Election Open Forum

Discuss the South Australian state election and Batman by-election results here.

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  1. Infidel Tiger

    Fuck them all. Burn in Hell.

  2. Jo Smyth

    Just waiting to see how the AusCons do. The rest are a waste of space.

  3. Fleeced

    There’s an election?

  4. JC

    Lol

    That’s what I said to myself, fleeced. I knew it was on but thought later in the year.

  5. Speedbox

    If Labour are elected again, then those in SA deserve everything they get. Good ‘n hard.

  6. Oh come on

    Some bleating about the ACP directing its preferences to the ALP. Well, the alternative is the Greens.

  7. Rae

    Channel Nine is already calling it for the Libs 2PP 50.5% to Labor 49.5%, based on exit polling.

  8. H B Bear

    Good to see the WA Lieborals not bowing to pressure and putting forward a middle aged white guy in Cottesloe. He’ll fit right in to the post-Barney Lieboral Tarago.

    I wonder if they let the Emperor do any campaigning or whether they said, “Thanks Barney, you’ve done enough damage already. Here’s $500. Have the weekend off and take the wife to Margaret River.”

  9. Crossie

    Couldn’t Sky News scrape up any other Liberal for their panel than that gay blade and Black Hand leader Chrissie Pahn?

  10. Infidel Tiger

    Libs got 55% last election and lost.

  11. Marcus

    Good to see the WA Lieborals not bowing to pressure and putting forward a middle aged white guy in Cottesloe. He’ll fit right in to the post-Barney Lieboral Tarago.

    There was a letter leaked to the West earlier this week in which Mike Nahan, responding to a doctor’s wife type complaining about the Libs picking a “pale, stale male” to just vote for the Greens, because they sound more up her alley.

    It just might have been the most impressive moment of his leadership so far.

  12. Crossie

    Some bleating about the ACP directing its preferences to the ALP. Well, the alternative is the Greens.

    I expect you are referring to Batman and not SA.

  13. mem

    I wonder how many climate sceptics there are amongst the Libs in SA?

    “If you are a climate skeptic, it almost inevitably follows that you are: not a victim of groupthink; open-minded; well-informed; intellectually curious; a believer in empiricism and the scientific method; a foe of government waste; brave; economically astute (because ultimately it’s about money, not science); politically bold (because for politicians going against “the Consensus” is still much the easier, more career-safe path).”

    From Delingpole http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/16/delingpole-kudlow-pompeo-trumps-picks-just-get-better-and-better/

  14. H B Bear

    Nahan is just filling in for the next Lieboral leader who may not have even been born yet.

    Are we even allowed to discuss the Cottesloe by-election here? Those Eastern Staters seem to have forgotten Wait Awhile yet again (except when it comes to GST theft).

  15. H B Bear

    Chrissy Payne is Mainland Tasmania personified. He is the perfect panel member.

  16. Jo Smyth

    Chrissy Pyne and Rishworth of the Hair. Two of the biggest turn offs in their Parties.

  17. Crossie

    There was a letter leaked to the West earlier this week in which Mike Nahan, responding to a doctor’s wife type complaining about the Libs picking a “pale, stale male” to just vote for the Greens, because they sound more up her alley.

    It just might have been the most impressive moment of his leadership so far.

    Pissing off the doctors’ wives would go down well with a lot of voters on both sides.

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    The ACP is running third in Batperson.

    Tallyroom

  19. Roger.

    I expect you are referring to Batman and not SA.

    Both elections are formally included in the thread, which isn’t very helpful.

  20. Roger.

    The ACP is running third in Batperson.

    Excellent result so far given the nature of the electorate.

    Bailey is a good candidate.

  21. H B Bear

    ACP numbers will be inflated as the Lieborals ran dead. Not sure how much you (if anything) you can read into them.

  22. nemkat

    Ten candidates, and 8 of them will be preferencing ALP.
    Size of Informal vote is the only thing of interest here.

  23. a reader

    It says a lot about Batperson that the animal justice party are 4th. Nobody who lives in that area has ever so much as patted a cat or walked a dog let alone known anything bigger

  24. JohnA

    H B Bear
    #2663229, posted on March 17, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Chrissy Payne is Mainland Tasmania personified. He is the perfect panel member.

    Tasmanian pine? For the wooden member?

  25. None

    Plus 200,000 early votes. So AEC will take 6 months to count those. SABest siphoning votes off Liberals. How useless are the Libs. They could win based on redistribution alone (which corrects Rann’s disgusting gerrymander) but they are so useless they will lose anyway.

  26. None

    Rebecca Sharkie of Xenophon team is so unimpressive. Total flake.

  27. Neenee

    The ACP is running third in Batperson.

    Actually that’s fourth. Just behind Informal.

  28. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It says a lot about Batperson that the animal justice party are 4th. Nobody who lives in that area has ever so much as patted a cat or walked a dog let alone known anything bigger

    Animal Justice Party are the Inner city Greens, who consider that you should have a “social licence ” to farm. Their finest hour was the ban on the live cattle trade to Indonesia, when the Gilliard Government went to water in the face of a vocal campaign from them. In a just world, they would have starved to death years ago.

  29. JohnA

    For the wooden panel member

  30. Roger.

    ACP numbers will be inflated as the Lieborals ran dead. Not sure how much you (if anything) you can read into them

    This is an inner city seat. I expect many of the c. 17 000 Liberals who voted for Souris last time will be holding their noses and voting for Kearney ahead of both the Greens and ACP.

  31. Pecker

    Hey…. Speers on Sky cannot help himself…every comment involves blowing smoke up the A of Nick X and SAB…very worrying!!

  32. Bruce of Newcastle

    ACP running at about half the Greens vote in Veneztralia.

    SA Tallyroom

  33. old bloke

    I was surprised to see Teresa Van Lieshout standing as an independent in Batman. She has stood in two elections in Perth, it looks like she’s a Victoriastani now.*

    Vasse by-election 2014

    Canning by-election 2015

    * I just checked, she also stood for a NSW Senate position in 2016, so she has been busy.

  34. None

    Jeepers. Labor may win SA on preferences. Fuck.

  35. JMH

    At just over an hour of counting in, has the ABC’s Antony Green called it for the WeatheDill disaster yet?

  36. areff

    It says a lot about Batperson that the animal justice party are 4th.

    I’ve met the candidate a couple of times at social functions. She likes to dress as a red Indian and is madder than a meataxe.

  37. None

    Conservatives 9.6% in Narrunga

  38. H B Bear

    Jeepers. Labor may win SA on preferences.

