony Abbott.
    Two wavering Republican senators lambasted President Donald Trump on Wednesday for mocking a woman who has claimed Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, underscoring the risks of assailing Kavanaugh’s three accusers as Senate support teeters for the Supreme Court nominee. It really was a disgraceful performance from Trump!
    Missouri now has just one clinic providing abortions, after the only other clinic in the state that performs the procedure failed to adhere to new state requirements. The US is marching backwards towards a virtual theocracy!
    Adelaide hospital emergency departments are being swamped and the nurses are not happy.
    Digitising social services could further exclude people already on the margins.
    For a bit of a laugh here are some of Paul Keating’s greatest hits.
    Here’s a new font designed by RMIT to boost people’s memories.
    And today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” . . . .

    Cartoon Corner

    You have to look closely at this one from David Rowe.

    Paul Zanetti weighs in on Greg Inglis.

    David Pope goes to town on tampons.
    More in here – with lots from Matt Golding.

  9. Scummo’s dodgy travel allowance for Mal and Lucy (which Malcolm says he did not ask for and doesn’t want) seems like a tactic to keep Malcolm out of the country as much as possible.

    Will Scummo soon be offering Malcolm an ambassadorial position, to make sure he stays out of the country?

    It’s about time HoJo came home from Washington, isn’t it?

  10. Does David Popes cartoon refer to the fact that refugees in immigration detention have to ask male guards for sanitary pads which are doled out one at a time

    Very pertinent

  11. The ABC board is now trying some desperate arse-covering.

    It might have been believable if they had said this last week, but to tort it out now just makes it look like a ludicrous lie.

    ABC board called for investigation into Guthrie claims before her sacking
    Board says it resolved to appoint expert to investigate issues raised by the former managing director the night before she was sacked

  12. Firefox did an update this morning. I am using both firefox and Chrome, now my picture and links aren’t coming up like they used to. You need to click on the links.

  13. Blimey! Just watched 7.5!

    If the ABC hasn’t just given the finger to Scomo, Mitch & Co tonight, I will be very surprised.

    Could be a number of Libs visiting counselors and other professionals in the morning after watching this.

    • Haven’t seen it yet, but I’ll watch later.

      Virginia Trioli must have missed the “It’s OK to criticise the government” memo. Twitter is full of complaints about her snarky interview with Shorten this morning.( I haven’t seen that, either.)

  14. I might have been a bit early. Tonight’s 7.30 will have the first and probably the last Mark Humphries contribution to giving the Libs a well deserved smack down!

    I wonder what sort of job he will be applying for next after Scomo gets him axed after tonight’s effort.

    BTW, I thoroughly enjoyed it! 😉

  15. Hi Ducky.

    Any idea what the situation is with Leigh Sales?

    Laura Tingle seems to have grown a pair since she joined Auntie.

    Good thing too. I think she seemed to be under some degree of pressure to support the LNP by management of the AFR.

    Not a surprise seeing the Managing Director is an ex Murdock employee.

  16. As Ned would say “get out the old crayolas and colour me surprised” –

    ===White House finds no evidence supporting sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh in FBI probe, WSJ reports===

  17. After 10 years, the notorious Christmas Island detention centre has quietly closed

    The Morrison government quietly closed the detention centre at the weekend, two years after the plan was mooted. For the first time in a decade, no asylum seeker or immigration detainee is imprisoned on Christmas Island.
    The final planeload of 30 detainees left the island on Sunday. The government would not confirm their destinations, other than to say they had been taken to “mainland facilities”. But long-time refugee advocate Pamela Curr said the detainees had been relocated to Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney, Yongah Hill east of Perth and the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation


    The government can “bring them here” from off-shore detention on Christmas Island, but not from Nauru and Manus Island. This was never “Labor’s mess”, it was entirely the making of Coalition governments going back to the Howard years. Th place cost us a fortune to build, around $400 million, plus millions more each year to run.

    The centre was supposed to close in the first half of this year, the government announced in November 2017 that closure would happen in seven months. As usual the government has stuffed up and has not been able to stick to its own timeframe.


