Election 2019

Well Pubsters here we go. After many tears and years we have finally arrived at Election time. 2019. Contrary to polls for years this will be a close and nail biting time .

The bookies are all saying Labor are a shoe in and in my experience and to my bank balance are very rarely wrong

All starts from now on and updates  will continue .

Lets have fun and hopefully celebrate a labor victory on Sunday Morning.

With The Boss’s kind permission, I am adding links to Gippsland Laborite’s and Vote 1 Julia’s analyses here, in case anyone wants to refer to them.

NSW: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/new-south-wales-2.pdf

QLD: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/queensland-1.pdf

SA: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/south-australia-1.pdf

TAS: “https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/tasmania-5.pdf

VIC: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/victoria-3.pdf

WA: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/western-australia-1.pdf

ACT: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/act-4.pdf

NT: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/nt-4.pdf

Independent and minor party candidates: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/federal-seat-1.pdf

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701 thoughts on “Election 2019

  1. That comment I made earlier about discrimination against women – it comes from the top.

    • There is NOTHING subliminal in this. It’s overt incitement to murder Annastacia Palaszczuk.

      IF she were murdered by someone geed up by this headline, could Uncle Rupe be charged as an accessory before the fact?

      From another perspective, if some brave person were to murder Murdoch, could s/he use the defence of justifiable homicide? On the ground of the violence he was deliberately inciting?

  2. I do hope the doors stay open here.I really dont think labor has done to much wrong over the past 6years or so.The only mistake was to believe the electorate was more intelligent than it really is.

  3. Earlier today Gigilene described FauxMo as “A vicious, cunning beast.”

    His agenda when parliament returns illustrates that in spades.

    First up he wants to repeal the Medevac legislation. He wants to make an immediate start on a new coal-fired power station in Queensland. He’s going to ram his tax cuts through parliament. Welcome to 1952.

    Assuming he gets it all past the Senate, that is, which may not be easy now.

    One question I’d love to see someone ask FauxMo, but never will is “you claim to be a Christian. How do you reconcile your cruel treatment of refugees and asylum seekers with the teachings of Christ, who was, himself, a refuge for the first few years of his life?”

    Today – not a sitting day – he was back at work. His first duty is revealing, he had a briefing from Defence. Not an urgent budget meeting, not a decision to forge ahead with a referendum on an indigenous voice in parliament, not a meeting to decide a climate policy. Nope, just more war-mongering.

    Australia under FauxMo could possibly morph into a cross between 1984’s Oceania and The Handmaid’s Tale’s Gilead. Only people power can stop him.

  4. In the next three years Labor has got to go the L/NP method of campaigning, small target,don’t release any policies, blather shite point the finger at the current government then when they actually win roll out the big idea’s. Howard gave them the chance for this with his ‘core and non-core’ promises. Fight fire with fire, if they get dirty get dirtier. Regarding the current abomination I wonder how long before it unravels and spud head decides it’s his time for a go? When it comes too the soon to be leader of the PLP, I honestly don’t have a choice and none of them are a stand out for me. Another three years of chaos. Hooray whoopee fek. Time for another Bundy. On a positive note, glad to read that this august site is going to keep going. To the people that are taking over the reins I dips me lid and if I can make a small financial contribution I will.

    • i give them two years – two years of chaos, leadership struggles and, hopefully, a difficult Senate. Plus a collapsing global economy.

  5. The changing face of the labour markets

    Are tradies in Western Sydney Labor’s heartland now?
    Tradies are all self employed.

    The Labor heartland is always unionised workforces Today those workforces are more likely to be nurses, teachers, aged care workers, public servants.

    Labor seems to have grasped the new reality with policies to help women rejoin the workforce when their children are young, escape domestic violence