    That was always a pretty high probability.

  39. Bruce of Newcastle

    Antony just said that there doesn’t seem to be much of a swing, and the X’s are confusing his computer, so he says it will be quite a while before anyone can call it.

  40. H B Bear

    She likes to dress as a red Indian and is madder than a meataxe.

    Aussie Fauxcahontas. Perfect for Batman.

  41. None

    Channel 10 predicts 17 to 15 to Libs. Cory Bernardi doesn’t think Libs have a high enough primary vote. Snelling (SA Labor, retiring. My god he’s dyed his hair) reckons Libs parking votes with SA Best and giving vote back to Libs on prefs. Still it’s disgustingly poor primary vote for Libs. SA is toast.

  42. pbw

    Yes Neenee,

    It’s a strong showing by this veteran campaigner, Informal, by Apathy, out of Disgust, on the back of what seemed to observers to be lackadaisical preparation. But then, his connections have never run him on anything but a shoe-string budget. Can the old fella place? It’ll be shampaign all round!

  43. Roger.

    SA is toast.

    That prediction assumes a reliable power supply.

  44. JMH

    Bwahahahaha – if I read correctly, Hartley has been retained by the Libs which means Xylophone is now crying into his pizza!

  45. Roger.

    We desperately need a Constitutional mechanism whereby a state can be temporarily expelled from the Federation and compelled to live with the consequences of the decisions of its electorate as a “learning” exercise, to be readmitted if and when such “learnings” are thoroughly internalised.

  46. None

    Snelling -retiring SALabor health min (old Catholic right, shoppies) says SA Best preferences breaking to Libs. Libs really need to win clearly. Snelling’s let’s cut 7 hospitals to 3 is hurting but people still hate Libs.

  47. None

    Conservatives at 5.1% in Florey

  48. Baldrick

    Australian Conservatives running 4th in Batman, behind Informal 3rd

    Which only goes to prove Leftards are too dumb to count to 10.

  49. Delta A

    Xenaphon in trouble in Hartley.

  50. Infidel Tiger

    Neither Batman nor South Australia are representative of Australia. Anyone who cares about either is a complete arsehole and a ratfink loser.

  51. Delta A

    IT, go bite your bum!

  52. Boambee John

    She likes to dress as a red Indian and is madder than a meataxe.

    Cultural appropriation!

  53. herodotus

    We desperately need a Constitutional mechanism whereby a state can be temporarily expelled from the Federation and compelled to live with the consequences of the decisions of its electorate as a “learning” exercise, to be readmitted if and when such “learnings” are thoroughly internalised.
    At the very least they should have all interconnectors disconnected.

  54. ACP running at about half the Greens vote in Veneztralia.

    3.4%. Not even enough to qualify for public funding.
    As I wrote in the very first post on this thread:

    RIP ACP.

  55. Leigh Lowe

    Looks like the Greaseball Party will struggle to win a seat.

  56. H B Bear

    Yep not a great start for the ACP given it is Bernardi’s home state.

  57. Peter Castieau

    I won’t be as harsh as IT, my observation would be that these election results are a reflection of everything that is totally wrong with the body politic.

  58. Infidel Tiger

    IT, go bite your bum!

    If I had that flexibility I would probably bite my toenails.

    In all seriousness, it’s f every South Australian does tonight, I and all my family and friends would be much much richer. We hate you, and hope you die.

  59. Leigh Lowe

    Greaseball on Sky… we’ve shaken things up. We’ve built a foundation.
    Translation?
    We’re fucked.
    (But the Hotels Association done us in).

  60. Robber Baron

    A lot of my neighbors in my street are disappointed that the Libs didn’t field a candidate. The libs just keep pissing off people.

  61. None

    Jack Snelling’s seat (forget its name) virtually went to another seat Florey in the redistribution. Big Labor stoush. Snelling won preselection for Florey. Sitting Florey member (who is a bit of s mongrel -Frances Bedford) quit to run as Indy. Then Snelling retired anyway.
    So Labor parachuted a Weatherill advisor who lives other side of town, and spent 20 years working in BBC London. In meantime, as final parting gesture Snelling mailed constituents this week telling them to vote Bedford last as she is a gun ho euthanasia supporter (who campaigns for hospitals) and SA politicians are obsessed with killing South Aussies.. That just all epitomises SA politics. Spineless unprincipled incoherent hatefest.

  62. Infidel Tiger

    “If every South Australian died tonight”

  63. JMH

    I wouldn’t sell AC out. This could turn out to be a decent run in SA that actually puts them on the map. Same for Batman.

  64. Turtle of WA

    We desperately need a Constitutional mechanism whereby a state can be temporarily expelled from the Federation and compelled to live with the consequences of the decisions of its electorate as a “learning” exercise, to be readmitted if and when such “learnings” are thoroughly internalised.
    At the very least they should have all interconnectors disconnected.

    No, we need a truly federal system, with an emphasis on taxes being collected and spent at a state level.

  65. Turtle of WA

    And disconnect the interconnectors.

  66. Leigh Lowe

    A lot of my neighbors in my street are disappointed that the Libs didn’t field a candidate. The libs just keep pissing off people.

    Exactly.
    You never know …
    If the Green candidate and the ALP candidate were caught in a threesome with a donkey …
    Nah, wouldn’t matter.

  67. None

    Hanson Young now setting up scare campaign about oil drilling off Kangaroo Island.
    FFS. The Greens candidate for Adelaide was going to try knock her off senate ticket but he just made green vote go backwards in seat of Adelaide so the stupid cow might survive preselection.

  68. Bruce of Newcastle

    Xenaphon in trouble in Hartley.

    At 35% counted:

    RYAN Marijka IND 2.4% 196
    JACKSON Bob AC 2.2% 179
    PORTOLESI Grace ALP 24.2% 1,995
    NEAGLE Rick DIG 1% 79
    TARZIA Vincent LIB 40.8% 3,369
    ZWAANS Lauren GRN 4.5% 373
    XENOPHON Nick SAB 25% 2,060

    Long way to go of course.

  69. None

    Hartley may have just kissed Xenophon good bye….Although preferences may come into play. The only good news.
    Yes idiot doesn’t realise the Xenophon vote at fed level in that seat was anti Briggs not pro Xenophon and now that we have seen how dull Sharpie is….

  70. H B Bear

    The Greenfilth are their own worst enemy and still pull about 1 in 10 Australian votes. Think about that.

  71. Baldrick

    RIP ACP.

