The best two sentences you’ll read all week

The big losers were Nick Xenophon and his SA-BEST candidates who look unlikely to win a single lower-house seat.

Mr Xenophon was beaten in Hartley by sitting Liberal Vincent Tarzia who was given a hero’s welcome when he arrived at the function.

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39 Responses to The best two sentences you’ll read all week

  1. Entropy

    The only thing worse than the uniparty are venal self promoters pretending they are looking out for the little guy but are really only working a scam to get on the gravy train.

  2. egg_

    Doesn’t the slumLord get to control the Upper House, now?

  3. Up The Workers!

    That dissonant Xylophone was like Juliar Gillard’s melodic voice.

    It only ever played music for Leftard ears and struck everybody else like the dulcet tones of fingernails scraping down a blackboard.

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Doesn’t the slumLord get to control the Upper House, now?

    That’s my understanding – two seats in the Upper House.

  5. Tintarella di Luna

    Nick Xenophon is the personification of the old adage: Pride goes before a fall. For all the 24%, likely Premier BS, what a well-deserved comeuppance.

  6. Infidel Tiger

    Nick will have to get a real job.

    Pity for him that dwarf throwing is banned in Australia.

  7. Stimpson J. Cat

    F$ck off you slimy obsequious little grease monkey.
    Good riddance.

  8. Entropy

    I expect those two upper house BEST swamp dwellers will function like a Lambie, a full on circus no one cares about except Adelaide people. The only annoyance is that the rest of the country has to pay for it.

  9. Marcus

    This makes for interesting reading:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/sa-election-2018/results/list/?selector=changing&sort=az

    Basically, the Libs only won a single seat off Labor that was still on the Labor side of the pendulum … barely.

    I’m pleased with the overall result, and especially with Nick Xenophon’s spectacular failure, but it still amazes me that the Libs didn’t wind up with at least 30+ seats.

  10. Marcus

    That’s my understanding – two seats in the Upper House.

    Anyone know when the Council will be declared?

  11. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2663806, posted on March 18, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Nick will have to get a real job

    SS Xenophon has sunk without trace.
    All that is left on the surface is an oil-slick.

  12. max

    Nick Xenophon:
he is statist, believer in big government.

    His philosophy is:
    “cradle-to-grave”

    the Welfare State was a concept of “cradle-to-grave” government intervention to guarantee citizens a minimum level of health care, education, housing, and retirement benefits.

    government can always help small number of citizens by ripping off majority.

    who ever say government can help all of us he is liar.

  13. Nerblnob

    Jay Weatherill said this was a referendum on energy policy,” the PM said on Sunday in Sydney. “The people have spoken and spoken in favour of our policies which is to support affordable and reliable energy to ensure that we can meet our Paris commitment, and at the same time ensure that we can keep the lights on and indeed afford to keep the lights on.

    You creep Malcolm. Nobody voted for Paris.

    FFS – then you get to the comments:

    Big assumption there Mal. We south Aussie’s may have voted against a 75% renewables target but DONT think that by any way says we agree with your STUPID Paris target!

    x100

  14. Robbo

    Xenophon was a blight on politics because he actually stood for nothing except whatever his current thought bubble was. Last night in his dribbling to his so-called faithfull he displayed his real self by plagiarising Winston Churchill, and of course failing to acknowledge the great man, in saying “this is not the beginning of the end, it is the end of the beginning”. In the context of his failure I fail to understand what he was talking about but it does show that there is nothing by way of original thought and/or honesty under that slick oily haircut of his. Good riddance.

  15. Helen

    Big assumption there Mal. We south Aussie’s may have voted against a 75% renewables target but DONT think that by any way says we agree with your STUPID Paris target!

    Eggzactly. x one bazilliontrillion

  16. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Nick will have to get a real job.

    Dunno. Is there any way he can be parachuted back into the Senate?

  17. Tator

    Marcus,
    that is because of the redistribution of seats as the last two elections, the Liberals had 52% and 53% of the TPP and still lost because of ECSA determinations that two so called independent seats were conservative whilst the MPs for those seats actually held ministerships for the ALP. Cost the ALP $50k of their own money to fight in court and lost so had to pay the Liberals costs as well Bwaaahahahahahahahaha

  18. Up The Workers!

    To Infidel Tiger at 11.24am, don’t despair, all is not lost for South Australia’s newly unemployed dwarf Xylophonist despite the banning of dwarf-tossing in civilised company – or even in South Australia.

    He is such an accomplished tosser already, he wouldn’t need any assistance.

    I’ll wager he can comfortably toss himself – with either hand!

  19. H B Bear

    A twenty year career as a Green-Left populist carpetbagger at State and Federal level isn’t a bad run.

    Australian democracy ain’t in great shape.

  20. Roger.

    “The people have spoken and spoken in favour of our policies which is to support affordable and reliable energy to ensure that we can meet our Paris commitment, and at the same time ensure that we can keep the lights on and indeed afford to keep the lights on.”

    You creep Malcolm. Nobody voted for Paris.

    He’s referring to his National Energy Guarantee, which SA will now sign on to.