  6. From page 2 of Poll Bludger Term 3, Day 3
    Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Crowe reports that key powerbrokers in the new Senate have warned the Coalition has no mandate for its tax changes, even as it inches towards a majority in Parliament.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/morrison-faces-senate-clash-on-tax-mandate-20190520-p51pdj.html
    And it faces a Senate veto of its effort to repeal the law requiring medical transfers of refugees from offshore detention, throwing into doubt plans to close the Christmas Island detention facility.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/morrison-s-promise-to-repeal-refugee-medical-transfer-bill-faces-senate-block-20190520-p51pa2.html
    On top of this Christopher Knaus reports that a key figure in the emerging Senate crossbench, Rex Patrick, has warned his party will not support the Coalition’s proposed anti-corruption body unless it is given stronger powers.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/21/crossbenchers-will-not-support-anti-corruption-body-unless-its-powers-are-boosted
    Shane Wright demonstrates how inner-city Australia is turning its back on the rest of the country, swinging strongly to the political left in traditional Labor and Liberal strongholds and forcing both parties into battles across the nation’s suburbs and regional centres.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/the-left-right-identity-fault-line-cracks-through-the-quinoa-curtain-20190520-p51p9o.html
    The Guardian tells us that Two Labor rightwingers, Chris Bowen and Jim Chalmers, are weighing up whether to run for Labor leader against Anthony Albanese, effectively forcing the party to undertake a grassroots ballot.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/20/chris-bowen-and-jim-chalmers-weigh-up-labor-leadership-run-against-albanese
    This young Melbourne voter explains why she voted Liberal.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/i-m-young-i-voted-liberal-and-i-am-not-a-bigot-20190519-p51p34.html
    Eryk Bagshaw tells us how Labor was drowning in hubris before Saturday night.
    https://www.theage.com.au/federal-election-2019/drowning-in-hubris-labor-s-lavish-last-supper-before-crushing-loss-20190520-p51p6z.html
    Based on this report it was a wise decision of mine to give Q and A a miss last night.
    https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/alan-jones-revels-in-q-and-a-s-free-kicks-but-there-is-no-clear-path-ahead-20190521-p51pfa.html
    This is a thoughtful article from Jenna Price where she tells us about the early indications that Queensland was gone for Labor.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/labor-failed-to-heed-warning-bells-in-queensland-20190520-p51pb8.html
    Scott Morrison has used his first television interview after his shock election victory to call for Australians to “disagree better” in political debate. I would like to think we could get more factually truthful debates.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/morrison-calls-for-more-civil-debate-after-nasty-campaign-20190520-p51pey.html
    Integrity experts say the patently false and “scandalous” claims spread during the election give renewed impetus for truth in political advertising laws, saying reform is now a “no-brainer”. The election was littered with false and exaggerated claims, many of which were propagated by fringe groups on social media and amplified by major parties.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/20/false-election-claims-spark-push-for-truth-in-political-advertising-laws
    Amanda Reade outlines the euphoric response from the Murdoch mastheads to Morrison’s victory.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/20/murdochs-messiah-news-corp-gets-biblical-with-coverage-of-morrisons-resurrection
    The AFR editorial says that without boosting growth, the Morrison government will not be able to afford its tax cuts and sustain the surpluses needed as a buffer in a low-growth, high-volatility world economy strewn with political risks.
    https://www.outline.com/BqaRaW
    It also says that the government has a mandate to keep the current inefficient tax system in place, but raising revenue will be made harder by a slowing economy.
    https://www.outline.com/KNPpRS
    In a rather frightening contribution Greg Jericho warns that we need more than confidence to improve the sad state of affairs the economy is in.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/may/21/we-need-more-than-confidence-to-improve-the-sad-state-of-affairs-the-economy-is-in
    In similar vein Paul Bongiorno says it’s just as well Scott Morrison believes in miracles, because any close analysis of the key claims of his “better economic managers” campaign show them to be built on very shaky foundations.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/05/20/scott-morrison-more-miracles-needed/
    Bill Shorten’s strategy to bypass conservative media during the election campaign always looked risky – and it ultimately failed. But not because of Rupert Murdoch or Alan Jones, writes John McDuling.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/how-shorten-s-misfiring-media-strategy-played-straight-into-morrison-s-hands-20190520-p51pcj.html
    Fergus Hunter reports that Tony Abbott’s conservative backers have urged the Coalition government to find the former prime minister with his “immense talents” an important public role following his ousting as the Member for Warringah by independent Zali Steggall.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6135187/government-urged-to-make-use-of-abbotts-immense-talents/?cs=14350
    Eryk Bagshaw reveals that calls for the controversial franking credits policy to be dumped after Labor was hit with swings as high as 15% against it in polling booths where people aged over 60 made up more than 15% of the population, new figures show.
    https://www.theage.com.au/federal-election-2019/labor-s-franking-credits-blamed-for-huge-swings-in-booths-with-older-residents-20190520-p51p76.html
    Neoliberalism is dead and Labor needs to move convincingly to the Left if it is to provide a real choice for voters, writes Abhranil Hazra.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/neoliberalism-the-alp-and-the-unlosable-election,12722
    This contribution from Peter Hartcher on appetites for gun control is well worth reading.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/why-the-home-of-william-tell-has-got-tough-on-weapons-20190520-p51p8b.html
    There is an emerging view within federal Labor that it should pass the Coalition’s income tax cuts when they are presented to the Parliament next month.
    https://www.outline.com/Yxnj5E
    Queensland has been transformed into a stronghold state for the Coalition after right-wing preferences helped the LNP hold a string of seats.
    https://www.outline.com/cRdUcC
    Ben Oquist writes that the election result does not change the scientific imperative to reduce carbon emissions. The climate wars – the battle over effective climate action policy – are not done, but the energy wars – over Australia’s renewable energy uptake – should be.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/the-message-morrison-shouldn-t-take-away-from-the-election-20190520-p51p8h.html
    And Jennifer Hewett writes that business might be calling for more bi-partisanship on energy policy. They may as well save their breath, she says.
    https://www.outline.com/CUsuMD
    If you can bear to read it here is Michael Kroger’s take on the election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/morrison-was-always-in-front-we-just-didn-t-know-it-20190520-p51p96.html
    Kerryn Phelps might have a crack at becoming Sydney’s Lord Mayer.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/sharma-brushes-aside-cabinet-questions-phelps-to-consider-her-future-20190520-p51pch.html
    Lisa Martin reports that Australia’s nursing homes have been in the spotlight for five months and there is a picture emerging of residents being routinely drugged, physically restrained for large parts of the day and subjected to an heavily institutionalised daily routine.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/21/its-our-reputation-why-nursing-homes-are-denying-australians-the-dignity-of-risk
    This didn’t take long! The coal industry has urged the re-elected Morrison government to build new coal-fired power stations.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/20/coal-industry-urges-re-elected-morrison-government-to-build-new-coal-plants
    The training sector needs to be brought back into the education portfolio and energised to reflect the [ace of workplace change.
    https://www.outline.com/7zgcrB
    In an exclusive story The Age reports that Victoria Police failed to tell the police informants royal commission or the state government that Nicola Gobbo had worked as an informer as early as 1995, an omission that forced the government to expand the terms of reference and sparked the resignation of one of the commissioners.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/police-forgot-to-inform-the-royal-commission-about-gobbo-s-history-as-an-informer-20190520-p51pda.html
    Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that China’s currency has been depreciating this month, bringing to the verge of a psychological threshold that could provoke an angry response from the US.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/china-s-provocative-currency-move-is-nudging-another-flashpoint-with-trump-20190520-p51p7y.html
    A senior manager at NSW’s roads agency and a direct report are alleged to have helped their friends’ companies win contracts worth $11.3 million over the last four years. ICAC is on the job.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-road-officials-accused-of-helping-mates-firms-win-11m-contracts-20190520-p51p9a.html
    Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are trying to work out the implications of the latest hit to Huawei, this time through the Android operating system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/technology/australian-telcos-blindsided-by-us-trade-war-hit-to-huawei-20190520-p51pbp.html
    Ethnic minorities in Britain are facing rising and increasingly overt racism, with levels of discrimination and abuse continuing to grow in the wake of the Brexit referendum, nationwide research reveals.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/20/racism-on-the-rise-since-brexit-vote-nationwide-study-reveals
    Boris Johnson in No 10 will be a fitting finale to this dark decade.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/20/boris-johnson-no-10-labour-back-remain
    Fresh from receiving a $300m bailout, from Murdoch’s News Corp, Foxtel is desperately trying to retain subscribers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/foxtel-scrambles-to-keep-subscribers-after-game-of-thrones-finale-20190520-p51pd4.html
    Our mate Mehajer is due to walk out of prison today but his legal problems are by no means over.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/salim-mehajer-to-walk-from-nsw-prison-but-his-legal-woes-continue-20190520-p51pd9.html

  7. David Rowe brings the Game of Thrones to an end.

    And some nice work from David Pope.