    I’ll say it again for the hard of hearing reading, the Australian Conservatives primary aim is to win federal Senate seats.
    Contesting State elections is primarily to raise the profile of the party.

  72. None

    AC is targetting upper house. They have 2 in SA senate one up for re-election.
    They hope to get him reelected and have outside chance of getting second ( giving total of 3). Their second candidate is very strong. Rural business woman.

  73. Shy Ted

    Volunteer at the booths in SA today. Lower socioeconomic area. What an eye-opener. I shake my head when I wonder round the shopping centres but today was something else.

  74. Crossie

    Has any electorate been called yet?

  75. OneWorldGovernment

    Turtle of WA
    #2663330, posted on March 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    We desperately need a Constitutional mechanism whereby a state can be temporarily expelled from the Federation and compelled to live with the consequences of the decisions of its electorate as a “learning” exercise, to be readmitted if and when such “learnings” are thoroughly internalised.
    At the very least they should have all interconnectors disconnected.

    No, we need a truly federal system, with an emphasis on taxes being collected and spent at a state level.
    Turtle of WA
    #2663332, posted on March 17, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    And disconnect the interconnectors.

    And give only wind and solar power to all ‘green’ electorates, major city CBD’s and every university with a ban on diesel, gas or petrol back up power

  76. Pete of Perth

    Tracky dackies galore Shy Ted

  77. Delta A

    Baldrick
    #2663343, posted on March 17, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Seems some people can’t understand this simple fact, Baldy.

  78. Andreas

    Yes idiot doesn’t realise the Xenophon vote at fed level in that seat was anti Briggs not pro Xenophon and now that we have seen how dull Sharpie is….

    Brigg’s seat covered the Adelaide Hills, Xenophon is running in the inner eastern suburbs. Xenophon is in with a good chance in Heysen on current numbers, which covers part of the Adelaide Hills.

  79. H B Bear

    Volunteer at the booths in SA today. Lower socioeconomic area. What an eye-opener. I shake my head when I wonder round the shopping centres but today was something else.

    Those outer northern Adelaide suburbs is where hope goes to die. Makes a barrel look like a pretty attractive option.

  80. Pete of Perth

    Thank heavens for the nullabor plain.

  81. a reader

    Good to see Matt Cowdrey, a Paralympic swimming champ and a really top bloke, look like he is easily taking Colton. I’m just sad that he’s hitched to the Marshall bandwagon. He’s better than that.

  82. Crossie

    Leigh Lowe
    #2663317, posted on March 17, 2018 at 8:33 pm
    Looks like the Greaseball Party will struggle to win a seat.

    Good, I don’t see any difference between Xenophon and Labor.

  83. Contesting State elections is primarily to raise the profile of the party.

    Bernadi doing a swan dive from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge arch might raise the profile of the party too. But I wouldn’t recommend that, either.

    The ACP has just committed electoral suicide in Bernrdi’s home state.
    It goes without saying they are now history elsewhere.

  84. nemkat

    The Greens are only pulling 4.5 in Hartley, so i’d say they’re fucked.

    Informal are 500 ahead of AC with about 60% counted in Batman, looking good.
    Tallyroom.

  85. John Stankevicius

    Adelaide proddy state with big Greek pop. No wonder it’s a dole bludgeon heaven. Full of lippy unskilled pretentoius gits aka annabell crab Julia gaillard Alexander downer. Need I go on with any further examples.

  86. a reader

    Crossie…Playford , West Torrens and Colton look settled for Labor x2 and Liberal respectively

  87. None

    Labor candidate thinks he has lost Newland.

  88. Andreas

    The ACP has just committed electoral suicide in Bernrdi’s home state.

    Huh? They took over the Family First party in SA and have 1 member in the upper house up for re-election, and he’ll probably be re-elected.

  89. None

    Andreas Xenophon is not tslking to locsl media at mo
    He’s not in good position.

  90. None

    Xenophon prefs breaking 60-40 to Liberals. Big prepoll -when Xenophon hadn’t been exposed.

  91. Rayvic

    “I wonder how many climate sceptics there are amongst the Libs in SA?”

    None, going on the parlous state (pardon the pun) of the SA electricity supply.

  92. Bruce of Newcastle

    SA Greens won’t be happy.
    Currently 6.5% of the primary vote vs 8.7% in the last election.
    Manifest destiny has come unstuck.

  93. None

    Channel 10 predicting Libs win. Channel 10 host: “The Xenophon thing has been a disaster tonight hasn’t it?” Don Farrell calling him an Icarus. Lib commentator also putting the boot in. The only good thing about this election is seeing Xenophon get booted.

  94. Rebel with cause

    And this is the state we trust to build our submarines? Good grief.

  95. Rayvic

    “Contesting State elections is primarily to raise the profile of the party.”

    Then what is non-contesting the seat of Batman?

    Our PM does not believe in raising the Libs profile — a sure way for the party to go into oblivion.

  96. JMH

    At state of play right now, Antony Green reckons WeatherDill can’t form government. Excellent news.

  97. Sean

    I don’t think Bernardi’s party is ever going to be strong in SA.

    More NSW/QLD/WA

  98. Delta A

    ABC predicts Liberals will win 24 seats. That translates to majority government.

  99. Sean

    SA Liberals plan from day 1:

    Don’t do the dumb **** Geriatric Jay was doing

  100. struth

    Libs have won South Australia.

  101. a reader

    How long before one of the NXT Senators or one of Xenophone’s new SA MLCs gets the tap on the shoulder and “resigns” to be replaced by said Xenophone.

  102. Sean

    It’s a sad day when you’re happy a union hack beat a green in a seat

  103. nemkat

    Then what is non-contesting the seat of Batman?
    They would’ve had to have preferenced ALP over Greens to retain any credibility with their Base, but how does gifting Shorten a win look to the Swinging Voter?

  104. Aussieute

    Hartley … 2 party preferred

    ARZIA Vincent LIB 59.2%
    XENOPHON Nick SAB – 40.8%

    Sink the scumbag!

  105. Andreas

    Antony Green: Liberal Government looks likely
    It looks highly unlikely Labor can win the election and it looks like it will be a Liberal Government, it’s a question of whether it’s a majority or minority Liberal Government.

    Looking like a win for the party of small government batteries? I can’t believe it.

  106. None

    If they get 23 Troy from Mt Gambier (who looks set to win) will back them. They need clear air. Upper bouse critical. SA Libs still hopeless though. Committed to RET and other nonsense.

