Australia Votes 2022

IMPORTANT UPDATE: ALP WINS! The Honourable Anthony Albanese is sworn in as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister.

Get your Democracy Sausage!


The most important day of 2022 for Australia is almost here.

Tomorrow, Saturday 21st May 2022 is the day Australians decide how they are going to live in the next three years, and the decades influenced by that time.

We vote in the 2022 Federal Election. 

It is a stark and clear choice. We either continue to live the same or worse lives under a nefarious, disingenuous Right Wing government driven by religious and political zealotry, partisanship and questionable ethics or we can choose the only other major party who can change the course of the nation towards a better future. 

We can choose the incumbent Liberal Party Prime Minister who mixes his politics with his religion and who claims a divine message from an eagle in a painting inspired his ascent to the top job of leading this nation.  Otherwise, we can choose Labor, the party whose leader will become the Prime Minister and whose solid experience includes living and working amongst some of the most disadvantaged in Australia, with the residents and workers in working-class suburbs. 

The Labor Party has an extensive team of talented experienced and enthusiastic candidates. The Liberal Party and National Party have a team that appears to be dead-scared of a FICAC, going by the Prime Minister’s refusal to keep his election promise to set up a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption. 

I am hoping that Labor and good Independents win their seats tomorrow so we can escape this nightmare of a government at last and see off our inhumane, international embarrassment of a Prime Minister.

It is the people’s turn to have their say.

For all volunteers from all parties and independents who have and will be helping in this and every election, thank you for your commitment to our democracy.

A big thank you from a grateful nation goes to some of the most under-rated, hardworking, and dedicated people whom Australia has the privilege of employing; the staff of the Australian Electoral Commission. If anyone wants to dispute that Australia’s democracy stands on their shoulders and that the AEC should be the envy of the democratic world, just look over the street at elections in the USA.

There is even an AEC site where you can practise voting.

Hopefully, AEC staff hand-counting every vote will see more thankyou messages scribbled in the margins of ballot papers than the usual drawings of penises and testicles, or the universal message to our politicians to Eff Off. I like to leave a kind message, in the margins away from the candidate’s boxes on my completed ballot. I feel very proud after I vote. It is both a right and a privilege in our uncertain world.

Please enjoy your Democracy Sausage!

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A contrast between the two major parties:

Here is an interesting article that uses a different style of map that shows the distribution of federal electorates held by the major parties.

The Australian election map has been lying to you

By Colin Gourlay, Georgina Piper, Tim LeslieCristen Tilley and Matt Lidd

995 thoughts on “Australia Votes 2022

  1. While there has been much talk about Nato and a couple of countries maybe joining there has been continuing developments in Eurasia. A number of groupings and organisations are forming and strengthening for some time. Ones that are not of ‘the West’ . All largely studiously ignored by teh media here. During an article on the Eurasian groupings, dominated by Russia and China and with some Indian input at times, it was mentioned that from ‘their’ point of view Europe is a peninsula on the Western periphery rather than something at the centre.

    Until seeing maps from this angle I’d never realised that Europe does look like a peninsula……waay over there.

    • Kaffeeklatscher,

      They shouldn’t cheat. Africa is separated from Eurasia by a human-made divide: the Suez Canal.

      The British Isles, however, are separated – ahem – by the forces of Nature.

  2. ‘Crazy’ US Supreme Court decisions………………………But wait there could be more !
    Op-Ed: A debunked legal theory could be used to turn our elections into chaos

    …….For the last several years, a small group of conservative legal activists has been trying transform this radical reading of the Constitution into the law of the land.

    • Duckie, I’m not so much expecting anything so much as just realizing I am hoping it will be bringing us less of Leigh Sales. Just gave up on tonight’s ‘special’ ‘7.30’ after the first fifteen minutes of flashbacks to her interviewing a variety of important and interesting people. Why focus on her as if she were the ‘star’ when essentially it was her job to enable us to have insights into their significance in their part of the world and events around them which affected us? Disappointed in myself for not having this insight sooner. I don’t so much ‘adore’ the ABC as have become very comfortable with it over many years. I love its whole range of docos and drama and music! Also I only need three hours of tele a day at most, so am too lazy to change channels before bedtime! If Sales’ new job is still within the ABC maybe I’ll have to make some major late life decisions about how I spend my evenings!

  3. Unfortunately too many men – both in the US and in Australia – agree with this loon.

    It takes two to create a baby. Maybe he should get a vasectomy instead of picking on women.

  4. I was talking to a nurse today, she is part of the team who have looked after me since I came out of hospital. (The team are outstanding, includes an OT and a physio, and it is all funded by NSW Health.)