    From Matt Golding.




    A rugby union metaphor from Cathy Wilcox.

    A couple from Mark David.

    John Shakespeare on the polling.

    Also from Shakespeare.

    Chris Downes has a point here.

    Sean Leahy and the Adani washup.

  8. It very much seems climate change is way off the media’s radar post-election. It’s almost as if they are all following orders to avoid the topic completely. With a coal-worshipping government filled with climate change deniers in charge, supported by media moguls who now have exactly what they wanted and don’t give a stuff about anything but their own profits why would we expect any different?

  9. Like many others here I have been gutted since Saturday (guttering started slowly at about 7.30 that evening and grew slowly then accelerated from about 9.00).

    I haven’t touched base here until this morning. Too devastated, too saddened.

    I’m now closer to 90 than 80 and, although I am remarkably well, I am aged and I fear I will never again see the election of an ALP Federal Government.

    I remember well the heady, uncontrollable days of the Whitlam Government, the steady vision of Hawke and Keating and, as we all do, the rocky road that Gillard travelled with such aplomb but that was then and this is now and the outlook is so bleak. One of the best observations I have seen since Saturday is that Kyrios is now the ideal sporting ambassador for the Australia that Australians declared was theirs at the weekend.

    Joe, like Vote1Julia, I remember well meeting you and Cat and Bushfire and V1J and a couple of others at Abduls for an excellent Sunday lunch. Thank you so much for starting this Blog and giving us true believers a haven away from the squabbles across the road. It hasn’t been by chance that we have been free of trolls. You and Fiona and Leonie have run things so well. I remember the drinks on Friday and the football comps. We did have fun.

    I’m glad to see that this group will live on. We need somewhere to grieve together and to plot for the future.

    Our fellow Australians may have disappointed us but we are still Australia, not Central Western Europe nor battered and confused USA. For now, New Zealand and probably Canada show us the way. Mrs Bmcisme and I are to old to emigrate to NZ so we’ll stay here in the Blue Mountains (where I am watching every update of the voting numbers for my friend Sue Templeman), enjoy our grandchildren and read what people I respect write in this remarkable Blog,

    Again, thanks, Joe,

    • I can’t emigrate to NZ either, I can’t afford to. I’m stuck here wondering what this mob have planned for Medicare and my pension. At least I have a roof over my head – for now – which is more than many women my age can say.

      I’ve got my fingers crossed for Susan Templeman. I have taken an interest in that electorate because of the Windsor Bridge debacle. My family have a connection to the area from the early days of white settlement. Susan has been a star with her attention to the bridge business, but as it’s a NSW government thing and as whichever FauxMo minister was in charge of the heritage register couldn’t be bothered doing his job her efforts were in vain. The new bridge and the destruction of so much Windsor history went ahead.

      Despite those crossed fingers I fear Ms Templeton will be defeated by a handful of votes. Damn it! She deserves another term, or more.

  10. Bugger, my avatar (a picture of my great grandfather sitting in a cane chair in the backyard of the house of my youth) is gone!!!!

  11. And now we learn parliament will not sit in June.

    I suppose FauxMo and his henchgoons need extra time to come up with a few ideas. Thinking is not among their limited talents.

    There are a few rules to make sure parliament does return and to ensure FauxMo, hyped up by the success of his one man band campaign, doesn’t decide to run things all by himself from a caravan in the parking lot of Horizon Convention Centre (aka Shirelive Property Limited) so he can nip into church and pray for guidance whenever he feels the need.

    Parliament can sit as soon as the writs have been returned.

    According to the actual writs issued by the GG for the 2019 election they must be returned by 28 June. Oddly enough that’s the day the new GG, David Hurley, will be sworn in.

    It’s entirely likely that FauxMo will hold off parliament’s return until the 46th Parliament can be officially declared open by the new GG, as his first official duty.

    After the writs have been returned parliament must sit within 30 days, so FauxMo could, if he wished, hold off returning until the end of July. I wouldn’t put it past him to do that. Remember, FauxMo waited until the last possible day to call an election that was held on the last possible day..

    The PMO have every confidence those tax cuts will be legislated sometime this year. Or in the first half of next year, which is not telling us much.

    • It will also give the media more time to keep on talking crap about Labor.

      Everything is about Labor now – what Labor did wrong, what policies Labor will change, endless talk about who will be the new Labor leader, and, once the leadership is decided, they will start on leadershit speculation about possible challenges.

      Meanwhile the government sails on unscrutinised and uncriticised.

  12. The election is done ad dusted and there’s bugger all we can do about the result so this will be my last comment on it and to the people that voted for the L/NP with is aimed squarely at you. Don’t bitch and moan when an elderly or infirm relative can’t get access to in home care or into a nursing home. Don’t bitch and moan when your son/daughter needs access to equipment to cope with their disability and can’t get it. Don’t bitch and moan when you can’t get access to hospital treatment for something that will improve your life. Don’t bitch and moan when the pittance you receive from welfare benefits become less. AUSTRALIA, suck it up because this is exactly what you voted for. Maybe you’re on of the lucky ones that will get around $1100 a year in tax breaks while your big bosses and company owners will get around $11000. Don’t bitch and moan you go backwards while the big end of town increase their profits and finally ask your family and friends did they vote for L/NP?, because it all lands squarely on their shoulders if they did.
    EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. THEM!!!!

    • And to all those farmers who regularly moan about droughts and floods and put their hands out for government assistance while refusing to move their farming methods out of the 19th century and denying the existence of climate change – you are in for the toughest of times as climate change worsens and your farms become unviable. You voted back corrupt, rotten to the core, lazy National Party MPs. You deserve whatever hell awaits you. Don’t expect me to donate to “save the farmers” campaigns.