  107. Boambee John

    H B Bear
    #2663342, posted on March 17, 2018 at 8:48 pm
    The Greenfilth are their own worst enemy and still pull about 1 in 10 Australian votes. Think about that.

    Discussion on the open thread a couple of days ago suggested that 5% of the population have an IQ of 70 or lower. That explains half of their votes.

  108. JMH

    I don’t think Bernardi’s party is ever going to be strong in SA.

    More NSW/QLD/WA

    Sean, give them a go. Brand new party sending out feelers. They did quite well in the by-election in Bennelong last year. If they draw even with the Greenscum in SA – that’s not bad. Third in Batman against a number of independents is an excellent result. Don’t sell them down the river just yet.

  109. None

    Xenophon trying to put a spin on his tragic showing. Pretending they are spoliers, setting foundations blah blah. Two party duopoly. Blah blah. He forgets SA has always had strong minors e.g. Greens, Dems, FF etc.

  110. Leigh Lowe

    Aussieute

    #2663385, posted on March 17, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Hartley … 2 party preferred

    ARZIA Vincent LIB 59.2%
    XENOPHON Nick SAB – 40.8%

    Sink the scumbag!

    The fucking Greaseball Spiv was on a while ago talking “underdog” and “campaign on a shoestring” (not counting the $4 m worth of free ads on the ABC).

  111. Baldrick

    Seems some people can’t understand this simple fact, Baldy.

    Seems some people here would rather support anyone but the Australian Conservatives Delta.

  112. Sean

    JMH

    I just think SA is more left leaning than Victoria. Also the strongest union powerbroker is a social conservative

  113. stackja

    WHO’S WINNING?
    The Liberal Party is currently leading the total seat tally against Labor 12 seats to seven.

  114. Crossie

    Sky just flashed ALP will win SA election while underneath showing Libs with 23 seats to Labor’s 17.

    What am I missing?

    OK, I only check with them every 15 minutes while watching a movie but still not comprehending their reasoning.

  115. egg_

    Libs have won South Australia.

    A poisoned chalice?

  116. Turtle of WA

    Thank heavens for the nullabor plain.

    FY.

  117. stackja

    But the result could also spell trouble for Greens leader Richard Di Natale, with the senator being blamed for a bitter internal dispute that destabilised the campaign.

    A veteran Greens activist said there would be a lot of introspection if the party lost.

    “The suspicion is that people around Richard are responsible for this — there are a number of names that keep coming up,” the source said.

    “The leakers and the saboteurs are not going to have a pleasant time of it whatever happens.”

    Another senior Greens source said there was a widespread belief Senator Di Natale’s office played a role in destabilising the campaign.

    Sources said tensions could become a threat to Senator Di Natale’s leadership, with fellow Victorian Adam Bandt — who had coveted the leadership for some time — a possible candidate.

    “It is fair to say he would be widely supported by the membership,” the source said.

  118. MsDolittle

    I love it, Greens ceding speech in Batman. Perhaps it was worth standing in Preston for 10 hours today.

  119. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Thank heavens for the nullabor plain.

    FY.

    Indeed.

  120. Turtle of WA

    Inner city Melbournians are insane. The greenfilth concession speech is pure virtue signalling.

  121. JMH

    JMH

    I just think SA is more left leaning than Victoria. Also the strongest union powerbroker is a social conservative

    Sean, this SA result has incredible implications for the Hunchback of Spring Street – Dan the CFMEU Man! Regardless how useless Marshall may be, he can’t be worse than WeatherDill.

    My advice to Marshall would be to suggest he goes hard winding in Weatherill’s renewable energy farce! He’s in now. Let’s see him FIX SA!

  122. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I love it, Greens ceding speech in Batman. Perhaps it was worth standing in Preston for 10 hours today.

    Well done, MsDolittle. Never forget the Greens motto – “In victory, malice. In defeat, revenge.”

  123. Crossie

    egg_
    #2663406, posted on March 17, 2018 at 9:31 pm
    Libs have won South Australia.

    A poisoned chalice?

    First, that’s what I thought looking at the seats projection. Then what did I see flashed on Sky New?

    As to poisoned chalice, hardly. They should scrap every green initiative and start either a new coal power station, a gas one or even a nuke. It’s the only way to keep the remaining industry and even woo new ones.

  124. struth

    I think you have to look at the corruption in the SA elections.
    Redrawing electoral borders every five seconds to suit the left and other things.
    Strange, our friends in the Clare Valley couldn’t watch the result.
    No power.

  125. Delta A

    Kudos, MsDolittle.

    You put your money – time and effort – where your mouth is. Australia desperately needs more Ms Do’s.

  126. stackja

    THE Greens have conceded a loss in the Batman by-election, with party leader Richard Di Natale blaming preferences from far-right conservatives for the loss.

  127. Oh come on

    So Libs win SA and ALP wins Gotham. Yawn.

  128. MsDolittle

    Heh, Ms D. Green tears.

    St Patrick’s Day.

  129. Nic

    Hahahaha. Yes.
    Driving out snakes.

  130. cohenite

    Pussy libs up in SA with 1 in doubt. Let’s see if the bastards construe this as an endorsement of alarmism and renewables.

  131. Crossie

    Does anyone remember the Multifunction Polis from the 80s, what happened to kill it off? Was it wind power even then?

  132. struth

    The libs better sort out the power supply problems quick smart as Dan the CMFEU man will be turning it off tomorrow.

  133. Ubique

    Thank heavens for the Nullarbor plain

    An indicator of the appalling standard of Australian education is that 99.9 percent of the population thinks Nullarbor is an aboriginal word. About the same percentage can’t spell it.

  134. Delta A

    Richard Di Natale blaming preferences from far-right conservatives for the loss.

    Not quite dead and useless yet, are they!

  135. stackja


    @9NewsAdel
    #BREAKING: #9News projects the Liberal Party has won the #SAVotes election.
    9:34 PM – Mar 17, 2018

  136. stackja

    Current seat count: 21 Liberal, 18 Labor, 2 independent, 6 undecided: Mt Gambier, Elder, King, Newland, Mawson, Heysen.

  137. Crossie

    THE Greens have conceded a loss in the Batman by-election, with party leader Richard Di Natale blaming preferences from far-right conservatives for the loss.

    Lesser of two evils, though not by much.

  138. stackja

    SkyNewsAust
    #BREAKING: Sky News projects @LiberalSAHQ has won the South Australian election and will go on to form a majority government.

