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!

Image from

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. The current count is 72 seats won with 3 likely and 2 with labor ahead. Making it likely 75 -77 seats. If only 75 then we could appoint and independant as speaker making it an absolute majority.

    I can live with that very easily considering coalition will have at most 57 seats, I like those numbers very muchly.

    Here’s hoping.

    • Me too! Labor is much better at working with crossbenchers. Conciliation and negotiation was FPM Julia Gillard’s great strength. Hansard records show much more legislation enacted with cross-bench support during her tenure. Remember when Peter Slipper was Speaker and how much those few years did to restore some order in the House of Reps? And wasn’t it from 2012 that the Liberal party rot within its own ranks really set in; we’ve seen several moderate Libs ousted since then. I think their Party’s last hope of ‘respectability’ at home and abroad came with that stab in the back to FPM Malcolm Turnbull by his good mate Morrison! I recall one particularly telling photo of those two from the rear, with Morrison’s arm on his PM’s shoulder as they left a press conference? Or did I imagine that?

    • Note he chose quotes from the Smite thy enemies and good and hard-Old Testament rather than the Kumbaya Jesusy – New Testament.
      Check out some of the lines from either side of where he quoted from. ‘Wimmin’ seem to be a problem
      Do not trust a neighbour; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words.
      For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law– a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.
      But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
      Do not rejoice over me, enemy of mine. Though I fall, I will rise. Though I live in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.”
      Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD’s wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.
      Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame, she who said to me, “Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will see her downfall; even now she will be trampled underfoot like mire in the streets.

  2. Meanwhile over at loon central….

  3. Van is referring to this

    • Van’s book is well worth reading. It never ceases to amaze me how many people – including Australians – can be stupid enough to fall for what boils down to internet rumours and blatant lies spread by money-hungry loons.

      Scovid fell for it – never forget his “close” friend was Tim Stewart, allegedly Australia’s leading QAnon spruiker. His wife, Lynelle, has been Jenny’s BFF since childhood. In a serious breach of national security Scovid allowed this couple to house-sit Kirribilli House. Who knows what official secrets or documents they were able to access while they were there?

      The Morrisons are gullible, so much so that they have been double-brainwashed – by their cult and by QAnon. I hope Australia never again elects a Pentecostal PM or a PM as gullible as this disastrous idiot has been.

