Tuesday, December 02, 2014

An Election Review

You may recall I forecast a comfortable re-election of Clem Newton-Brown in my seat of Prahran. There is no other way to say it than I was ever so wrong. While Clem is still in the running, the Labor candidate will probably win, but the astonishing thing is that the Green's member received a primary vote of over 25% and after preferences is in with a slim chance of being the member for Prahran.

Although the polls did forecast a Labor victory, many people, myself included, were doubtful. I voted Green and directed my preference to Labor. I see Labor as the party who looks after the less fortunate in society, does not lie in bed with with big business and its organisations, does liaise and consult with unions which I strongly believe in and generally spends our money more on improving people's lives. That at times it does so in a very incompetent manner distresses me greatly. Yes, I do believe in capitalism. It seems to be the best system we can have but capitalism must be strongly controlled and history has proved this time and time again. Give big business an inch and it will take a mile. Give it a chance to make an extra dollar and it will take ten.

Ex Premier Napthine was a nice enough bloke, I thought. But perhaps that is a problem for Liberal Party leaders. Not so nice Liberal leaders seem to do better, as did the former Premier Jeff Kennett who inflicted on Victorian citizens rather cruel and unusual punishments. That he caused so much  mental stress and upset to people and then goes on to become head of Beyond Blue, an organisation devoted to research into and help with mental illness, is extraordinary and I don't know how his conscience could have allowed him to take such a position.

So, now the east west road tunnel won't be built. People saw right through this waste of billions of dollars and knew it would not solve many people's road congestion issues. If a single matter had to be chosen that brought about the downfall of the Liberal government, that was it. Of concern to me is that it seems that if you want to govern in Victoria, you have to ensure the Frankston railway line, running through several marginal seats, must run like a well oiled machine. This can lead to disasters like Sydney's horrendous Granville train crash with many people killed. The train running from marginal seats had to be on time and should have had lower speed restrictions at one point, but no, the train must run on time so that voters remained happy with the service and did not take any failure out on the politician come election day.

I am really hoping the incoming Labor Party will dump Liberal Party rail tunnel plan and stick with what it has invested a lot of time and money into, a much more useful city building rail tunnel which will help with public transport overcrowding immensely.

The Liberal Party response to their loss is so absurd. We did not sell our message well enough. No, it was what you did or didn't do, and your policies that are the issues. 

And now I will wrap up my thoughts with an anecdote, which you may be able to read more into. I know of a top notch regional private school located in a marginal seat. It was not asked for by the school and not particularly welcome as the school principal of the well funded school with first class facilitates had no idea how she was going to spend the money, but the the local Liberal Party member rocked up to the school with a cheque for a couple of hundred thousand dollars. Media was in tow, photos taken and the story appeared in the local newspaper. The Liberal Party just don't seem to get subtly and what might have gone over un-noticed a couple of decades ago, is seen by an increasingly cynical electorate for exactly what it is.  Everyone knows these top private schools are well funded and many state schools are in a terrible physical state and terribly under funded.

Now, on with the job Dan Andrews. Is he a bit of a technocrat? May not be a bad thing.

16 comments:

  1. Andrew, I definitely agree with you the capitalism is the best system

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    1. Yes Gosia,but it must be controlled.

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  2. I watched with interest - and will continue to watch.
    And sadly I think the Liberal Party firmly believes that their way is the best way - and that they have no need to change.
    Which is sometimes (less often) true of Labour too.

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    1. EC, the Liberal Party seems at times to slip back to the fifties and its born to rule mentality.

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  3. I firmly believe that it's not a good idea to have the same party in the state and federal playrooms, not so much get done but the controls are there as they just don't agree on much at all.
    The trouble is you need a ego the size of a house just to do the job well most do.
    Merle..................

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    1. Playrooms, haha Merle. It does seem to work best as you describe.

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  4. Just one thing can change an election. Odd how pollies rock up to a private school with a cheque. These schools have to be kept happy even if they don't need the money, the people in the school are votes, they hope. What would happen if all the private school children ended up in public schools, I wonder.
    Labour always are for the unions and not so well off people. Liberal are always for the people who have more money, the Greens lock up most things.... well that's what i think.

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    1. WA, it is too late now, but had the growing number of students been catered for well along the way, we would not have so many children in private schools and people would demand better quality state schools. Speaking of Greens, I am a bit puzzled by the Tassie Greens wanting to lock up from comfortable tourism large areas of the state. Sensitive development in or on the edge of such areas is surely of benefit to all, including the environment. But I have not studied the proposals properly.

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    2. Andrew, we are very puzzled about the Greens here. We want progress and trees too etc. but it seems that every developer is cried down, well just about.

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  5. As you know I would rather have my molars extracted with a metal nail file than vote Conservative. However I was very interested in watching the ABC discussions on Saturday night as to why they lost.

    Two right wing women separately said that the Labour Party allowed unionised workers to hand out how-to-vote cards to voters. The normally right-wing voters were apparently so intimidated, they felt they had to vote Labour.

    hhmmm, I am a member of a union and so are all my colleagues at work. How would anyone know? or care? How can a voter be "intimidated" into voting against their conscience?

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    1. Hels, in other words it is a load of tosh. The Liberal Party is looking to blame anything and everything for their loss, except themselves.

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  6. Capitalism unfettered is terrible, I believe in capitalism but not how we do it here in the states - I prefer a Western European model...

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    1. Keith, I'm afraid I agree. Yours is not a model to copy, but you do have some quite strong laws and people to get caught out.

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  7. I find relentless post-election self-analysis press releases so tedious and pointless - and whatever the state, political party or issues, they come up with the same things every time which all amount to not taking responsibility for what they failed to do. Will be interesting to see how this one goes for you!!

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    1. Red, exactly what they are doing. They haven't 'sold their message well enough'. Nothing to do with what they have or haven't done.

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  8. rearrange the letters of 'election results' and you get 'lies, let's recount'

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