  139. Turtle of WA

    THE Greens have conceded a loss in the Batman by-election, with party leader Richard Di Natale blaming preferences from far-right conservatives for the loss.

    They’re trying to associate Labor with the “far right”. It suits their insular, paranoid mindset to believe that the other 90% of the community are fascists.

    I heard it cleverly pointed out recently that those inner city folk who see themselves as “cosmopolitan” are the most tribal in-group of all. In the suburbs people will accept differences.

  140. Nic

    Pyne on Sky. My flesh is crawling.

  141. Andreas

    I suspect the boundaries being re-drawn somewhat fairly did more for the Liberals than anything from their own campaign.

  142. Baldrick

    So Libs win SA and ALP wins Gotham. Yawn.

    On the positive side at least the greasy Xenophon and the Greenfilth flunked it.

  143. MsDolittle

    Greens were 8 deep all day. Labor 4-6. AC did their bit. I had a stroke of luck at St Raphael’s – AC candidate Kevin Bailey, ex SAS, etc – told all the nona’s he is a father of 7 and therefore has skin in the future game and an AO. AOs don’t just grow on trees! And it was confirmation day at this little catholic school.

  144. egg_

    They should scrap every green initiative and start either a new coal power station, a gas one or even a nuke. It’s the only way to keep the remaining industry and even woo new ones.

    We can dream.
    Aren’t they the “small battery” party?

  145. stackja

    Labor says it was forced into the expensive tactic after reports surfaced that residents aged over 70 had been targeted by an anonymous robocall telling them they didn’t to attend polling booths.

    Labor reported the incident to the Victorian Electoral Commission and said it was “as low as it gets”.

  146. Baldrick

    MsDolittle
    #2663411, posted on March 17, 2018 at 9:34 pm
    I love it, Greens ceding speech in Batman. Perhaps it was worth standing in Preston for 10 hours today.
    ______
    THE Greens have conceded a loss in the Batman by-election, with party leader Richard Di Natale blaming preferences from far-right conservatives for the loss.

    Your efforts have been vindicated MsD. Well done.

  147. Seems some people can’t understand this simple fact, Baldy.

    Seems some people here would rather support anyone but the Australian Conservatives Delta.

    For the record, I was one of the earliest supporters of Bernardi here, long before he formed the ACP. I remain a supporter of the conservative values he and his party promote. That has nothing to do with electoral insanity. History shows that a fledgling party chasing votes in the HoR and State Lower House seats is on a one way ticket to electoral oblivion.

    Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
    Bernardi just repeated it.

  148. max

    Australian elections are one of the greatest con games in history
    Lang Hancock, “Why the Hawke corroboree can do nothing,” The Australian, March 25, 1983, p. 8, as a letter to the editor.
    SIR — If the recent election has proved nothing else, it should have demonstrated once again the axiom that politicians can fool most of the people most of the time.

    Elections do nothing to change governments in Canberra — they only change the politicians.

    The four real arms of unchanging government are:
    The enormous central bureaucracy forever expanding according to Parkinson’s law.
    The semi-permanent heads of some of the more disruptive trade unions.
    The firms with high pressure lobbyists, enabling them to keep their hands constantly in the till, obtaining subsidies, quotas, monopolies and tariff protections for industries declining in efficiency.
    The media which does the thinking for the unthinking majority.

    If you consider the above you will see that the control of these four main arms of government does not vary with elections irrespective of which party is in power or who become Prime Minister.

    For instance, the four press barons, like departmental heads, do not change with each succeeding government — neither does the utter futility of the elected representatives of the people because politicians don’t act, they only react to public opinion as formed by the media.

    The media in all its forms was particularly influential in selling Fraser a pup in going to the polls early.
    an Australian election is nothing more than one of the greatest con games in history

    In short, an Australian election is nothing more than one of the greatest con games in history, which is being made even more farcical as television exerts its ever-increasing power over the public mind.
    This was forcibly illustrated in the last election when charisma on the idiot box, rather than policies, decided who should fill the plum jobs and ride around in Commonwealth cars.
    the only remaining function left to the politicians by which they could serve the nation would be to reject every piece of legislation put before them and revoke the thousands of unnecessary laws that have got this great country bogged down
    Seeing that the power of Parliament has been usurped by the four arms of government that I have mentioned, the only remaining function left to the politicians by which they could serve the nation would be to reject every piece of legislation put before them and revoke the thousands of unnecessary laws that have got this great country bogged down by legislation which interferes and restricts every conceivable area of industry.
    After all, there is quite some truth in the statement that ever since Moses carved some fundamental laws in stone, all subsequent legislation merely adds power and benefit to the already over-powerful bureaucracy.
    In the face of the above, only the knaves who created the Hawke myth and the naive who believe it will fail to admit that neither Mr Hawke nor the mob that he is assembling for the grand corroboree can do anything about getting Australia out of the mess which the permanent real government has got us into.
    At all corroborees there are some who suffer the agonies of initiation ceremonies — unfortunately, in the case of the summit corroboree, the victim to be circumcised might well be Australia.
    LANG HANCOCK
Perth
    http://economics.org.au/2014/10/australian-elections-are-one-of-the-greatest-con-games-in-history/

  149. Rafe Champion

    Di Natale blames Ms Doolittle for defeat:)
    Great work!!!

  150. Nic

    AC candidate Kevin Bailey, ex SAS, etc – told all the nona’s he is a father of 7

    What? Competing against an ethnic lesbian who has been a union employee since leaving school . He couldn’t join the ALP /sarc.

  151. stackja

    But pensioner Malcolm, 68, said the last thing he wanted was a “loony” Green in federal Parliament.

    “I don’t like the idea of a Greens win. I think the Greens are all lunatics,” the Labor voter said. “We don’t need any more lunatics.”

    But he said that Labor’s staffers needed to be sacked for announcing a tax hike just days out from the by-election.

    The Greens have gone against the tax, which could be a factor in this vote.

    “You don’t give someone and axe and then ask them to hit you in the forehead with it,” he said.

    He said that the banks would stop the contentious Adani coal mine in Queensland and questioned why it was relevant.

    Malcolm said Northcote had changed since he moved in 20 years ago after selling a house in North Fitzroy.

    “It’s hipsterville. When I moved in there were nine pawn shops on the main drag,” he said.

    “Now there’s 26 restaurants and a loaf of bread at that bakery over there is $9.”

  152. Entropy

    What % did they need to win?

  153. stackja

    LABOR has come from behind to snatch victory in the Melbourne seat of Batman despite going into the crucial by-election as underdogs.