    Anyway, this woman brought me up to date on what is going on at the local hospital. Apparently all nursing staff are being asked to work 7 or 8 hour shifts instead of their usual 6 hours because the hospital is struggling to cope with the influx of Covid and flu patients.

    Looks like I left rehab just in time – Wauchope hospital now has to keep Covid patients instead of sending them back to Port Macquarie because there are no beds available at Port. Ambulances are “ramping” because there are no beds available for their patients.

    All this in an area that has allegedly been barely touched by Covid for the past two years.

    There has not been a word of this crisis in the local media. Not a peep!

    This is a direct result of relaxed restrictions and NSW residents being told to “live with Covid”. It’s worth adding that I successfully avoided Covid until I went to hospital, The nurse told me that Port hospital is “full of Covid”. I believe her.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    French President Emmanuel Macron says he has put Australia’s cancelled submarine contract behind him, declaring Anthony Albanese was not responsible for the controversy, writes Rob Harris.
    Latika Bourke tells us that Macron has singled out Australia’s new environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, in front of a global audience in Portugal, declaring that Australia was back in action on climate change.
    The de-ScoMofication of Australia on the world stage took a leap forward this week as the Albanese government consolidated its international relations edge over an enfeebled opposition in a series of high-level meetings in Europe. In just over a month, the competitive advantage the Coalition held over Labor with regards to foreign, defence and security policy has completely evaporated, writes Chris Wallace in a cracker of a contribution.
    With the NATO summit in Spain, attended by Anthony Albanese, ideological conflict has gone global. Australia lines up with its old friends, the US, Europe, Japan, South Korea, even, astonishingly, New Zealand, and against its old enemies, Russia and China, writes Greg Sheridan. He concludes his contribution with, “Important and genuinely praiseworthy as Albanese’s strategic diplomacy has been, it is on the far more prosaic front of ruthlessly managing the defence budget and, with hitherto undreamed of speed, actually acquiring relevant defence capabilities on a scale that gives us genuine deterrent force that history will judge the Albanese government.”
    Scott Morrison shone the spotlight on China’s bullying. But Albanese, Wong and Marles have the temperament to build the response to it, opines Andrew Tillett who praises much of what the government has been doing.
    Australia will be exposed to sanctions for missing climate change targets under a new trade deal with the European Union that holds out the promise of boosting $94 billion in two-way trade, explains David Crowe.
    “As Labor enacts its emissions reduction target, will the climate truce survive?”, asks Katherine Murphy who is concerned that war can easily resume once the honeymoon ends, and Chris Bowen begins turning election promises into regulations.
    Energy Minister Chris Bowen has criticised the Coalition’s failure to implement effective emissions reduction policies, writes Michael Mazengarb.,16518
    John Lord says the opposition will continue recycling old policies, while the government gets on with the future.
    Australians must brace for the worst housing correction on record as rising interest rates and recession fears strangle the property market. That’s the latest warning from the big banks, which are now predicting that most of the gains booked during the pandemic house price boom will be erased over the next two years, writes Matthew Elmas.
    We are the first English-speaking nation to have a migrant majority. From city to city, what that means is different. “So where does Australia go from here?”, wonders George Megalogenis.
    Pontificating Paul Kelly is still banging on about the fact that Christianity is in the decline in Australia as the census has shown.
    And Angela Shanahan is reduced to inferring that the rise of the “No religion” census is a donkey vote.
    Judith Brett says that the greatest challenge facing the defeated federal Liberal Party is not whether to move to the right or the left, nor whether to court voters in the outer suburbs or try to win back its once blue-ribbon seats. It is how to stay relevant and it’s a challenge the party seems barely to recognise.
    Angus Thompson writes that former ACTU boss dismisses much of the talk of a looming wage-inflation spiral as “hyperbole”, saying current economic conditions bear no resemblance to those of the 1970s and early ’80s, when pay increases were linked to the consumer price index.
    Wages are a key issue right now, and the RBA board would benefit from the advice of someone who has experience in the labour market and knows about wage settlements, says economist, Tim Harcourt.
    As Australia attempts to control inflation, it is ignoring the impacts of monopoly ownership and price gouging, argues Claire Connelly.
    When parliament returns at the end of this month for the first time since the federal election, we will get a clearer sense of what sort of government Anthony Albanese will lead, writes Peter van Onselen. He says, “The opposition really isn’t all that impressive. Peter Dutton lacks the cattle on his frontbench to hold this new government to account meaningfully. And his strongest political characteristic is his capacity to be adversarial, which could help him wreck the joint and return to power but it won’t elevate reform debates or the reforming outcomes such debates lead to.”
    As a review is set to begin into the Reserve Bank of Australia, questions are being asked about its opaque operations and the absence of qualifications on its board, writes Mike Seccombe.
    The Age has learnt the Victorian Liberal Party has for 18 months been training prominent locals to run as independents in some Labor-held seats.
    Alexandra Smith and Lucy Cormack look at some of the dynamics around the Barilaro issue. They tell us that Barilaro’s enemies say he has thrown them under a bus too many times.
    The SMH editorial says the former deputy premier has decided not to take up his cushy New York job, but the question is how he was offered it in the first place and the saga reflects poorly on Perrottet and his government
    The Age tells us what the Victorian police are doing to counter the rise in organised crime.
    With an estimated price tag of $320 billion, there are still big questions as to how the economics and politics of Australia’s decarbonisation will evolve, writes Jacob Greber who says that Australians are starting this journey from a state of absurdity.
    Former Victorian senator Greg Mirabella will nominate for Liberal Party president after Robert Clark announced he would stand down ahead of the state election.
    Jordan Baker explains how powerful voices and vested interests have perverted the original purpose of subsidising non-government education. He says that politicians must find the courage to say that if schools do not need the money, they should not have it.
    Julie Power reports that professional groups have written to NSW Treasurer Matt Kean about a new plan to streamline the government’s procurement strategy for its construction projects, saying the development of a new payment rate schedule had been shrouded in secrecy.
    ‘Living with the virus’ is proving much harder than the early vaccine success suggested: this fight is far from over, explains immunology professor, Danny Altmann. He says the fight is far from over and learning how to pull this off is an active process requiring considerable effort, intervention and ingenuity.
    New research shows the latest Omicron strains are more able to infect people who have been vaccinated, and multiple infections can cause future serious illness warns Rick Morton.
    John Hewson writes that the establishment of a national centre for disease prevention and control would go a long way to ensuring that our nation was better prepared for future pandemics or epidemics and more able to respond in a timely and effective manner. These are challenges we can’t afford to fail in our response. He says it is hoped that, unlike its predecessor, the Albanese government is genuinely willing to listen to the science and to take expert advice on this kind of proposal, or at least be willing to debate it.
    As Blockade Australia concludes a week of climate protests in Sydney, police are using extraordinary tactics against the group, arresting and rearresting dozens of people, says Wendy Bacon.
    Data analytics company Nuix is never far from the headlines with scandal after scandal since listing in December 2020. An affidavit alleges some shocking practices inside the group, which is majority owned by Macquarie, writes Adele Ferguson.
    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revitalised the world’s largest military alliance, NATO, which has not lost sight of the threat posed by Beijing either, explains Rob Harris.
    In a ruling that came down yesterday, the United States Supreme Court hobbled the Biden government’s authority to regulate carbon emissions, writes Nick O’Malley who says the court has marched the US back in time.
    The US supreme court has declared war on the Earth’s future, declares Kate Aranoff.
    Malcolm Knox declares that it is time for the AFL to emerge from its hermit kingdom and send players off.
    It’s hard to say what’s been worse at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios’ cringeworthy on-court theatrics or hypocritical, self-serving press conferences, writes Kate Halfpenny who wants to see him “kicked off the island”.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Alan Moir

