Wednesday, May 25, 2022

We voted

The Australian vote at last weekend's election showed a decline in the vote for the two major parties, both Labor and Liberal (conservatives). Yes, it seems Australians are becoming a bit fed up with these two very slick political machines. 

The Green vote rose substantially and in my own electorate, the Green candidate came very close to rolling the sitting Labor member in a seat that has as far as I know has always voted Labor. The Greens have at least two more lower house seats, maybe more and it looks like it has done well in the Senate too with a gain of more seats. Vote counting is incomplete. 

A few dickheads voted for billionaire Clive Palmer's Australia United Party whose offering was lots and lots of cake and cream, with a taste hint of uranium and coal dust.

Even less than at the last election voted for the racist and xenophobic Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party. 

I was surprised by the success of The Greens but I was more surprised by the teals. The teals are not a party and each is independent. They generally have conservative economic values but desperately want climate change issues addressed, and they are socially progressive. Their ideals sat well with many in what used to be safe blue ribbon conservative Liberal Party seats, and they won quite a number and came close in a couple more. These voters did not like the Liberal Party's swing to the right and the party's climate change inaction. 

The Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese is our new Prime Minister and unlike our last PM, Albo seems like a decent and honourable bloke. He has been a career politician from a young age and so has little experience of the real world, but he did grow up with his single mother who lived in public housing. However as a career politician, he knows how the political system works, how to negotiate and how to get legislation through the parliament. I doubt he will serve either big business or labour extremes without some very critical thought.

At counting now, Albo cannot form a Labor Party government in its own right without votes from The Greens or the independents. Labor has 75 seats and it needs 76 to govern in its own right. The counting goes on.

The new Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, with his partner and his son.

32 comments:

  1. I am filled with hope that I will no longer be shamed by our Government. I also like the number of independents that have been elected. Negotiation rather than mindless trampling will be required. In my own city, for the first time ever it appears we will have an independent elected to the Senate, rather than the particular nasty Liberal candidate we have had for too many years.

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    1. EC, yes that senate change for you was good to learn. Aside from the change, I don't know anything about the former senator nor the other re-elected one.

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    2. Suffice it to say he voted against marriage equality - despite saying he would respect the results of the referendum and flatly refused to even allow the ACT to even consider assisted suicide. And he voted for Dutton in the leadership spill that gave us Smirko.

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  2. Here's hoping your new prime minister does a wonderful job for his people and his country.

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    1. Thanks Sandra, but they always disappoint.

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  3. Here's hoping. We need a sane government somewhere. Where will I emigrate to otherwise.

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    1. You would be most welcome Debby. Just leave your personal protection guns back there.

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  4. In the UK it is townies who vote Green, they think they're being 'eco'; no-one out in the country would vote Green. It's the workers who vote Labour, but Labour has always created unemployment and high taxes. The people who vote Conservative vote to tidy-up the mess left by others. Take your choice.

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    1. Cro, there have been some strong liaisons in the last few years between greens and farmers over mining on the farmer's land. I can't agree that Labour creates higher unemployment and if Labour does tax higher, so it should. Taxes here on wealth are far too low. Our conservatives have taken our country into record public debt. This time it will Labor sorting out the deficit.

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    2. In the UK they have NEVER left office with employment higher than when they were elected. The result of their 'tax and spend' policy.

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  5. I hope he does well. while I am concerned about climate change and all that goes with it, I am more concerned about public housing, more particularly, the lack of it, with so many homeless families now on the streets or living in cars. And surely something needs to be done about the current rental situation, where landlords are pricing homes far out of reach of the average wage earner, causing ever more families to live in cars....

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    1. River, I think public housing is the task of state governments but there is no reason why the federal government can't invest if pubic housing. I don't know if governments make a profit from public housing, but as you know, tenants do pay rent. Private house rental is a private market and not subject to much in the way of controls, as it is in many European countries.

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  6. I wish you luck with your new PM. Our one is either loved or hated depending on whether you don't mind a liar being in charge.

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    1. Marie, thanks. We need all the luck. I think our last PM was worse than your current one, but not by much. French President Macron directly said our PM was a liar.

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  7. I like the idea of a political party being named Labor. The United States may be the only democracy not to have a party with that name. Might come off as too radical, no matter how mainstream its policies.

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    1. Kirk, the spelling of Labor as against Labour gets up the nose of some people here but it has long being spelt that way. The party's base funding is from workers' unions but clearly it appeals to more than just the unionised. I can well imagine the name would not sit well with the citizens of your country.

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  8. I rather think our new PM knows and understands more about ‘the real world’ than we think. I’m hoping he (and the new government) are able to bring a sense of hope to our country.
    For many elections I was always a swinging voter, never making up my mind until the day…..this time I knew from the time it was called where my vote was going.

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    1. Cathy, I am Albo does understand about society. I don't really get swinging voters unless they are very attuned to money and which party will give them the most money. I have a passion for care of the less fortunate in society, social justice and environmental matters and the Liberal Party never comes close.

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  9. My electorate, which has always been progressive, still hasn't been decided. I really really hope Josh Burns gets back in.

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    1. Hels, it appears he has. The Greens opponent was also very acceptable.

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  10. I live in the most liberal part of the state, with so much insanity in the much of the rest of the state

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    1. TP, I am surprised. I would have thought your surrounding state might have been better.

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  11. Interesting to hear how it all turned out. It's promising that the Greens did so well. I think voters all over the world ARE getting sick of two-party systems driven by big political machines. Voters want more choice.

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    1. Steve, certainly here people are over the major parties. More choice is what people voted for at this election.

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  12. It's refreshing to read this. But I've had hope before and then surreptitiously, these whiz kids with the ideas for the betterment of mankind creep over to the dark side. I do hope yours don't.
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    WWW

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    1. Dun worry WWW. I have no hope either for much, but there may be some good things. I've heard it all before too.

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  13. Looks like Albo will indeed be enjoying a "better future" with Jodie Haydon in his bed chamber.

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    1. YP, only when it suits their purposes as they don't live together, but the temptation to become the Lady of The Lodge will be great or better, the Queen of Kirribilli. .

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  14. I watched the Election results of the ABC. The teals did very well as did the Greens in certain areas of Australia. Many women elected which is good too.

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    1. Margaret, unfortunately not many women from the Liberal or National parties. This is one thing the two conservative parties need to address.

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  15. When I saw the projected winners on your election night, I was happy to see Morrison out, and a minority government in (I think I read that right?) Minorities have to watch their step, at least. I hope politics is less controversial for your country for a few years. It seems like it's always a choice of bad and less bad, though, all around the world.

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    1. Jenny, it was good to see Morrison lose. It is still not decided if Labor can form government on its own, but it will form government with Greens and or teals. Haha, if Australia is not mentioned in your media, all must quiet on the western front.

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