    With more than 60 per cent of the votes counted, Greens candidate Alex Bhathal conceded defeat just after 9pm, meaning Labor’s Ged Kearney will replace former MP David Feeney in Canberra.

  154. stackja

    BREAKING state’s most marginal pollie @tomkenyonmp has rung his rival @LiberalSAHQ rival @RichardMHarvey to concede, @theTiser understands as Libs looks set to win #savotes2018 #Adelaide #savotes18

    9:49 PM – Mar 17, 2018

  155. Nic

    LABOR has come from behind to snatch

    VERY Batman.

  156. Rafe Champion

    SA deeply in deficit with power tonight. I wonder how long that will take to turn around? If the Libs even try.

  157. MsDolittle

    Di Natale blames Ms Doolittle for defeat:)
    Great work!!!

    That knob drove past my booth today… minions were thrilled… and he gave the royal wave. … I need a spew bag.

  158. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    With more than 60 per cent of the votes counted, Greens candidate Alex Bhathal conceded defeat just after 9pm, meaning Labor’s Ged Kearney will replace former MP David Feeney in Canberra.

    Let the infighting begin in the Greens. Shame, really.

  159. stackja

    Koutsantonis on Nick Xenophon result: “I like Nick. I don’t like his policies. He should have chosen an easier seat” @theTiser #savotes2018

    — Lauren Novak (@Lauren__Dailey) March 17, 2018

  160. stackja

    “This is not the result any of us would have wanted,” Ms Bhathal said. “I wish Ged all the very best in Canberra.”

    Greens leader Richard Di Natale also spoke as the party conceded defeat.

  161. stackja

    9m
    Lauren Novak

    @Lauren__Dailey
    Replying to @Lauren__Dailey
    Koutsantonis: “Im exceptionally proud. Whether we fall short or not, I dont know yet.” Says boundaries redraw hurt Labor @theTiser #savotes2018

  162. John Bayley

    But pensioner Malcolm, 68, said the last thing he wanted was a “loony” Green in federal Parliament.

    “I don’t like the idea of a Greens win. I think the Greens are all lunatics,” the Labor voter said. “We don’t need any more lunatics.”

    So, in 68 years of living on this Earth, he has not yet worked out that Labor are also lunatics?

    I suppose it must be something in the water down there in Victoria then, that prevents people from learning as they get older…

  163. MsDolittle

    Di Natale blames Ms Doolittle for defeat:)

    Forgive me, Di Natale can suck my fat one.

  164. Nic

    Di Natale can suck my fat one.

    “——————“

  165. MsDolittle

    “——————“

    Agreed.

  166. John Bayley

    Labor’s Ged Kearney will replace former MP David Feeney in Canberra.

    Wasn’t Feeney that poor battler who forgot to disclose several investment properties?
    Clearly such behaviour is to be expected from Labor politicians, so it’s only fair the good voters have seen it fit to elect another one.

  167. Andreas

    Labor Treasurer Koutsantonis:

    “What we were fighting were boundary, lines drawn on a map that made it very difficult for us to win.”

    No more gerrymander, oh noes.

  168. stackja

    Tristan just now
    Sky News live currently at Labor HQ, waiting for Jay Weatherill to arrive.

  169. John Bayley

    Koutsantonis: “Im exceptionally proud.”

    “I’ve always wanted to live back in Greece, but could not afford to move. So now we have Greece in SA. How good is that?”

  170. Bruce of Newcastle

    “I don’t like the idea of a Greens win. I think the Greens are all lunatics,” the Labor voter said. “We don’t need any more lunatics.”

    How do you explain colour to a blind man?

  171. stackja

    Tristan 1 minute ago
    Jay Weatherill expected to address crowd at Labor HQ at 9.45pm.

  172. Turtle of WA

    SA deeply in deficit with power tonight. I wonder how long that will take to turn around? If the Libs even try.

    QLD is cheapest with o% ‘wind and other’.

  173. stackja

    Georgie Moore, Australian Associated Press
    31 minutes ago
    The Greens’ Alex Bhathal has conceded defeat in the federal Batman by-election in Melbourne’s north.

    It was Ms Bhathal’s sixth attempt to win the long-held Labor seat, and the party blamed her loss to Labor’s Ged Kearney on preference distributions.

  174. None

    We had a power cut last night in my burb. Prescient. Xenophon officially lost (with such high prepolls that’s calling it). Vince Hartley Lib dude is claiming victory and looks like auditioning for ministry. He is obsessive. Xenophon lazy stuntmeister picked the Lib’s best grassroots campaigner. I suspect no one will claim gov tonight.

  175. Robber Baron

    Pyne announces that there will never be a nuclear power industry in Australia.

    The Liberal party must be nuked.

  176. Nic

    t was Ms Bhathal’s sixth attempt to win the long-held Labor seat, and the party blamed her loss to Labor’s Ged Kearney on preference distributions.

    She’s lost the seat six times and blames preferences.

  177. Leigh Lowe

    Tristan 1 minute ago
    Jay Weatherill expected to address crowd at Labor HQ at 9.45pm.

    Make sure the batteries are in the right way.

  178. None

    Sunday Msil headline: eXit

  179. stackja


    @7NewsAdelaide
    “It’s fair to say that David has beaten Goliath!” – @VincentTarzia on holding off @nick_xenophon in the seat of Hartley. #SAVotes #7News

    10:08 PM – Mar 17, 2018

  180. MsDolittle

    It was Ms Bhathal’s sixth attempt to win the long-held Labor seat, and the party blamed her loss to Labor’s Ged Kearney on preference distributions.

    I helped! I am so chuffed. And that stupid party shouldn’t have under “mined” Adini. Morons. Today’s effort has been surprisingly worthwhile.

  181. Robber Baron

    Shorten thinks it is 2017. It is 2018 Bill.

  182. Leigh Lowe

    MsDolittle

    #2663461, posted on March 17, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Di Natale blames Ms Doolittle for defeat:)
    Great work!!!

    That knob drove past my booth today… minions were thrilled… and he gave the royal wave. … I need a spew bag

    Seriously?
    You spewed in a bag?
    And there were Greens campaign workers right beside you?
    Un-fkn-believable.

  183. Bruce of Newcastle

    THE Greens have conceded a loss in the Batman by-election, with party leader Richard Di Natale blaming preferences from far-right conservatives for the loss.

    If you want to torment a Green, tell them if Batman had NSW’s electoral system they might’ve won.

    The AC and ALA vote would’ve exhausted – no AC or ALA voter is going to preference the Greens or the ALP.
    The Animalia Party would then preference the Greens and push them past the Laborite.

