So, at the end of all the hoo-ha, negativity, xenophobia and mediocre inconsequential “fluffy stuff” journalism, what did we get? A House of Representative that is quite obviously going to be hung, some pretty drawn politicians (especially the party leaders and those that lost seats) and a dichotomy of political positions that while not exactly quartered, is certainly f(r)actional (smug play on words 🙂
And what do we learn from this illuminating experience?:
- No-one wants to take the blame for the outcome. As usual, it was someone else’s fault. Mr Rudd seems to be the popular choice in the Labor camp, especially in New South Wales. Ahh Kristina Kenneally this previously bolted on Labor voter eagerly awaits the state election so he can actively participate in the annihilation of your government. As yet the Liberals haven’t ascribed blame, but they will. In the dark and dank recesses of the power junkies’ minds they’ll be thinking what the outcome might have been had Malcolm Turnbull been the Leader of the Opposition. Unacceptable truth folks: It would have been a walkover for the Liberals. So much for your cleverness.
- We didn’t particularly like either Labor or Liberal. They were venal, opportunistic, xenophobic, populist, negative and myopic in their vision for Australia. The only driver was the acquisition of power and they were both prepared to be populist and irresponsible to win.
- The swing from Labor didn’t eventuate as a significant swing to the Liberals. The Greens picked up most of it, and their preferences reverted predominantly back to Labor. Message: “Labor, you’re a bunch of yo-yo’s and here’s a warning to lift your game.” “Liberals, we don’t like you either, and even less than we like Labor”. And; “Oops, we’ve very nearly stuffed it up with our protest vote!”
- There has to be a better way of determining election outcomes than by trying to temp those in marginals to vote for you by giving them “sweeties”. It’s about one step away from paying people hard cash to vote for you. A way has to be found to make all votes equal in value. A start might be to remove compulsory voting and let the populace decide for themselves whether they wish to participate in elections.
- We don’t like political machinations, factionalism and behind the scenes manipulation in any party. While such behaviour appears to be a fact of life, ideally we want to see it stomped on and not an integral (and accepted) part of politics. We don’t need this and nor do we need corporate or union powerbrokers manipulating the elected governments of Australia. It’s the people’s country collectively not yours to play with as you wish. And by the way, you represent minority groups, not the populace as a whole. There is a need to stop donations to political parties and provide them with a reasonable amount of election funding from Australia’s consolidated revenue. There should also be “truth in advertising” during elections. Enough of the untruthful, unsubstantiated bulls**t and scaremongering.
- The Greens have been provided with a golden opportunity to consolidate their position as a significant player in Australian politics. Good for them, if they can temper some of their more excessive policy positions with a degree of pragmatism and sensibility. If they do consolidate then it’s likely that the battle for the middle ground by both Liberal and Labor will shift further to the right. It will be interesting to see how this turns out. A Liberal/Labor party and a Conservative/Liberal party perhaps?
And finally, what did I learn from this experience? My Gutometer prediction didn’t quite come true (previous post) with regard to a Liberal win. Never mind its still within the success/failure range, so let’s see how many of the other thirteen predictions made at the same time are borne out. The internal Labor bunfight appears to have started, so that’s one on the way.