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Annabel Crabbe has written one hell of a piece on how Morrison got a huge “Dear John” letter from women on Saturday. She goes to all of the warnings he should have seen and heeded, but ignored.
    Chris Wallace agrees with Crabbe, saying that women who weren’t going to take it any more have changed the face of Australian politics.
    This election result is a slam-dunk repudiation of Scott Morrison’s cynical attitude towards women voters. The former prime minister took women for granted and, unsurprisingly, they kicked his government out of office, declares Janet Albrechtsen in quite a spit.
    The remarkable rise of teal independents will increase the balance of power of Coalition social conservatives and the prospect of Peter Dutton becoming Liberal leader, says Jennifer Hewett,
    The SMH editorial says that Albanese has won a clear mandate for inclusive but cautious change. It also says all Australians should be proud that our democratic institutions have once again functioned so smoothly and allowed for a seamless and uncontested transfer of power. After the storming of the Capitol in the US in 2021, it is an achievement worth celebrating.
    Stoking fear and hatred held the Coalition in power – finally Australia had enough, writes David Marr who says that for the first time in a decade the logjam to change the country’s politics may be shifting. Marr got a lot off his chest with this contribution.
    Dennis Atkins says that Morrison lost an election he should not have lost. And he still doesn’t get why!
    This is a great result. The tired and corrupt Coalition government has been turfed out despite the billions in public money wasted in bribing Australians for their votes, despite the relentless propaganda of the government’s corporate media cronies. Michael West reports on the new era.
    The Prime Minister elect made a couple of important comments on Saturday night that indicate the early steps he plans to take to begin governing, writes Andrew Podger who looks at the next steps of governing well.
    Labor has won a working parliamentary majority in a sullen, angry country. Perhaps more by pure luck than design, Australia has avoided a hung parliament. That’s the good news. But for this Labor government to do us proud, it will have to do something humble. Call the Greens into its fold. There is no alternative in the long term, writes Mark Sawyer.
    A powerful committee of five Labor MPs will rule Australia for a week until the government can be sworn in, as Anthony Albanese prepares to travel to Japan, explains David Crowe.
    And Crowe writes that Anthony Albanese must balance expectations with reality. He mentions Albanese’s assertion that he had to appeal to people far beyond the crowd of true believers in front of him at Saturday night’s party celebration.
    Katherine Murphy tells us how Albanese’s practical pivot on climate paved the way for a Greens surge.
    Ronald Mizen reports that incoming Treasurer Jim Chalmers has said almost out of control inflation was the major challenge facing the economy, and record budget deficits would constrain the new Labor government’s spending capacity.
    Anthony Albanese’s federal election win amid teal revolution shows Australians want real change, writes Nicholas Stuart. He says that on Saturday night the mirage Morrison was so energetically building collapsed under the mass of lies and fabrications required to support it.
    Sean Kelly points to the most important line in Albanese’s victory speech and how it signalled the end of an era. A good read.
    Barnaby Joyce may refuse to take any blame for the inner-city seats lost by his Coalition colleagues, but political pundits say the Nationals leader has Liberal blood on his hands, writes Jamieson Murphy in The Canberra Times.
    Michael McCormack has suggested that Barnaby Joyce’s unpopularity in the inner city contributed to the Coalition government’s downfall in climate-conscious electorates. The former Nationals leader, who has not ruled out recontesting the leadership, told Guardian Australia there were “no campaigns against my name and my reputation in inner-city seats” – a clear reference to warnings from independents and Greens that a vote for Liberal moderates was a “vote for Barnaby Joyce”.
    Labor’s primary vote in the election fell by just over half of one percent to its lowest level in recent history, but it still won an extraordinary victory in Saturday’s election. It did so mostly because the Liberals (minus the National Party) suffered an even larger fall, its vote dropping by over 4 per cent in its worst ever electoral performance, writes David Solomon.
    Liberal’s treatment of Brittany Higgins seeded movement that led to end of Scott Morrison’s government, says Jenna Price.
    “Saturday’s route (sic) of Scott Morrison’s Liberals has several explanations but would not have happened without climate” writes Bob Carr who says Saturday’s election has tipped us to the centre-left. He opines that it was only possible because the country boasts a higher civic IQ than Scott Morrison or Barnaby Joyce had calculated.
    Mark Kenny opines that Morrison’s ‘great electoral bungle’ leaves the Liberals decimated and heading in the wrong direction. He concludes with, “In a democracy, it’s never a terrible idea to listen to what the voters have just told you. Their message wasn’t hidden at all.”
    An election win is a win. But the lack of an operational mandate to deal with Australia’s budget, inflation, productivity, taxation and carbon challenges now becomes Labor’s problem, says the editorial in The Canberra Times.
    Federal Labor is confident of securing enough seats to govern in its own right and avoid having to deal with a crossbench of up to 15 MPs, which is 10 per cent of the House of Representatives, says Phil Coorey who also presents his pick for the Labor ministry.