    In 2017 45% of Australians believe our Paris Accord target should be ditched if it will result in lower electricity prices.

    40% support the Paris Accord while 15% remain neutral.

    With power prices surging upwards, expect those figures to change significantly in 2018 as voters decide their hip pocket means rather more to them than virtue signalling.

    As usual, Maladroit has backed a losing cause and shows zero political aptitude – there is nothing to be gained from spruiking the Paris Accord; the more he mentions it the more voters will downgrade him.

    Meanwhile, Newspoll 30 approaches.

  21. Marcus, it seems that the liberal leader (is it someone unknown like Marshall?) is a labor lite worse than the previous Premier in NSW (can not remember his name) who pushed for banning dog racing and had no interest in lifting the ban on coal seam gas, allowed wind mills to be built without proper environmental assessment etc. SA will not prosper until they can get some like Playford who brought prosperity to SA and Australia. SA needs to expand mining. They need to put in place a use for the uranium mined at Roxby Downs (a nuclear power station and a reactor like at Lucas heights to make and export medical radioactive materials). Maybe they should look at reprocessing nuclear waste. There are plenty of places where no one lives and the country is unused. They could use some aborginal lands. They need to get back to space race.

  22. Dr Fred Lenin

    I am surprised liebor got beaten the gerrymander wasn’t enough it seems . Who are this “liberal” party who won ? I didn’t know they had one in SA,they kept pretty quiet during the pre election period probably turnbullites and couldn’t find anything to criticise in the union mafia branch of their National Gangrene Lieboral party ruining ,sorry running the state . Hey libs ! Build a new power station quickly, halve power prices and you will be in government for ever .

  23. Marcus

    Speaking of election news, in the Cottesloe by-election the Liberals’ candidate, an old, white male who beat out a female lawyer for preselection, not only won the seat comfortably but held it with a nearly four percent swing on primary (and seven percent on 2PP) on the result Colin Barnett got a year ago.

    An outstanding result, and no doubt a confounding one to the local media who talked about nothing other than David Honey’s preselection being a missed opportunity to make the Liberals more diverse.

  24. Marcus

    Marcus, it seems that the liberal leader (is it someone unknown like Marshall?) is a labor lite worse than the previous Premier in NSW (can not remember his name) who pushed for banning dog racing and had no interest in lifting the ban on coal seam gas, allowed wind mills to be built without proper environmental assessment etc.

    I’ve heard that about him for years and no doubt there’s something to it, but in all fairness he came across pretty well on Bolt this week and even if he turns out to be a complete do-nothing dud, he’ll still be a million times better than the last crew who literally couldn’t keep the lights on.

  25. Gengis

    Marcus,
    I am amazed and very disappointed about the Liberal vote on two things. Liberal voters who voted for SA Best are returning to the Liberals on preferences but it is a near run thing. SA Best proxies 60:40 to Liberals.
    That the Liberal party did not have an overwhelming win.
    And can someone please gag that twit Christopher Pyne, he does more to lose votes than gain them.

  26. manalive

    The people have spoken and spoken in favour of our policies which is to support affordable and reliable energy to ensure that we can meet our Paris commitment, and at the same time ensure that we can keep the lights on and indeed afford to keep the lights on …

    Mutually exclusive policies and a bare-faced lie electricity is already unaffordable, meeting the 2030 emissions target will inevitable increase the cost much more.
    Turnbull’s sham N E G, the reliability guarantee requiring storage for ‘renewables’, will inevitably increase costs to generators which will be passed on to consumers.

  27. H B Bear

    The WA Lieborals could have pre-selected Caligula’s horse and still polled better than Emperor Barney in Cottesloe. Barney had even managed to piss off the doddering blue rinse Western Suburb widows by the time he took the Lieborals over the cliff.

  28. Bob of Brisbane.

    Although they’ve won the election, the Liberals’ vote percentage actually fell. They should hang their heads in shame. Labor’s destructive renewable energy policies should have ensured they were routed by the Liberals, but the energy policies of the Liberals were almost as irrational. The energy policies of the LNP in Queensland are also close to Labor’s, part of the reason the LNP lost the last State election. They had nothing different to offer.

  29. Chris M

    but it still amazes me that the Libs didn’t wind up with at least 30+ seats.

    In SA there is very little difference between Lib and Lab. It doesn’t really matter who of these two got it as they have little ideological difference and both are beholden to outside interest groups. In no way are the Liberals conservative. Same all powerful public servants in place, same mountains of crushing state fees, laws and regulations = things will be much the same.

  30. Chris M

    On Marshall:

    even if he turns out to be a complete do-nothing dud

    His own father didn’t trust him to run the family business. He seems quite clueless with no convictions or serious plan to correct things.

  31. None

    Unfortunately idiot
    Nick will probably get two senators in the legislative Council. And South Australia can I look forward to an Adelaide Melbourne bicycle track. Yes folks and that was one of the Liberals insane election promises. Don’t think the Liberals going to improve things in South Australia; they are just as bad as Labor ever was. Snouts in trough.