  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    In a sobering contribution Catherine McGregor writes that our strategic circumstances are deteriorating rapidly, yet we are seemingly oblivious to the rapidly changing world.
    David Crowe looks at the vexed question of us becoming a republic.
    Paul Karp reports that Michael Kirby has blasted the Coalition for failing to release the Ruddock review, warning that secularism is at threat and Australians are right to be “suspicious” the government has not stated its plans on religious freedom.
    Almost three-quarters of undecided voters in eight Liberal party-held marginal seats say they disapprove of the federal government’s $4.6bn funding deal with the Catholic and independent school sectors, according to new polling data.
    Michelle Grattan looks at Morrison’s prospects for the next election.
    Greg Jericho says that CEOs should reveal how much more they earn than their average worker. He has a telling chart comparing real wages and productivity indexes.
    Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert has been charging taxpayers more than $2000 per month to use the internet at his Gold Coast home. There’s something seriously wrong with this guy!
    Peter Hannam bemoans Australia’s efforts on climate change,
    And he tells us that a plan by Australia’s largest coal-fired power station to expand its ash dam over a disused coal mine has won approval by the environment watchdog even as consultants identify potential “major hazards”.
    Nicole Hasham reports that Australian and South Korean officials have discussed drumming up investment in the controversial Adani mega-mine.
    A severe drought in the Murray–Darling Basin has raised concern among SA irrigators as water storage levels have dropped dramatically in the past 24 months.
    The Bureau of Meteorology drought report reveals near lowest year-to-date rainfall in the Basin, second only to the Federation Drought of 1902, combined with the warmest January to September.
    The SMH editorial says that one consequence of the political instability in Canberra over the past decade is the explosion in the number of living former prime ministers with time on their hands.
    Christopher Kraus reveals that a former senior adviser to Tony Abbott is working as an in-house lobbyist for the tobacco giant Philip Morris, but flaws with the lobbying rules mean he is invisible to the oversight regime covering federal parliament.
    David Crowe explains how Labor has ramped up its pitch to families on education policy with a pledge to scrap upfront fees for students who become preschool teachers.
    In a feature article Gabriella Chan writes on how to change the game on responding to drought. She says it’s not about more money for farmers. It’s about long-term settings for a changing climate – and taking the politics out of it
    Michael Koziol outlines what makes our new race discrimination commissioner tick.
    Ruth Williams writes that the departing tax watchdog has stepped up calls for increased oversight of the Australian Taxation office to address concerns regarding too much power being concentrated in one individual, the Commissioner”
    US Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said that the FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was the “product of an incomplete investigation”. Who would have thought?
    Emma Koehn explains how company directors will be compelled to register for a lifetime ID number or face penalties including a year in prison under a Commonwealth plan to fight phoenixing activity.
    More than $25 million in ­taxpayer-funded Great Barrier Reef contracts were handed to companies linked to a prominent Liberal National Party donor and his wife while she served on the board of the government agency controlling the funds.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz tells us how Trump’s bubble may affect mortgages in Australia.
    Sarah Danckert reports that National Australia Bank’s has again been hit by an alleged mortgage fraud with two people facing criminal charges after so-called “liar loans” were filed with the bank.
    Victorian Nationals MP Tim McCurdy will stand trial over allegations he used deception to secure a near-decade-old real estate deal that earned him $375,000 in commissions. They certainly have standards!
    Freedom of speech can be detrimental to the progress of an enlightened society unless it is used responsibly, writes John Lord. He wonders why the Ruddock report has still not been released.
    NBN customers have been warned to brace for price hikes and worse internet congestion when NBN Co’s discount on 50 megabit-per-second plans ends later this month. One NBN expert told The New Daily consumers could be paying up to $10 more every month – or up to $120 a year – and face more regular buffering and dropouts in the evening when most people are online. It’s a national disgrace!
    Buyers of apartments in Brisbane’s tallest building – AMP Capital’s Skytower are trying to sell out of their properties for as much as 10 per cent discounts – with some buyers being Asian speculators who may be struggling with finance. The canary in the coalmine?
    The Independent Australia tells us that this Coalition Government may have had several incarnations but it seems all three of them – the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison versions – have been hell-bent on destroying the ABC.
    New class actions set to hit the mining industry over casual entitlements will require lawyers first make a 250 per cent return on their costs before claimants see any money.
    US TV news anchor Connie Chung reveals her sexual assault in an open letter to Christine Blasey Ford.
    The US Justice Department has announced the indictment of seven Russian military spies on cyber hacking charges linked to the leaking of Olympic athletes’ drug test data in an alleged effort to undermine international efforts to expose Russian doping.
    Gladys Berejiklian is set to cede the electorate of Wagga Wagga, held by the NSW Liberals for more than six decades until last month’s devastating byelection loss. Quite a capitulation.
    A veteran NSW judge says she fears her colleagues will be driven to suicide if pressure isn’t lifted on the state’s overwhelmed court system.
    The chairman of an airline industry group has accused Canberra Airport of running a gold-plated monopoly, forcing airlines to love it or leave it. Airlines for Australia and New Zealand chairman Graeme Samuel said overdevelopment and a lack of consumer competition regulation at Canberra Airport had meant higher costs for airlines.
    Jenna Price on the perils of teenage parties.
    James Adonis explains how managers can build better sales teams.
    Here are the winners of this year’s “Shonkies” awards.
    And for the sixth year, Tigerair has scored the dubious title of being the most complained about airline in Australia.
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    I love May’s footwork in this David Rowe contribution.