  13. Chris Bowen has confirmed he will run for the Labor leadership.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/may/21/labor-liberals-morrison-politics-live

    That means there has to be a formal vote from party members, not just a caucus decision as there would be if there was only one candidate.

    I suppose there needs to be a contest, just so no-one can say there was a done deal with whoever wins.

    I’m not impressed by either Albo or Bowen as potential leaders, Albo has been fabulous with infrastructure, but he was way out of his depth as Rudd v. 2’s communications/NBN minister. He had no idea what he was talking about. I expect as PM he won’t be able to be across all the details.

    Bowen would be a great treasurer, he knows his stuff inside out and he’s been very good at demolishing the government’s loopy handling of what passes for our economy. As leader though, I really don’t know. I tend to think he’d be better than Albo, for a few reasons, but he does come with a lot of baggage from being Shorten’s right hand man.

    My pick would be Jim Chalmers, but so far he hasn’t put himself forward.

    It’s just a shame women are being totally left out. After all Labor’s boasting about having 50% of their parliamentary representation made up of women the contenders for leadership and especially deputy leadership seem to be all white males. I understand why no women want to be leader, in the current hate-filled Australia that would not work, but what about deputy? All the suggestions seem to be for an all-male team of leader, deputy, treasurer and finance minister.

    • I pretty well concur with what you have said about a new leader. I do hope Jim Chalmers runs, but as I don’t have any say in the matter, I will just have to accept whomever is chosen. The definitely need to keep Tanya as deputy so they shove the lack of women thing in their faces.

    • For almost identical reasons all of us who are writing as to our leadership choice are saying Jim Chalmers. I concur, Let’s see what develops over the next few days.

    • Kerist! Just because Joel inherited his seat doesn’t make him smart enough to be leader

      I am glad no woman is standing for leadership because the public discourse has just got feral and a woman leader will probably need a security detail to stop nutters from shooting her. Every former lover would be open for interogation – after all women keeps themselves for their husband on their wedding night yeah sure

    • They seem to be all Ruddists or just were anti-Gillard. Joel said he wants to move to the right. I thought he wanted to save the sheep.

    • Well, I certainly won’t be voting for the Cessnock monkey. I’ve never forgiven him for his role in undermining Julia. He’s nought but a dunny rat…He was quick to lay blame for the bad result in his electorate because he almost lost to Pauline Hanson – says his constituents don’t know what Labor stands for anymore but I’ll bet pounds to peanuts he wasn’t out there working his butt off to educate them. Once he was an excellent Labor MP but his seat was too safe for too long and he became lazy and complacent.

      Actually, there’s not much choice there – all three candidates were Rudd rats.

  14. This is Craig Warhurst, editor of the Sunshine Coast Daily, the man responsible for yesterday’s appalling front page. (It’s nor Craig’s preferred photo, not the one he uses for business purposes, which shows him with a haircut and no beer)

    Queensland Labor has made an official complaint to the Press Council.

  15. Seriously, what would Joel Fitzgibbon do to appeal to those unemployed coal miners in the Hunter Valley who have been screwed over by 30 years of labour hire arrangements and automation of open cut mines.

  16. Please don’t close the Pub! Please!

    After my first coffee and the crossword, here is where I come for my daily dose of sanity. I also have my breakfast, so I’m not thinking on an empty stomach! Who else but BK can help me find my way to the important issues of the day and sane objective commentary on them?

    Twenty years ago I might have offered myself as a stand-in pro tem of the right person willing to fill Joe’s shoes; I am sure there are other ‘regulars’ still quick witted and able to do the job!

    It’s not time, gentlemen (and ladies!)! Please!

    • Don’t worry, it’s not time yet. We are staying open, as usual.

      I’m not sure how it will work yet, but more information will be available soon.

    • Lovely to here from you, Patricia.

      I think The Pub will likely survive. I am less confident about our political institutions and democratic traditions. I hope they will. Like BrianMac I’m worried that I may not last to see better government. Aside from the sadness of what seemed a likely win, I weep for the most urgent things we need in the public sector, right at the top of them being an Integrity Commission.

      The only upsides I can see is that some of the government abominations may catch up with them, leading to a disintegration. And given the level of competence, that is possible. The other is that they won’t get away with a ‘Blame Labor’ campaign again. So eventually there will be a reckoning.

    • Seriously –

      not even sworn in yet and this government has already broken one election promise – those tax cuts that were supposed to arrive on 1 July.

    • It is not – and never has been – “a lump sum tax refund”. It’s a tax offset:
      https://www.budget.gov.au/2019-20/content/tax.htm

      Tax offsets, sometimes referred to as rebates, directly reduce the amount of tax payable on your taxable income.

      In general, offsets can reduce your tax payable to zero but on their own they can’t get you a refund.

      Anyone expecting a cheque for $1080 is deluding themselves.

  17. gigilene

    I read it, he is raring to go, get Labor mobile and do some thinking. I thought it was quite a good article. He was responding to stuff that has come up on his social media.

    • I thought Sam made some good points.

      Labor lost partly because they ran a clean, honest, decent campaign, as they always do, and the Coalition ran their usual filthy campaign filled with lies.

      The campaign the Nats ran here against Oakeshott was despicable, but we expected that, it was much the same as earlier campaigns when they have had a decent (in every sense of the word) opponent. The campaign culminated with the Nats sneaking out late last Friday night to plaster polling places with posters on every available inch of fence, all of them telling lies about Rob. I thinkl they broke a few electoral laws there, but there’s no poiunt complaining when the umpire is the government you are complaining about. took it in his stride, as he has done before.

      The lies from the Coalition really bit, they were s into ears by talkback radio and incessant TV ads, they were allover everywhere.

      This sums up their effect –

  18. gigilene

    I think we might be talking at cross purposes here. Labor ran a great campaign, but it didn’t look at how it would be used by a party of liers and msm that backed them up instead of calling out.

    • So Labor was out of touch bec they ran a clean campaign. They should have lied, then. And they shouldn’t have had a reformist agenda. It’s all beyond my understanding. Sorry.