    Fiona Katauskas

    Jon Kudelka

    John Shakespeare

    Matt Davidson

    Jim Pavlidis

    Peter Broelman


    From the US

  6. Isn’t it time the airport owners were held to account?

    “Long queues at Melbourne airport as travel chaos spreads

    The line at Sydney airport Virgin bag drop is out the door and through the adjacent car park.”

  7. So the chaos at Sydney airport has been blamed on passengers arriving too early for their flights, according to airport management.


    First it was passengers at fault for not being “match fit”, now this.

    Maybe airlines should hire more staff instead of blaming passengers. Without those passengers they are nothing.

  8. I had no idea all homes in Victoria had to be connected to gas. All I can say is “thank goodness I don’t live there”.

    I loathe gas, have done since I was 12 years old and took cooking classes at high school with gas stoves. I had never had to deal with gas appliances before or since. I was terrified of those stoves and the need to light the gas with matches. Needless to say I have only lived in houses/flats that were all-electric.

  9. On Thursday I flew from melbourne to Coffs Harbour. Being aware of airport chaos I arrived early and breezed straight through security so had a 2 hour wait watching baggage carts driving across tarmac and watching baggage handlers hefting bags into the aging TAA Tjet in qantas livery

    Couple of points,
    1. there is a baggage conveyor system under the departure lounges
    2. I have seen freight loaded into planes using a conveyor belt to lift bag, cartoon from trolley into hold
    3. Spoke to a bloke who it was an hour wait to collect baggage

    1, the privatised airport hasn’t maintained the baggage handling system
    2. Qantas fired handlers with the tickets to operate conveyor belt

    3. Can now carry 14 kg of cabin bags, and overhead bins are larger with better locks, avoid check luggage

    • When I flew Rex in May my bag was on luggage carousel waiting for me to collect it