    Frank Bongiorno says that Albanese has won with a modest program – but the times may well suit him.
    Australia’s oil and gas industry, as well as fuel standards for motorists, are among sectors slated to face the greatest pressure for change after the election, writes Jacob Greber.
    The Coalition, which has weaponised climate change at every election since 2010, found itself for the first time on the receiving end, with brutal consequences, writes Phil Coorey.
    History tells us women can turn elections: the Liberals should have listened, says Claire Wright.
    The Adelaide Advertiser tells us that a furious Liberal MP has said Scott Morrison should have quit before the election, but instead “strapped himself to the Liberal Party like a suicide bomber and blew the whole show up”.
    The rout of Scott Morrison goes beyond the defeat of his government. It has left behind a Liberal party that is now a flightless bird. The parliamentary party has had one wing torn asunder, and its path to recovery will be difficult and painful, writes Michelle Grattan.
    Amanda Meade begins this article with, “When the Coalition lost government on Saturday night, Sky’s Paul Murray admitted he was “overly emotional” and needed to sleep on the result before analysing what went wrong. But the journalist who campaigned nightly on his TV show to “stop the mad left” winning government was sure of one thing: “The resistance starts here.” For six weeks Murray told his audience the polls were inaccurate, and the Coalition could still win. He had cosy chats with Scott Morrison, who chose to appear on his program rather than the ABC during the election campaign.”
    Sandgropers again bucked the national trend, but this time swung hard towards Labor and Anthony Albanese. That road was cleared, graded, paved and marked by Mark McGowan, says Gareth Parker.
    Rachel Clun tells us that Australia’s incoming Indigenous Affairs Minister, Linda Burney, hopes the country can have a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to parliament as soon as May next year and says it will be an immediate priority of the Labor government.
    Simon Birmingham has put together an op-ed in which he says a swift Liberal comeback is possible, if the party reacts the right way. Good luck with that, Simon!
    Kathy McGowan has some advice for the new independents – look to the youth.
    On the face of it, Labor did not do too well in Queensland. But dig a little deeper and it’s not all doom and gloom for Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese, writes Cameron Atfield.
    Shaun Carney warns that Labor can’t afford to sit back and enjoy its winnings in Victoria.
    “And so it came to pass that truth persisted, hope survived, and democracy will be restored. And so, it came to pass on the twenty-first day of May in the year 2021 that the people of Australia decided to end its decade long flirtation with what was a rotten, corrupt government and its lying leader Scott Morrison”, writes John Lord.
    The Liberal Party faces a fundamental identity crisis. What does it stand for? Who is it appealing to? What is its future? Those who survived Saturday’s disaster are torn over the answers, say Deborah Snow and James Massola.
    Writing about Frydenberg’s state of shock and praise of the PM, Tony Wright says anyone with a pulse knew Morrison’s arrogant behaviour, apparent tolerance for undisguised rorting and failure to enunciate a coherent set of values led to most Australians judging he was no leader worthy of the name.
    Peter Dutton will put his name forward to lead the Liberal Party and is the strong favourite to win majority support, but at least two other Liberals, Dan Tehan and Karen Andrews, are said to be weighing their chances and could step into a leadership contest, write James Massola and Anthony Galloway.
    Matthew Knott tells us about the recriminations that are flowing after KK’s defeat in Fowler.
    Ross Gittins can’t see any major differences between Australia’s economic management over the next three by the Coalition (if it won) or Labor, but he does say, “One we can hope for is that the new government won’t be playing favourites and enemies like Morrison did.”
    Sean Eslake has some advice on how Labor should manage the economy in the stormy seas ahead.
    After being derided for getting the 2019 election result wrong the public opinion polls have made a comeback, writes Matt Wade. All major national published polls correctly predicted a Labor victory and their two-party preferred projections were close to the actual voting patterns in the 2022 election after two thirds of the national vote had been counted.
    Labor has a huge health agenda ahead of it. Stephen Duckett tells us what policies we should expect.
    Rachel Clun tells us about Albo’s partner, Jodie Haydon who has been thrust into the spotlight.
    Climate polluter Woodside is building its business strategy around the absurd notion that the very thing driving the climate crisis should continue as part of the emergency response, writes David Ritter.,16388
    The construction industry is most at risk from financially distressed companies that have been lurching around after being propped up by government stimulus, explains Sarah Danckert. She says Industry experts are warning the number of company collapses this year is expected to jump significantly as businesses face inflationary pressures, supply chain constraints and labour shortages. As the pandemic support programs come to an end, there are fears that these collapses will also cause significant stress for other businesses.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding

    John Shakespeare

    Mark Knight

    Peter Broelman

    Joe Benke

    Bloody Leak

    From the US

    • Neither do I. Wouldn’t trust them to go the shop for a packet of chips and bring back the right change from a $5 note.

      I remember what Bob Brown did to Rudd’s CPRS – voted it down TWICE – and how he boasted about it after the second vote, saying “When the Greens are in power ……”. That is what they really want, to replace one of the major parties, preferably Labor, with themselves. Heaven help Australia if they ever achieve that aim. I remember reading the Greens’ original policies years ago, when they were just getting started. They made communism seem benign in comparison.

  5. Simon Birmingham has put together an op-ed in which he says a swift Liberal comeback is possible, if the party reacts the right way.

    Birmingham also made a speech.

  6. A few more lines of the passage Bullshit Man chose. Lots of bitterness desire for revenge and my oh my for ‘The Ladies’ cop it.

    Micah 7
    Israel’s Misery
    1 What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave.
    2 The faithful have been swept from the land; not one upright person remains. Everyone lies in wait to shed blood; they hunt each other with nets.
    3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil;the ruler demands gifts,the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire—they all conspire together.
    4 The best of them is like a brier the most upright worse than a thorn hedge.The day God visits you has come,the day your watchmen sound the alarm. Now is the time of your confusion.
    5 Do not trust a neighbor;put no confidence in a friend.Even with the woman who lies in your embrace guard the words of your lips.
    6 For a son dishonors his father a daughter rises up against her mother,a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.

    7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
    8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. (Scotty’s bit)
    10 Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame, she who said to me “Where is the Lord your God?” My eyes will see her downfall;even now she will be trampled underfoot like mire in the streets.

  7. I can’t believe that Albo is intending to keep on Stephanie Foster in the PM&C as Acting Department Secretary and possibly appointed to the Department Secretary.

    Anybody who regularly watched Senate Estimates should remember her turning and giving the then LNP Minister a wink after a non or misleading answer was provided. (It may have been dodged as a Question on Notice, I’m not sure)

    Anyway, she regularly demonstrated to me that she was either a capture of the LNP system or an active LNP operative. Albo could be better advised to notify her that it might be preferable that she resign rather than just be sacked. (It looks better and doesn’t hurt future employment prospects) Although, personally, I don’t believe she deserves it,

    The last thing the new Labor Government needs is a crop of fifth columnists operating to undermine it. That was probably the biggest mistake Rudd made, keeping on a crop of LNP aligned Public Servants that worked constantly to undermine his and Julia Gillard’s Governments.

    Incoming Coalition Governments always ensured a “night of the long knives” as soon as they were sworn in and promptly installed their preferred Lib supporting people. (Honest John was the worst for that and started a trend for it)

    Usually well beyond the Peter Principle being a good part of the reason that Coalition Governments are typically very poor stewards of the country.

    Does anyone know what has happened to Philip Gaetjens? Did he see the writing on the wall and quickly resign or what?

    One thing I do know is that he would be the first person I would sack rather than let him resign. He would be a prime candidate to put before a Federal ICAC. He and Morrison would provide entertaining hours of Public Hearings!!!!! LOL

  8. I just so totally enjoy seeing “The former prime minister” and “Scott Morrison” mentioned in the same sentence, either in the written or spoken word!!!!!

  9. This little black duck,

    [ I don’t trust the no-loaf-is-better-than-half-a-loaf Greens. Think Malaysian Solution. ]

    Think voting with the LNP against Labor’s Carbon Reduction Scheme,

    I’ll never forget the mongrels for that.

    What we have lost as regarding urgent Climate Action is unforgivable. I have absolutely no doubt that given the same circumstances again, the Greens would play the politics card and do exactly the same thing again.

    At least this election they didn’t target so many marginal Labor seats and instead, targeted vulnerable, marginal, Liberal seats that Labor should have won off the Libs. They can’t help themselves.

    They only think of their electoral, political advantage and not what would be the best for the country!!!!

  10. Ring, ring! “Hello this is parliament house Canberra, how can I help you?”

    Me:- “I’d like to speak to prime minister Morrison Please”.

    Phone:- “I’m sorry sir Mr Morrison is no longer Prime Minister “.

    You know the rest.

  11. It is high time for a real clean-out of Their ABC – especially when current staff are coming out with nonsense like this –

  12. Labor should send letters to all those Liberal aligned appointees to organisations like the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and others such as The Australian Fair Pay Commission and suggest that it might be better if tey quietly resign to “spend more time with whoever” rather than experience a messy and embarrasing public sacking.

    I’ve got wild Rainbow Lorikeets that I feed every day here that have more suitable talents for those positions.

    They’re smart enough to come here every afternoon at the same time to be fed and calmly wait on our back balcony railing and furniture if I am a bit late looking after them.