  19. Hi folks.

    I believe we had a fantastic agenda to offer Australia but the personal attacks on Bill Shorten and the fact that he can be a bit boring to some people, an example was on the wednesday before the election Charlie Pickering in a line refering to him as a man with no viseion.

    This subtext that ran throughout all the time he was leader must have sunk into peoples heads and in this age of the cult of celebrity combined for people to say to themselves ” I don’t like him he’s a boring fart” and voted against him because of that.

    I would prefer a boring person with a great vision than a charismatic presidential type who has no idea but it seems I am in the minority on that score.

    Anyway hindsight is good but useless in preventing what happened yesterday. Let’s gird our loins and continue the fight for the next election.

    While I’m here has BK abandoned us?

    • Agreed on Labor.

      In addition – The Guardian has an article up today about what Labor can learn from Zal iSteggall about winning. I have not read it, the titles was enough.

      FFS! How dumb and how biased can they be?

      Ms Steggall had the MSM behind her, they promoted her, ran daily stories about how well she was doing, treated her as if she was a celebrity. She also had GetUp behind her.

      No wonder she won!

      The media never bothered to mention the other candidates, especially not the Labor one.

      Labor, on the other hand, was treated abysmally by the media – all of it, not just the Murdoch part. Everything any Labor person said was criticised, pulled apart, Labor shadow ministers and Shorten himself were deluged with gotcha questions and were accused many times of lying. Patrica Karvelas accused Penny Wong of lying several times in one interview and then had a big sook when people said she had shown bias.

      FauxMo was allowed to getaway with lies, given the easiest rides in interviews and was never asked any in-depth questions.

      It all sucks.

    • I don’t know what BK is up to. I’m hoping one of the more persuasive moderators will be able to lure him back. If not, then I’m hoping he allows us to keep on copying his links.

    • Leone I read the article and you were thoughts are spot on. Many commenters agreed with you

      Zali had money, Get Up volunteers and an experienced campaign manager. Zali had to address the concerns of Warringah, one homogenous small electorate, a political party has to balance the competing concerns of 150 electorates

  20. I have never found Bill boring. It’s a myth fabricated and spread by the media. Although I didn’t always agree with Shorten, I liked his face and his pressers. Look at Morrison’s face and compare. Also Shorten had vision, vision for a better Australia with happy, healthy, educated people.

    • There is a TED talk that says a successful politician has to appeal to your emotions

      Scott Morrison appealed to peoples emotions by standing over Shorten, by striking fear into the voters and then by lulling them into the security of his bosom. All standard techniques of the evangelical churches.

      Shorten always appealed to the voters intellect – always my preference

  21. Still at 12 – I just checked.

    Nutter Roberts is still on 8.

    However, it’s not the individual votes that matter, it’s the overall total, and as ON’s top Queensland Senate candidate Roberts might just scrape back in. ON doesn’t have a quota yet, but that could change when preferences are finalised. Fingers crossed he doesn’t make it.

  22. ausdavo across the road posted this letter from retired W.A. District Court Judge.

    “After the shock and disbelief, this is my message to my friends and to the Australia that is my home.

    The Engel is not in any way religious, as you know, but if I ever have to preach a sermon from a pulpit, then let this and Facebook be my voice.
    I have never meant anything more than this.
    Please spare a few moments to listen to my song.

    The next time Queensland farmers ask for donations to help them during a drought, remember this election.

    When WA and Tasmania moan that the rest of the country has forgotten them, remember this election.

    When even your own children despair for their futures, remember this election.

    When your company sacks you because they can get someone to do your job cheaper overseas, remember this election.

    When you see more homeless on our streets, more addicts in our Emergency wards, more of our young in despair without a job, a home, or hope, remember this election.

    When you too struggle to pay your rising energy and water bills, sweat through constantly hotter and hotter days, and worry whether or not you can switch on your air conditioning – remember.

    When you see our rivers dry up, whilst men in the Cayman islands count the dollars they have from selling water that doesn’t exist, remember that these power greedy men never said they had any policies.

    When you ask yourself why there are adverts on our ABC, and grumble that its programmes, and those on SBS aren’t as good as they used to be, remember this election.

    Yes, you have yourselves to blame – no-one else but you.

    When you see Clive Palmer fuck over the Queenslanders who voted for him, smile and remember this election.
    When you see Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts rant, rave, moan and spill their racist bile, remember.

    When Pacific nations start sending refugee boats to Australia because their homelands have sunk beneath the waves, lost for ever to the climate change this government neglects, remember this election.

    In your heart and your mind you know they lied to keep their wealth and power and that they’ll never lose a microsecond of sleep feeling guilty about it.

    When their leader goes to pray to his imaginary god in the sky, remember that, for all his words of love for his fellow man, he is a sham, an empty shell, who ruthlessly turned away desperate souls fleeing in search of sanctuary from a country they believed had a heart.
    Remember this professedly Christian man who then proudly boasted of his inhumanity to his fellow man and has done so every day since.

    Above all, remember his blatant lies when next he tells you of his inherent goodness.
    Remember his true belief – that hypocrisy lies deep in his soul – and that he is fine with that.

    You know that billionaires, foreign and domestic, have smashed our democracy like angry children hammering the toys they think they own, just because they can.

    You know that Rupert Murdoch sleeps soundly in his gilded bed and that he and his dynasty will never pay a cent in Australian tax, but that he will continue to wield his own political beliefs and his power to control the minds of those unable to think for themselves.

    My friends, the worst of us have prevailed and the best of us weep.

    Myopic mammonites, who can’t see further than their wallets, have sold our futures to finance their seven mansions, as the heartless Peter Dutton proudly boasts.
    Not for them the despair of the young, struggling to feed their children and unable to sleep at nights for fear of what tomorrow holds.

    Surly VB drinkers, snarling at the women who fled their misogyny, and fearful of their pathetic dwindling potency, lashing out at their loved ones in their impotent rage, have put pencil to paper to fuck things up for everyone, because they inside hate themselves and all of the world.