  32. Jay Weatherill said this was a referendum on energy policy,” the PM said on Sunday in Sydney. “The people have spoken and spoken in favour of our policies which is to support affordable and reliable energy to ensure that we can meet our Paris commitment, and at the same time ensure that we can keep the lights on and indeed afford to keep the lights on.

    Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the silliest of them all? Should be easy – only two contestants. And then come SA voters and Australian voters.

  33. destroyer D69

    S.A. Premier -elect on ABC news this morning… His comments indicate to me that….S.A will be controlled by…. Blue instead of Red Fruit Loops… the same Pixie Dust and Glitter will continue to be dispensed in an at least equal to, or greater amount and.. that the government will continue to worship at the altar of climate change with regular sips of the Gain Kool Aid.

  34. Wozzup

    I am not sure if SA results are more widely translate be to other jurisdictions. My sense of it is that here in SA the voters desperatelywant change but don’t want it at the expense of having groups of show pony independents, single issue parties and other wanna be great minor parties preventing the needed changes from occurring. They wanted a government that can actually govern. They also saw how in 2014 independents (and turncoats) could thwart the best intentions and wishes of voters. So they stuck with voting for the Liberals which had finally put their divisions behind them and also shown somevision,and at least a little moxie and fight. The latter was in my view the major reason why they failed to attract a larger vote in the previous (2014) election. People wanted change but we’re still not convinced that the Liberals had what it takes to lead the state. But now at last they seemed to be sufficiently convinced to give them a go. Its up to the Liberals now to prove them right to have done so. And if they do not they will be out next time as SA now has far more rusted on Labor voters and people who vote for a living rather than work for one than most other states and these will no doubt revert to voting form.
    There is another factor in SA. Throughout the campaign Weatherill looked tired and devoid of ideas. His relief at losing the election (an odd reaction which he was open in expressing the following day ) suggests this assessment is accurate. But Labor is as dangerous as a cornered rat and I fear that unless a Marshall Government performs like like a prize fighter starting thisvery moment, today, the relief offered SA by their success on Saturday will be brief and fruitless. SA needs cultural change to support economic change (it having been complacent and unsupportive of progress for as long as I remember). This takes time and there are many hard decisions to be made.

  35. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I am not sure if SA results are more widely translate be to other jurisdictions. My sense of it is that here in SA the voters desperatelywant change but don’t want it at the expense of having groups of show pony independents, single issue parties and other wanna be great minor parties preventing the needed changes from occurring.

    So, why did they elect minor parties to the Upper House?

  36. Wozzup

    “So, why did they elect minor parties to the Upper House?”

    It’s a quirk of SA politics. Not since the mid 1970’s has the governing party also had control of the Upper House. I think it’s related to what I alluded to – SA has long had a strong distrust of and aversion to change. South Australians say they want progress. But “not in my neighbourhood” and only if nothing actually changes. Having a Legislative Council with non government members gives them leverage to stop too much change. That’s why they voted for them in that House. Its part of the reason I said culture change is needed within SA. Without it we are stuffed in the long run as voters will keep returning to Labor like the proverbial dog returning to its vomit (the quote being “as a dog returns to its vomit so a fool repeats his folly………”) Sadly that about sums it up.

  37. JohnA

    Wozzup #2664631, posted on March 19, 2018, at 11:01 am

    I am not sure if SA results are more widely translate be to other jurisdictions.

    Except for the fact that dud policies will be implemented contrary to the wishes of the populace if stupid politicians on both sides present the same policies.

    That will translate into EVERY other jurisdiction.

  38. Peter

    “Wozzup #2664631, posted on March 19, 2018, at 11:01 am

    I am not sure if SA results are more widely translate be to other jurisdictions.

    Except for the fact that dud policies will be implemented contrary to the wishes of the populace if stupid politicians on both sides present the same policies.

    That will translate into EVERY other jurisdiction.”

    Yes, true. I sincerely hope, trust, and pray that the Libs will tackle Labor’s sacred cows and at least get rid of some of the egregious bullshit that makes its way into policy. But the Libs in SA are essentially dominated by the Left/wet side. So I am not yet sure how effectively this will be implemented as there are convergences with Labor policy and some areas where they will be too scared to tackle head on. (This is also where softening up the electorate / culture change is needed – some policies are too difficult to get rid of up front because although they are destructive, pernicious and just plain wrong, the brain washed electorate is wed to them after over a decade and half of Labor and do not understand the need for change.)
    There a couple of rays of hope it seems to me. First Steven Marshall (and a few others like David Pisoni) have a background in running businesses. If they do not have some clue about what businesses need (and promoting private sector investment is crucial to fixing the state) then no one will. Second, I was gratified when I visited the after-party on election day, to see people with a wide mix of cultural backgrounds – Asian, Indian, African there, in support of what is (or is supposed to be – but lets wait and see) a centre right party. And I might add there was a huge number of young people there. Generational change is needed both in the party and the state. Hopefully it is beginning. Third, Marshall is making some reasonable noises about policy in areas like energy (though I would like to see them go further). But at least he is talking about banging some of Labor’s boondoggles on the head like the RET. The real issue is what it is replaced with and how much focus is placed on what people want (and what business needs) – energy costs not over inflated by insane virtue signalling to Greens and reliable energy.

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