    I don’t know if it’d be true, but the head explosion of your victim would be entertaining.

  184. stackja

    Avatar for Tristan
    Tristan just now
    Jay Weatherill has arrived at Labor HQ.

  185. egg_

    Pyne announces that there will never be a nuclear power industry in Australia.

    Turd.

  186. Delta A

    Gracious concession speech by Weatherdill.

    Now tick off!

  187. Leigh Lowe

    Labor Treasurer Koutsantonis:

    “What we were fighting were boundary, lines drawn on a map that made it very difficult for us to win.”

    Raising the value of a Liberal vote to 98% of a Labor vote (up from 95%) really fucked us over.

  188. H B Bear

    Jay Weatherdildo’s concession speech, “Oh well, at least I haven’t turned Mainland Tasmania lesbian. That’s a plus.”

  189. stackja

    Tristan 2 minutes ago
    Labor has conceded.

    ToryShepherd

    @ToryShepherd
    [email protected] looking chuffed, the happiest conceder ever #savotes2018

    10:19 PM – Mar 17, 2018

  190. Leigh Lowe

    Tuesday… Weatherdill announced as chairman of Tesla Australia.

  191. None

    For those who are getting pictures before us has Weatherill resigned yet, the turd?

  192. stackja

    Tristan just now
    The Liberal Party has taken 24 seats, enough to govern in their own right.

  193. Delta A

    He’s cheerfully conceding right now, None.

  194. MsDolittle

    She’s lost the seat six times and blames preferences.

    Flogging a dead dugong.

  195. stackja

    Stacey Lee

    @Staceylee_
    BREAKING: @JayWeatherill concedes victory in #SouthAustralia. Says he’s spoken to @marshall_steven to wish him all the best. @SkyNewsAust #savotes

    10:23 PM – Mar 17, 2018

  196. None

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Marshsll stood up said thank you on Monday when we get sworn in we will present legislation to repeal payroll tax, stamp duty, RET, solar and wind subsidies. I dream. In the meantime Weatherill is congratulating himself for trashing the SA economy. How delusional is that man.

  197. Neenee

    Sorry to interrupt the SA celebration party here, but there is also the Legislative Council.

    Unfortunately it looks like SA-Best will control the balance-of-power there, with currently Liberal 31.5%, Labor 29.8% and SA-Best 19%. AC a lowly 3.5%. 26% counted.

  198. Aussieute

    Xenophon ‘can have Senate spot back’

    Rex Patrick, who replaced Nick Xenophon in the Senate, has told Channel 9 “if he (Mr Xenophon) wants his (Senate) seat back, he can have it”.

    This would have to be the lowest of low acts and these political scumbags wonder why we hate them.
    Deals like this need to be banned and if Xenophon agrees he’s so far down the sewer than it could be dug.

  199. Nic

    Flogging a dead dugong.

    Stop it, you’re making me laugh hahahaha

  200. Ooh Honey Honey

    I handed out HTVs in Batman today for the Australian Liberty Alliance. Had a great time. It was all very friendly. I spent the afternoon debating free will v determinism with the Rise Up Australia guy next to me who tried to preach the Good News about Jesus, and then debating the concept of love with the ACP guy. We looked after each other, handed out each other’s cards when we had to leave our post. Alex, Ged and Bill Shorten were at our booth most of the afternoon. Only one little shouting match when a swarthy type called us all racists and one of our members (two foot shorter than him and female) went face to face with him, but apart from that it was fun.

  201. Neenee

    Xenophon ‘can have Senate spot back’

    Actually it is up to the State Government to decide who a replacement Senator will be.

  202. None

    Weatherill talks as if voters are there to support parties. F***wit.

  203. duncanm

    the libs better go in early and hard.. Musk should be the first to be shown the door.

  204. None

    Xenophon ruled out live pushing someone aside to return to parliament.

  205. Andreas

    If history is a guide SA-Best will eventually disintegrate in the upper house. Unlikely they’ll remain loyal for 8 long years.

  206. Bruce of Newcastle

    SkyNewsAust
    #BREAKING: Sky News projects @LiberalSAHQ has won the South Australian election and will go on to form a majority government.

    Different story in the Legislative Council. Now up to 30% counted:

    The Greens 5.6%
    Nick Xenophon’s SA-BEST 19%
    Liberal Party 31.8%
    Australian Labor Party 29.5%
    Australian Conservatives (SA) 3.6%

    They’re the top five. The Libs will be well outnumbered.

  207. Tom

    Gracious concession speech by Weatherdill.

    Good grief, Delta. Weatherdill says the state is better than when the Liars started on it 16 years ago (with the help of the gerrymander). He’s destroyed the electricity grid and the state economy. The denialism is staggering.

    A poisoned chalice for the third-rate rabble of Lieborals.

    Please keep us up to date on the mess, Delta.

  208. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, Neenee beat me to it.

  209. Gab

    Damn. Xylophone still lives.

  210. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I helped! I am so chuffed. And that stupid party shouldn’t have under “mined” Adini. Morons. Today’s effort has been surprisingly worthwhile.

    Congratulations, Ms D. Champagne for you.
    I will be in there for the Aust Cons when the time comes, in NSW or Federally.
    Turnbull still has to be shown that many conservative voters want coal back, pronto.
    STOP. WASTING. OUR. TAXES. ON. USELESS. GREENERY

  211. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Actually it is up to the State Government to decide who a replacement Senator will be.

    IIRC, they usually just rubberstamp the party’s selection. If anyone knows of a case where the State Parliament hasen’t ratified a party choice, I would be obliged to hear of it.

  212. None

    Weatherill will probably ho wofk fir Musk. Wearherill has two girls. Sends them to private schools. Anal sex ed is only for your kids. Good fucking riddance, punk.

  213. Delta A

    Tom, I wrote that early in his speech, before he listed his dedication towards ruining this state.

    It was the first and only nice-ish thing I’ve ever said about the snake.

  214. Robber Baron

    Ged Kearney…hard core totalitarian. I promise to annoy the shit out of you and your electorate staff.

  215. Neenee

    Yes I know Neenee.

    What on earth are you on about? Or on?

  216. Andreas

    Damn. Xylophone still lives.

    Well he at least doesn’t have a seat, so he can decide whether to scuttle back to Canberra in a year or so or wait the four long years till the next SA election.