    The children of our beloved leader’s rich Pentecostal Church, and the other piffling 8% of Australia who believe in an imaginary friend, have believed that their privilege was threatened and, knowing it was all bullshit, nonetheless voted for the lie.
    Knowing they are in decline, they desperately cling to a man they know will protect their right to their bigotry at the expense of the overwhelming majority, who simply want to get on with their lives, free from the restrictions of medieval beliefs and practices. They see now a leader who will give them far more influence and control than they should have over the other 92% of Australians who have moved on into the 21st century and who live their lives trying to live in THIS world, not an imaginary next.

    Remember them when the right wing religious bigots impose on society policies in line with their blinkered and selfish beliefs.

    Remember too the vain men with the hair transplants and paid-by-the-hour lovers, the women with the paralysis injections in their sagging facial muscles, and silicone bags bracketing their shrivelled hearts, and who today are toasting their success in Prosecco and cheap champagne.

    Remember the men who purchase yet another red Porsche to compensate for their inherent incompetence, and yes, remember too those in their utes who place Australian flags on their roofs as they drive through our towns with roaring enhanced exhausts, and middle fingers thrust through their windows.
    All of these are happy today.

    Remember them.

    We tell ourselves that we used to be better than this, and some of us were.

    We tell ourselves that this too will pass, but thirty six months is a long time when selfish men sit on the throne and the planet is cooking itself towards extinction.

    Three years is too long for me. I am an old man in poor health, and I know now that I shall not live to see a government of heart come again to this country that I have come to love.

    So here is a message for the despairing young.

    Your problem isn’t Baby Boomers, it’s the wealthy, the powerful, the blatantly corrupt, who told you that it was the Baby Boomers.

    Use your skills and your energy and your wonderful facilities with social media to take up the cause of decency, honour and the pursuit of a better world.

    Work with those of us who remember the days of free education, and kinder times when neighbourliness meant something.

    Join with those of us who want to take us back to an Australia that wasn’t just an economy, where money wasn’t the only thing that mattered, but when it was a country with heart, with passion, with vision, with compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves : when it was a country with hope and a fundamental belief in the goodness of who we are.

    We can beat this evil next time, but we need to build alliances to do it.
    We need to believe in hope, not in fear.
    We need to question, not acquiesce.
    We need to embrace change, not run from the lies that it will never be for the better.
    We need to stand up for what is right, speak up for those without a voice, and we need to turn away from individual selfishness towards a communal belief in one another.

    And finally, my friends, we have to believe that even the most stupid and bigoted amongst us will learn to see pure empty, meaningless bullshit when it comes at us in spades, and that Australia will one day put it in the compost heap of history where it belongs.

    My friends, we HAVE to change as a Nation.

    We HAVE to be better than all of this.”

    • I guess a tax offset is technically a tax cut for some people, but those expecting a cheque in the mail will be disappointed.

    • Absolutely not.

      For a start Middle Eastern men with English as a second or third language don’t do well in Australian elections.

      A humble carpenter turned itinerant preacher, travelling with a group of likewise unemployed men, all couch surfing and living off the charity of friends and not having the financial backing of wealthy business men or political parties have had no chance.

      What political party would have accepted him as a candidate anyway? Australians do not think well of refugees these days and Jesus was a refugee for a few years, as a child. Jesus would have had to run as an independent.

      The media would have mocked him as a “bleeding heart” leftie, they would have said he just wanted to get into politics as an easy way to make a living. They would have accused him of campaigning just for whatever government funding he might get. If you thought expecting wealthy retirees to give up their franking credits was a tough call then imagine how Jesus’s call to give up all you have and follow him would have gone down.

      Imagine the field day the Murdoch media would have had with a left-wing candidate who embraced the poor, the sick and those society shunned.

  23. I still remember, bearing in mind that at that time I was politically aware, I knew Labor was the only party worth voting for. Anyway back to I still remember when howard introduced the franking credit (although i didn’t know what it was about) there was an ad of an elderly woman with a big smile flashing a cheque. I can still see that ad in my minds eye.

  24. I’ve been trying to think about the feelings I’ve been feeling since Saturday, and the best comparison seems to be that I’ve lost a war that I thought I was on the winning side of, and now I’m awaiting punishment from the victors. I don’t know what is in store, but all I know is that it’ll be horrible and I don’t have enough connections to make the impact less bad.

    Maybe I’ll just end up dead in 2 years because Morrison enacts a change in the Newstart system where I’ll have to pick fruit in temperatures 40°C+ next summer for 8+ hours each day just to keep on being accepted in the system? Who knows? Who fucking cares at this point?

    • Kirsdarke,
      I can so relate to where you are coming from. It is a truely horrible feeling that, as someone who is considered “poor”, I could be “punished” for not having a job, or superannuation, or any of the other markers of someone who is “blessed by God”.

      And I feel angry that I am made to fear my government, that my whole life here has previously taught me that I had a safety net, and support to find work. Not the current increasingly punative situation that we are in.
      Don’t know what I’m gong to do next, but I do hope that you find a proper science-y job soon – even if it is overseas. Good luck!

  25. Thats not Wow or fucking great .
    Look at the results In A democracy the majority have had their say

    That is a whinging piece of crap again calling people that voted against Labor as Morons,Dickheads racists crap.

    labor fucked up fair and square trying to think the whole of Aus should cop their Southern feel good agenda.
    Its not ok for city dwellers to tell regional people to suck it up and make sacrifices for climate change when those same city dwellers wont have to make any.

    The electric cars crap cost them heaps. Live in the inner city fine have a small car that you can drive to work and pick the kids up them go home and plug it into the socket in the garage is fine.
    Live any way away from the majors even just outside and everyone Knew it wasn’t feasible and was a Stupid wank.
    People need to learn Australia is a fucking big country and the more you put shit on folks for exercising there democratic rite to vote the more you will alienate those that did

    I wanted Labor to win . They didn’t and I understand why but dont disparage those that didn’t

    AS far as the future of The Pub is I made a statement last Sunday and Ive had representations from some people I like and respect to reconsider . I said I would think about it BUT nothing is certain yet.And any announcements to the contrary may have been premature

  26. WOW!

    This such self righteousness from somone disparaging “Southerners” for rubbishing those, including “Queenslanders” who voted for the LNP. He then decides that he doesn’t like the game he started and threatens to leave with his bat and ball.