    A good one on the tampon tax from Peter Broelman.

    Paul Zanetti on Morrison’s aid to Indonesia.

    Glen Le Lievre and our efforts on global warming.

    David Pope with what drives Mitch Fifield on ABC board appointments.
    A very snarky Johannes Leak effort.
    More in here.

  19. Went to bed last night and the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming. Woke up this morning and the Chinese are coming, the Chinese are coming. Now I’m confused, which one should I be scared of.

    • Oh..hello “julia”….ta for that..it was a sad development…I shared a house down “The Bay” with him for a short while…he was one of those “airy aesthetes” you would see about in the early seventies…a kind of graduate from the beatnik era , I’d suppose..How are things with you anyway..?

  20. So our new race discrimination commissioner is a former wannabe Liberal candidate, appointed to some cushy positions by Ted Baillieu a few years ago.

    He says he won’t be making any comments, so we can take that as meaning he will not be saying anything against government hate policies. He won’t be doing any advocacy either, so there’s not going to be any point appealing to him on matters involving racial discrimination. He certainly won’t be making controversial speeches that might upset this government. What the hell is he going to be doing to earn that $350,000 a year salary, plus perks? Moonlighting in his former job as a property lawyer, perhaps?

    Did we expect anything else?

    Chin Leong Tan is being very cagey about Section 18C, but you can bet if this government tries again to change it he will be supporting that change.

    He’s just there to fill an empty spot until the government can work out how to abolish his position, as they have wanted to do for some time. More jobs for the Liberal boys, more stacking government appointments with useless stooges, more headaches for an incoming Labor government.

  21. The Chinese are coming!

    Someone needs to tell Scummo the Chinese are coming, because he’s allegedly busy trying to “charm” Chinese Australians into voting for him by talking up the importance of our relationship with China. Odd that he’s doing that while his defence people are talking up the alleged looming threat of China in our region.


    We can work out from that one article that Scummo’s not particularly interested in Chinese Australians, he’s more interested in shoring up marginal Liberal electorates that are likely to swing back to Labor next election.

    Hurstville is in the electorate of Banks, currently held by David Coleman (well might you ask “Who?”) for the Libs, but marginal and likely to swing back to Labor next election. It was always Labor until a redistribution in 2009 made it more Liberal. On its southern end it’s next door to Scummo’s electorate of Cook and Craig Kelly’s Hughes. Scummo will be wanting to make sure he hangs on to that nice little Liberal Party enclave in Sydney’s south.

  22. How can Rolex Robert be spending almost $3000 a month on his home internet access?

    He says he exceeded his data limit and had to pay extra. I don’t believe him. I think he’s just making up numbers to rort his expenses claims. It’s not as if he hasn’t done that before. Just Google “Stuart Robert rorting” and see what you find.

    If we are expected to believe his excuses then the obvious question has to be why didn’t the idiot just upgrade to unlimited data? He’s supposed to have a masters in information technology, FFS!

    • If we are expected to believe his excuses then the obvious question has to be why didn’t the idiot just upgrade to unlimited data? He’s supposed to have a masters in information technology, FFS!

      He claims he has to use mobile data because ADSL, ISDN, NBN etc. “weren’t available”.
      What kind of IT professional buys a house (Nerang, QLD) without checking the Internet connectivity?

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