This is a solid blow to the AGW fraudsters, the carbon-taxers, and the Red-Green-Green axis in Australia:
Watts Up With That? Eco-rout down under: ‘A mini-van will have more seats than the Labour party in the new parliament.’
Australians come to their senses – March 24th will be remembered as the day they collectively said “we’re tired of this sh**”
Commenter “truthseeker” writes in comments:
You may want to refer to Jo Nova’s latest post about the results of a state election down under.
Now for all of you nice people from the USA who may not think state elections are that big a deal if you do not live in that state, please remember that we only have 6 states and 2 territories, not 50 like you guys. We just had an election in Queensland, one of our most economically important states, especially for mineral wealth representing about a quarter of the population. Before the election the Labour (think Democrat) held a small majority in the 89 seat Lower House (House of Representatives).
With over 70% of the vote counted, the results are;
Liberal / National Party coalition (think Republicans – sort of) – 78 seats
Labour (think Democrat) – 7 seats
KAP (new party – think TEA party with less logic and more strangeness) – 2 seats
Independents – 2 seats.
A mini-van will have more seats than the previously incumbent Labour party in the new parliament.
I have one word for this … OUCH!
Jo Nova writes:
Those devastating Queensland Election Results: Voters hate lies and the Carbon Tax
UPDATE: Is this a record? Has there ever been a loss this bad in Australian history? Conservatives likely to win 74 seats of an 89 seat parliament.
Labor was reduced to only 11 seats in 1974, and on latest counting tonight appeared set to retain only nine seats. Some analysts put the figure even lower, at seven. This would mean Labor falling short of official party status and relying on the incoming LNP government to grant it party offices, staff and resources. The Queensland Greens failed to win a seat and suffered a fall in support. [The Australian]
This is thread for all those who want to comment on this election. According to Bolt, things are not just bad, they’re seriously awful for the Labor Party. Newspoll says LNP (conservatives) 55%, Labor 26%. Channel Nines polls says Labor could be left with less than 10 seats!
The ABC’s election predictor at 8:26 has LNP on 67 seats, Labor on four, others five, doubtful 15. Absolutely catastrophic for Labor. The current leader of the Labor Party in Queensland is Anna Bligh facing a 13% swing against her, and will need preferences just to stay in Parliament.
For non-Australians, Australia has seven states (technically 5 states and 2 territories), and in 2007 all the States and the Federal Government were Labor. Currently Liberal (meaning conservative) governments have won NSW, WA, and Vic and now look like taking a landslide in Queensland. These are the four largest states.
The choice of words is unfortunate, but the analysis of Labor’s Queensland apocalypse seems right:
Former Hawke and Keating minister Graham Richardson said Queensland voters’ feelings towards the Prime Minister verged on “hatred” …
“I think people just wanted to get rid of Anna Bligh but I think they want to get rid of Julia Gillard as violently as possible,” Mr Richardson said.
The NLP achieved a massive 15.7 per cent swing to capture at least 76 seats… It is the largest recorded swing in Australian political history, eclipsing the 14.9 per cent surge against Victoria’s Labor government after the party’s 1955 split.
ABC’s Insiders yesterday:
LAURA Tingle: I don’t think anyone can claim that this was about the carbon tax or any federal issues.
Courier-Mail online, Saturday:
SKY News exit polls show voters were most concerned about the cost of living (69 per cent), followed by delivery of state services (63 per cent), and carbon tax (44 per cent)
Nothing left to say:
Julia Gillard flew to a summit in South Korea yesterday without commenting publicly on the destruction of Anna Bligh’s government…
Watching and waiting:
Kevin Rudd … had planned to mount his leadership challenge after the state election. One of his old backers expressed frustration that Mr Rudd had not waited. The MP said the Queensland result would not reignite any meaningful leadership talk now but its enormity kept Mr Rudd’s prospects alive.
It was noted that of the five seats of which all or part fell within the boundaries of Mr Rudd’s seat of Griffith, the average swing was 9.7 per cent, whereas the statewide average against Labor was 16 per cent.
Labor’s Queensland election debacle means that the party may be forced, no matter how reluctantly, to turn once more to the former prime minister and foreign minister. This is the view of some of Rudd’s key backers, and it is correct. Tony Abbott could win the next federal election in Queensland alone.
Michelle Grattan can’t bring herself quite to mention the carbon tax as a colossal error and deceit, which actually is the basis of this analysis:
JULIA Gillard issued an extraordinary statement on Saturday night after Queensland Labor was decimated. She congratulated Campbell Newman, praised Anna Bligh and promised to deliver for Queenslanders. But she made no mention of the rout that flattened Labor and raised the spectre of Queenslanders — who don’t believe in half measures — wielding the axe federally next year.
Some Gillard government advisers want to think that because this election was fought overwhelmingly on state issues and involved the “it’s time” factor, the result does not have federal implications. This is delusional…
Queensland also highlights how important “trust” is for voters… Gillard is not likely to find it much easier to get back trust than Bligh did — trust is probably non-renewable capital for the PM.
Queensland is the warning. Politicians who cyncially break election promises get punished. Gillard cynically broke a promise not to introduce a carbon tax. Voters had being lied to about this tax, which many also fear. Gillard will be punished. All the rest is excuse-making, wishful thinking and we-know-best arrogance. Labor must drop a tax for which there is no mandate and from which there is no benefit – to the planet, the economy or Labor itself.
But a discreet silence from normally prolific tweeter Kevin Rudd.