    I’ve had never heard of joe6pack until I stumbled on this site, now I am glad I have never met him.

    To everyone else, thank you for your incitefull posts and everything of the very best in the future. I won’t be back.

  27. I am not singling out Qlders who voted for the Right. I am angry at all of Australians who did. And they were in the city as well as the Bush. I think it is time to call people on it.

    But this is not the place to vent about that.

    In time I will get over this, even though it may colour my attitudes to this country, which I see as going to hell over its treatment of asylum seekers.

    I am interested a bit in who the new ALP leader is. I do not know who would be best anymore.

    • The map I posted last night shows that while there was a swing to Labor in the only(?) blue booth in the ACT had a 4.7% swing to Labor. The outer suburbs had swings against Labor of up to 6% or so.

      In Dickson, our local booths voted Labor (~55%); one swung to Labor, the other slightly away. The overall swing in the seat was away from Labor.

      Joe’s probably right that the electric vehicle target hurt Labor in outer suburbs. That’s unfortunate, because the other policies (childcare, IR etc.) were aimed at helping them.

      It’s time – for Australia to wake the hell up and smell the roses. Convenience is no longer an option; hard decisions have to be made on climate change – and should have been made a decade ago (fkn Abbott.)

      The world isn’t just looking at us, they are glaring at us. Not buying our coal is just the starting point.
      “First they stopped the iPhones, but I did nothing …” How long do you think we’d last without oil shipments?

      Get smart, Australia. The clock is ticking.

    • Dragon Lady, I have too. Joe is a good bloke and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for setting up this pub. It was a great oasis for us when it started in the days of Labor self-destruct. It is still serves us as a place of retreat.

      Puff, you are always good company.

  28. BK’s links –

    Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Michael Koziol explains all the factional positioning within the Labor leadership process.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/it-s-weird-bill-shorten-stuns-colleagues-as-he-lobbies-against-anthony-albanese-20190521-p51pni.html
    Dana McCauley tells us how a union leader poised to unleash industrial mayhem through a co-ordinated strike involving 38,000 workers across airports and the road transport industry has rejected employer claims the action would breach pattern bargaining laws.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/we-make-no-apology-union-leader-defends-strike-plan-for-industrial-mayhem-20190521-p51pmy.html
    Latika Bourke writes that the Liberals’ internal polling consistently showed the Coalition could win a third term, and that its fortunes turned around immediately after the budget with its promise of a surplus to give it a “pathway” to election day.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/very-tight-very-deliberate-internal-liberal-polling-showed-coalition-was-on-track-to-win-20190521-p51pi0.html
    Chris Uhlmann unpicks the failure of Labor’s campaign.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/a-brutally-effective-campaign-ruthlessly-exploited-labor-s-mistakes-20190521-p51pjg.html
    Ross Gittins begins this contribution with “It’s always nice for the country to be led by someone who’s obviously got God on his side. When he prays for a miracle, he gets it. And the challenges facing the economy are such that Scott Morrison may need all the divine assistance he can summon.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/it-s-good-the-pm-has-god-on-his-side-he-may-need-all-the-assistance-he-can-get-20190521-p51pkr.html
    Four days after a federal election, Philip Lowe decided to give his most political of speeches. Shane Wright reports that Philip Lowe has delivered some big home truths to the freshly re-elected Morrison government.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/how-good-is-that-rba-decides-it-s-time-for-some-real-policies-20190521-p51pmv.html
    And Stephen Bartholomeusz says the move to cut is a sudden and significant shift from the RBA.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/move-to-cut-is-a-sudden-and-significant-shift-from-the-rba-20190521-p51pog.html
    The election results showed many Australians were unswayed by Labor’s argument the economy is “broken” for working people and in need of drastic changes. But Philip Lowe warns something’s gotta give, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.outline.com/uGmyg6
    The RBA is getting ready to cut rates. But that also underlines the paucity of the new Morrison government’s economic plans, says the AFR editorial. The government cannot leave it all to easy money.
    https://www.outline.com/J4L6dG
    Michael Pascoe says that the RBA’s likely interest rate cuts are not good. They are not good news for Scott Morrison – or they are only good news if the PR machine can keep spinning the notion that black is white. They are not good news for Australia.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/05/21/rba-rate-cut-apra-economy/
    But HSBC chairman Graham Bradley has questioned the wisdom in cutting interest rates, saying the RBA would “surrender what little leverage they have”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/rba-should-not-surrender-leverage-with-a-rate-cut-warns-bradley-20190521-p51psa.html
    Sam Maiden tells us that tax cuts for the “top end of town” could be waved through Parliament by Labor as it considers putting the Prime Minister under pressure to deliver on his tax cuts and his promised surplus.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/election-2019/2019/05/21/tax-cuts-labor-liberal/
    And she writes about “Magician Scott Morrison’s smoke-and-mirrors act on tax cuts”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2019/05/22/scott-morrison-tax-cuts-2/
    Australian election 2019. Scott Morrison won the unwinnable election. Now the hard part begins says Katharine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/22/scott-morrison-won-the-unwinnable-election-now-the-hard-part-begins
    David Crowe reports that Frydenberg will challenge Labor to back the government’s full $158 billion income tax cut when Parliament resumes in the new financial year, amid an argument over the government’s delay to the first round of tax relief for millions of workers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/frydenberg-challenges-labor-to-pass-full-158-billion-income-tax-cut-20190521-p51pq8.html
    Matthew Knott explains why Scott Morrison’s victory wasn’t Australia’s Trump moment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/why-scott-morrison-s-victory-wasn-t-australia-s-trump-moment-20190521-p51pfc.html
    Electorates that swung harder to the Liberal and National parties are more likely to have higher unemployment, lower income, lower levels of education and fewer migrants, according to a Guardian Australia analysis.
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2019/may/22/the-eight-charts-that-help-explain-why-the-coalition-won-the-2019-australian-election
    Three lessons from behavioural economics that Bill Shorten’s Labor Party forgot about.
    https://theconversation.com/3-lessons-from-behavioural-economics-bill-shortens-labor-party-forgot-about-117404
    Jenna Price begs Plibersek to change her mind and run for the leadership.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/tanya-i-would-gladly-retire-from-my-career-to-care-for-your-kids-20190521-p51pgo.html
    An introspective Peter Lewis tries to fathom how the polls got it so wrong.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/21/as-pollsters-we-are-rightly-in-the-firing-line-after-the-australian-election-what-happened
    The politics of fear and division, with assistance from small parties, was used to keep the conservatives in power for two decades by Menzies, and has now been successfully recycled, writes Bilal Cleland.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-coalitions-politics-of-fear-a-tried-and-true-election-recipe,12725
    In an interesting contribution Dennis Muller writes that two big media-related issues have emerged from the federal election: how opinion polls are reported and the polarisation of the main newspaper groups.
    https://theconversation.com/outrage-polls-and-bias-2019-federal-election-showed-australian-media-need-better-regulation-117401
    Sarah Martin writes that Barnaby Joyce is positioning himself for a return to cabinet following the Coalition’s shock election win, as Scott Morrison prepares to unveil his new-look frontbench as early as next week. Heaven forbid!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/21/barnaby-joyce-agitating-for-return-to-cabinet-as-morrison-prepares-frontbench
    The APS got caught with its pants down expecting a Labor win and had to shred all the red books and make new blue ones for incoming Coalition ministers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/public-servants-scramble-to-prepare-briefs-for-new-morrison-ministry-20190521-p51phw.html
    The Nationals are angling for the trade portfolio in Scott Morrison’s new cabinet, after their strong showing in Saturday’s federal election.
    https://www.outline.com/qrYZ25
    Fergus Hunter reports that Tim Fischer reckons Morrison should post Abbott to the Vatican. At least it would get him out of the way!
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/post-tony-abbott-to-the-vatican-says-former-deputy-pm-tim-fischer-20190521-p51plf.html
    Power company chiefs are urging the Morrison government to forge a bipartisan energy and climate policy.
    https://www.outline.com/5A5K8d
    David Wroe explains the concept of a “technology cold war” and how it could be avoided.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/how-to-avoid-a-technology-iron-curtain-in-a-new-cold-war-20190521-p51psi.html
    APRA is loosening regulatory screws on home loans.
    https://www.outline.com/egrMHP
    There has been a statistical surge in the number of Australians looking at a move to New Zealand following last week’s election. Immigration New Zealand said there was a more than 10-fold increase in Australians looking at its website on Sunday and expressions of interest increased by more than 25 times on the same time the week before.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6138870/nz-immigration-website-traffic-surges-after-coalition-victory/?cs=14350
    The New South Wales regulator has laid more charges against one of the state’s biggest cotton growers, Peter Harris, alleging that in August 2015 he extracted water from the Barwon river when the meters on his pumps weren’t working.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/21/nsw-cotton-grower-faces-more-charges-over-water-pumped-from-barwon-river
    The SMH editorial exhorts people to get their flu jabs asap for the common good.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/take-one-for-the-common-good-and-get-a-flu-jab-today-20190521-p51prg.html
    Here we go! Nick Miller reports that Theresa May has opened the door – barely – to the possibility of a second Brexit referendum in her last-ditch effort to get the UK out of the European Union on the terms of the deal she has agreed with Brussels.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/bold-new-offer-may-opens-door-to-second-referendum-in-last-ditch-plan-20190522-p51pu4.html
    Former White House counsel Donald McGahn was a no-show on Tuesday at a House committee hearing, infuriating Democrats who are ramping up calls to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump despite continued resistance from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/mcgahn-fails-to-show-at-hearing-amping-up-anger-among-house-democrats-20190522-p51pu3.html
    US abortion-rights campaigners, including several Democrats running for president in 2020, rallied in front of the supreme court and across the country on Tuesday to protest against extreme new restrictions on abortion passed by legislatures in eight states.
    https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/may/21/abortion-rights-activists-to-rally-at-supreme-court-to-protest-new-state-bans
    Jamie Oliver is cooked.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/i-am-deeply-saddened-by-this-outcome-jamie-oliver-s-restaurant-chain-goes-into-administration-20190521-p51ptr.html
    Cara Waters provides todays nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/extraordinarily-heartless-store-sacks-chef-with-cancer-for-taking-sick-leave-20190521-p51pqi.html