    • The flight was an hour late as the old workhorse had flown Melb to Hobart return a couple of times then changed crew to fly to Coffs

      I can see why qantas is cutting fights after school holidays, not enough planes

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    On the PM’s trip to Europe, Rob Harris writes, “As far as symbolism goes, Anthony Albanese couldn’t have hoped for much better. Over the past 12 months Australia’s standing on the international stage had fallen to new lows. With Europe now at war and growing tensions in the Indo-Pacific, the nation’s diplomatic efforts had stumbled at a time when it could least afford it.”
    As Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and French President Emmanuel Macron exchanged smiles and back slaps this week, Foreign Minister Penny Wong capped off a charm offensive through the Asia-Pacific with selfies in the Malaysian city of her birth. Between them, the pair have blitzed through a dozen or so countries in their first 40 days in office, with their reception by world leaders at times marking a notable contrast with the previous government, writes Lisa Visentin.
    Gerard Henderson, without once mentioning the ABC, says that Anthony Albanese is correct to be focused on Australia’s foreign and domestic policies rather than the discontent of a few independents on the home front.
    Jodie Haydon experienced the perks of being Anthony Albanese’s partner last week, given a tour by the Queen of Spain. But she experienced the downsides too, writes Matthew Knott.
    Lisa Visentin tells us that Jacqui Lambie and her colleague Tammy Tyrrell have signalled their willingness to consider Labor’s plans to legislate its 43 per cent emissions reduction target.
    After 9 years of Coalition rule, a Liberal stampede out of Parliament House means political and social upheaval in the nation’s capital. Out with the old political culture, in with the new. Stephanie Tran reports on the wave of political change.
    “Many Australians are keen to embrace the new phase of living with COVID-19, without masks and most public health measures, but have we truly considered the cost of what we are signing up for?”, wonders Aishi Dow.
    Almost three quarters of the Victorians who died this year had not received their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Wake up, Australia!
    Nearly 200,000 people have filed for divorce across Australia in the past two years, the highest number in more than a decade.
    Arguing that Australia needs a Bill of Rights, Lucy Hamilton says that the decade of Coalition government showed how vulnerable our rights and freedoms could be in the face of a political party radicalised by anti-democratic and illiberal ideas. She says the Republican Party in America is displaying how quickly rights can be destroyed, even after it was removed from government; we need to protect vulnerable groups within our nation from copycat attacks.
    A new five-year funding term from 2023 would give the ABC financial stability and safeguard against arbitrary cuts and political interference, the Labor communications minister, Michelle Rowland, says.
    Daniel Hurst writes that the acting prime minister, Richard Marles, has said he is “deeply committed” to reforming the Australian Defence Force after the Afghanistan war crimes inquiry, declaring that “history will judge us”.
    A collapse in the Liberal vote in the former heartland seat of Bragg in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs means the one-time blue-ribbon stronghold has become a marginal seat, as the party’s nightmare 2022 continues.
    A case of diphtheria of the throat, a contagious and potentially deadly disease, has been confirmed in a two-year-old in northern NSW. It ‘s the first case recorded in NSW this century, reports Pallavi Singhal.
    Peter FitzSimons has interviewed Nicholas Cowdery, a man who dedicated his life to the law and justice, without fear or favour.
    Of all the officials who have given evidence about the storming of the Capitol on January 6, Wandrea Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, have been the bravest. Writes Jacqui Maley about various low-ranking officials who have spoken up.
    Renowned environmentalist and author Naomi Klein argued Thursday that over the past week, the United States experienced the early stages of a “rolling judicial coup” as the Supreme Court took a sledgehammer to abortion rights, gun control laws, and the federal government’s authority to tackle greenhouse gas emissions that are fuelling the global climate emergency.,16524

    Cartoon Corner

    Matt Golding

    Matt Davidson

    Glen Le Lievre

    Peter Broelman

    From the US

  11. “A case of diphtheria of the throat, a contagious and potentially deadly disease, has been confirmed in a two-year-old in northern NSW. It ‘s the first case recorded in NSW this century, reports Pallavi Singhal”

    Anyone want to bet the exact location of that case is Byron Bay LGA?

    Filthy anti-vaxxers! That child must have picked up their infection from another infected person – something the media and health spokespersons refuse to mention. With so many parents in Northern NSW opting for home births and demanding “natural” treatments for illnesses it’s no wonder many kids in that region fall through the immunisation net.

    My dad almost died from diphtheria in the 1920s, years before we had a vaccine. (The first immunisations did not start until 1932.) He always insisted his daughters and then his grandkids were fully immunised. I think if any of us had refused he would have kidnapped those kids and taken them to a clinic himself.


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