  217. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I handed out HTVs in Batman today for the Australian Liberty Alliance. Had a great time. It was all very friendly. I spent the afternoon debating free will v determinism with the Rise Up Australia guy next to me who tried to preach the Good News about Jesus, and then debating the concept of love with the ACP guy.

    Did you put up an umbrella? 🙂

    Why not join all conservative groups under the Australian Conservatives banner? Give conservatism a wider voice and some cultural force as a ‘movement’. Forget about small differences; go for the overall commitment to change direction.

  218. Entropy

    IIRC, they usually just rubberstamp the party’s selection. If anyone knows of a case where the State Parliament hasen’t ratified a party choice, I would be obliged to hear of it.

    In 1975 Joh installed Alfred Field into the senate when an ALP senator died, instead of the ALP’s preferred candidate, Mal Colston.

  219. Tom

    The union trollop who just got passed the parcel in Batperson turned up to claim victory in a denim jacket. What a tramp!

    Peanut Head with his fake smile looks like he’d rather be somewhere else but is hanging around in hope of picking up a root from among the starstruck Young Liars groupies.

  220. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I had a stroke of luck at St Raphael’s – AC candidate Kevin Bailey, ex SAS, etc – told all the nona’s he is a father of 7 and therefore has skin in the future game and an AO. AOs don’t just grow on trees! And it was confirmation day at this little catholic school.

    Winning at the grass roots level. Excellent. Good candidates do matter.

  221. MsDolittle

    Marshall – still on the tit. What about affordable, reliable power.

  222. Ooh Honey Honey

    Why not join all conservative groups under the Australian Conservatives banner?

    Well that was the first question I asked when I met the ALA people but it turns out that Cory and Pauline are absolutely not interested.

  223. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    In 1975 Joh installed Alfred Field into the senate when an ALP senator died, instead of the ALP’s preferred candidate, Mal Colston.

    My compliments, and thank you, Entropy – I had forgotten the most notorious example.

  224. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    They’re trying to associate Labor with the “far right”. It suits their insular, paranoid mindset to believe that the other 90% of the community are fascists.
    I heard it cleverly pointed out recently that those inner city folk who see themselves as “cosmopolitan” are the most tribal in-group of all.

    Just call them the communists that they are. Let them work it out.

  225. H B Bear

    Ged Kearney…hard core totalitarian. I promise to annoy the shit out of you and your electorate staff.

    Everyone needs a hobby.

  226. Rae

    Looks like Leon Bignell has defied the odds, and will retain the seat of Mawson for Labor with a swing of almost 6%.

  227. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    it turns out that Cory and Pauline are absolutely not interested.

    Well, they should be. Their friends should start talking them round.
    It is not an impossible alliance.

  228. Entropy

    Zulu, I made a mistake. It was Albert Field.

  229. In 1975 Joh installed Alfred Field into the senate when an ALP senator died, instead of the ALP’s preferred candidate, Mal Colston.

    Which is why we changed the Constitution. Senators are appointed by the State Governor, but only on the recommendation of the State Parliament. In turn, the Parliament MUST recommend a person from the same party as the one causing the vacancy.

  230. Oh come on

    We’re going to see a Dennis Napthine rerun in SA. That’s a best case scenario.

  231. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu, I made a mistake. It was Albert Field.

    No need for any correction – your posting jogged my memory. If anyone can remember the name of the critic who compared Albert Field’s time in the Senate, to that of a cow being artificially inseminated – “He was aware of the fact that something weird and wonderful was going on, but he wasn’t too sure what it was..” again, I would be obliged.

  232. Oh come on

    Joh ticked the boxes. Field was no at least nominally Labor.

  233. None

    Bernardi has merged as many conservatives as he can
    He’s only interested in those with existing structures. Just about every minor party in SA -all loony left- preferenced AC last. Malinauskas tipped as new opposition leader. This is a Don Farrell prodigy. I am open to this guy because he spouts climate change but is pro nuclear. Xenophon has lost one senator as well. Excellent.

  234. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Joh ticked the boxes. Field was no at least nominally Labor.

    Field described himself as “an old fashioned Labor man, with old fashioned Labor values.” He hated Gough Whitlam, with a passion.

  235. Field described himself as “an old fashioned Labor man, with old fashioned Labor values.” He hated Gough Whitlam, with a passion.

    He also reckoned his wife’s scones were better than those of Lady Flo.

  236. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    He also reckoned his wife’s scones were better than those of Lady Flo.

    Memory Vault, you know as well as I do that Queensland politics is a game judged by different standards….Glad to see you back on the blog, BTW.

  237. Andreas

    Antony Green predicting AusCons will lose their seat in the SA upper house:

    “It looks like four Labor, four Liberals, two from the SA Best team and one Green.

    “That would be two SA Best gains at the expense of Dignity.

    “That is a bit less than 50 per cent of the vote counted.”

    “The Conservative quota [in the Legislative Council] is less than Labor’s fourth.

    “I don’t think the Conservatives are going to get any preferences under the new electoral system.”

    Problem with the new system is minor parties have to work twice as hard – they have to have people even know about them to bother giving them preferences.

  238. None

    Nick Xenophon : “from clown prince to clown dunce” says channel 7’s Mike Smithson.
    Don Farrell : ” SA is a natural Labor state” predicting a one term Lib government.

  239. Kirralee Smith left ALA and joined ACP.

    My recollection is that the rest of ALA decided to go it alone.

    Not that ACP turned their noses up.

  240. Rayvic

    The Batmanites have spoken.

    They would rather be ‘nursed’ than given a ‘watermelon’.

  241. Oh come on

    Don’t get me wrong. Joh was underhanded as fuck. Field was a patsy. But Joh did check all the boxes. He tapped a Labor man to fill the vacancy.

  242. pbw

    Entropy,
    IIRC, Joh damanded that the ALP provide three candidates for him to select from, knowing the blood-letting that would have been indulged in to get the house in order. It was quintessential Joh.

  243. Oh come on

    The Whitlam dismissal was shabby. Shouldn’t have happened. We can say that with the benefit of hindsight – when we know how mediocre the Liberal replacement turned out to be.

  244. Memory Vault, you know as well as I do that Queensland politics is a game judged by different standards….

    Only in QLD could a scone recipe be on an equal footing with getting Supply passed by the Senate.
    God I love the place.

    I’ve been in a state of quiet contemplation, Zulu.
    I’ve got until the end of April to decide between open heart surgery, or not.

  245. Rayvic

    It was all smiles for Jay W in conceding defeat.

    He was probably looking forward mischievously to how the new premier would cope with the coming blackouts.

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