  29. The AEC – utterly toothless, completely unable to do anything about all those fake ads and placards except issue warnings.
    In all, the Australian Electoral Commission has revealed it received almost 500 complaints about political advertising during the campaign, about 90 of which related to social media content.

    It substantiated 87 of the complaints. The AEC did not take punitive action in the 87 cases, but said it was able to more effectively and quickly resolve the breaches by issuing direct warnings.

    It also did not take action on several complaints where voters were misled or deceived in an attempt to influence their vote. The AEC usually was unable to act because the cases did not fall foul of electoral law, no matter how egregious they appeared
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/22/australian-electoral-commission-finds-87-cases-of-election-ads-breaching-law

    As the fake AEC placard breach happened on election day a direct warning was going to be far too late.

    Still, if voters were more educated on what they needed to do there would be far less chance of such things succeeding.

    How do we make voters more aware of the great responsibility of taking voting seriously. How do we educate them? How do we make them realise a vote is a privilege and unlike some other places in the world, we all have that privilege? There are places where people envy us. How do we get that though to idiots who just scrawl obscenities on the ballot paper? How do we get through to those who parrot excuses for not turning up, like “My vote doesn’t matter” or “All politicians are the same so why bother”.

    I live in an electorate where my Reps vote doesn’t matter, but that doesn’t mean there’s no point voting. My Senate vote certainly counts though, The same applies to many other safe seats. How do we get people to understand what the Senate does and why their votes are especially important there?

  30. Reading BK’s short summaries, I feel that the ALP may have dodged an economic bullet, nay, an explosion. Sadly Australia will not dodge it. We, the true believers, may be able to sit back and smile at Morrison’s discomfort but it may well be a case of poor fella, my country.

    As to the ALP leadership, I think that both the left and the right are putting up the wrong candidates. I;d much rather P and C than A and B.

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