    Many of them can do the dog whistle and wolf whistle as well as sit on my shoulder and on top of my head. Some allow me to pat them and tickle their feet also which I enjoy immensely.

    I don’t feel guilty feeding them as due to Climate Change, their normal food systems have been totally disrupted so at least the approx 4o Lorikeets and eight Cockatoos that come here every day will survive.

  13. This little black duck,

    [ Seems your comment was spam. ]

    Thanks, Ducky. That’s my very first time in the “lock-up”……..LOL

  14. The big diffidence between the Teals and the Greens is that even though both groups proclaim to be serious battlers for Climate Change action, at least the Teal group and the other successful Independents targeted “so-called” safe Liberal seats and thankfully, won them.

    Where-as the Greens, target the “low hanging” fruit of Labor seats and don’t add to the strength of numbers needed for effective action on climate change which is sadly almost too late, now.

    • Use, I see the Green votes that should, at least in part, go to Labor and I rue the day Bob Brown decided to set up a party to run for office. (If my memory of history is correct.)

  15. The Greens won’t get it all their own way. There a plenty of Teals to talk to.

    It is more in the Senate that cross-bench negotiations will be important as Labor cannot pass legislation without cross-bench support.

    But as the wonderful First Female Australian Prime Minister demonstrated, it is not beyond achieving.

  16. I’m hoping that the Teal Independents turn out to be reasonable political players like Fiona Patten, Andrew Wilkie and Jacqui Lambie, rather than be wildcard troublemakers. As long as Labor doesn’t screw around with them and can honour deals and compromises and they do the same in return, they can have a long and positive effect on politics in this country.

  17. I think we can put Big Mac down as ‘not a fan’ . Paywalled but you get the gist.

    Mark McGowan and Peter Dutton.

    ‘He’s not that smart’: McGowan sinks boot into Dutton
    Mark McGowan has taken a massive swipe at likely new Federal Liberal leader Peter Dutton, branding him an ‘extremist’ who isn’t ‘that smart’, while labelling the Liberal Party a ‘fringe group’.

  18. Some of the heaviest falls of rain I’ve heard and felt for a while here in The Cave capital. The Albo Age begins with a thorough washing off of the Morrison merde that has been spattering the streets for 3 years. It’s marvelous.

  19. This made me chuckle.

    Josh Frydenberg and Liberal Party headquarters have launched a native title claim to regain the seat of Kooyong, saying they never gave permission for someone else to win it.

    In a statement, the party said they had followed all of the criteria. “As the traditional owners of this electorate we do not accept the arrival of new claimants to this strategically important federal seat,” a statement read.

  20. I, and many others, will be watching The Greens and hoping to see political maturity. They have a chance to show they are serious players. If they take it up others will treat them seriously.

    The ball is in The Greens’ court.

  21. Just a heads-up. A left-wing voting friend of my son says he is picking up a lot of comments from what he describes as “one-toothed , braindead rednecks” claiming the election was stolen.

    These loons are obviously inspired by Trump and either do not understand or do not want to understand the Australian system of voting.

    Prepare for Sky News to pick up this story.

    • Leone,

      Your son’s friend’s description is apt. Those “one-toothed, braindead rednecks” are likely to foment a whole lot of trouble, just like their American pals.

      While I really hate having to say this here in Australia, please be careful, everyone.

  22. scorpio6to2 at 12:12 PM Edit

    I just so totally enjoy seeing “The former prime minister” and “Scott Morrison” mentioned in the same sentence, either in the written or spoken word!!!!!

    For extra pleasure try using the script from Monty Python’s Dead Parrot PMship sketch 🙂

  23. The snippet of article in the tweet below was by A. Crabb

    WA Premier Mark McGowan is addressing the media after Labor’s federal election win

  24. I expect some people here are aware of this or have read it, but for me the complete story is new and I found it very moving.

    For those who haven’t or are unaware of the full story, they should read this. I’m sure they will enjoy.

    [ The secret family history of the man who would be PM: Anthony Albanese grew up being told his Italian dad had died in a car crash – before a STUNNING discovery led to an emotional reunion ]


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