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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Rogue on Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:52 am


Australia has long had a duopoly dominating politics here, with a stable 10% going Green, and often being called a protest vote. The duopoly of majors brings more and more arrogance and entitlement of their position, and a short sighted goal of being in power above what is good for the country.  Each election has seen a few more cracks in this ceiling.

This election has seen Labor, who were crushed last election, come back with their lowest primary vote ever, and yet almost win. The Liberal party came into power and really have f**ked so much up and even if they win, they have already lost. Now people are voting against both the major parties. This time more than ever people have started to turn their backs on the duopoly and more have voted minor parties, diverse voices and independants.

The glass ceiling is falling in. Its a great change imo but its going to be a real rough ride. Hopefully it won't be so rough that people will want to run back to the majors and hide their heads in lala land.
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Kaere on Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:30 am

Oh I see now, thanks for that Smile I was reading from a woman's perspective instead of minority.
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Solace on Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:41 pm

Interesting Rogue.. (i wish they showed coverage of your election here, but it has been all American and Brexit stuff)

(hehe Tim, "Pinky and the Brain"...I had forgotten about them and Pinky's "Narf"! Smile )

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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Rockhopper on Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:46 am

I am reminded of the immortal words of Mohammad; "When times vex us the ignorant become our leaders"

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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Lenzabi on Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:26 am

@Rogue wrote:
Australia has long had a duopoly dominating politics here, with a stable 10% going Green, and often being called a protest vote. The duopoly of majors brings more and more arrogance and entitlement of their position, and a short sighted goal of being in power above what is good for the country.  Each election has seen a few more cracks in this ceiling.

This election has seen Labor, who were crushed last election, come back with their lowest primary vote ever, and yet almost win. The Liberal party came into power and really have f**ked so much up and even if they win, they have already lost. Now people are voting against both the major parties. This time more than ever people have started to turn their backs on the duopoly and more have voted minor parties, diverse voices and independants.

The glass ceiling is falling in. Its a great change imo but its going to be a real rough ride. Hopefully it won't be so rough that people will want to run back to the majors and hide their heads in lala land.


I am hoping on the idea of the 3rd parties getting to garner more votes showing the duopoly here that they are so out of touch with the good fo the nation that the people no longer want them.

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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Rogue on Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:01 am


Just an update for anyone interested. Still no result here, and we're being told that we're unlikely to have a result until next week. Still no guarantee either party will have a workable majority.
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Kaere on Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:12 am

That's a long time to be counting the ballots! Does there need to be a clear majority, our parties have to try to make a minority work. Well... it's either make it work or risk political suicide by calling another election lol
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Rogue on Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:04 am


The magic number is 76 seats to form government, less than that they will need to find crossbencers to join them. Liberal has won 73, Labour 66, others have 5. 6 are too close to call and Labour is leading in 5 of those. There will then need to be some recounts of the close seats.

The Senate isn't close to a result either.
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Kaere on Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:47 am

Frustrating.
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Solace on Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:43 am

Thanks for the update. Smile
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Rogue on Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:38 pm


They are saying on the news this morning that after over two months campaigning and over 10 million votes having been counted, the two major parties have a difference of only 500 votes Shocked
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Post by Kaere on Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:41 pm

Holy moly! That's... amazing. Aus is truly divided. Is it an equal division across your states or do certain states favour certain parties? (like Scotland voting to stay in the EU and England voting to leave...)
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Post by Rogue on Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:51 pm


Yeah the states are all very individual with the majors, and each state has particular minors they go for. The Greens support across the country is probably the most equal of all the parties.
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Rogue on Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:08 pm


Update: 10.5 million votes counted and the diff is now just 71 votes... it gets more and more surprising.
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Post by Kaere on Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:12 pm

71 votes!

...and people think their vote doesn't count.
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Solace on Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:03 pm

Wow....! Shocked (and so true Kaere)
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Rogue on Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:15 am

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Post by Kaere on Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:03 am

That's gotta be some kind of record!
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Rogue on Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:17 am


We finally have a government declared. The Liberal/National coalition has claimed victory and Labor has conceded. Still five seats undecided.
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Re: Australian Federal Election

Post by Rockhopper on Sun Jul 10, 2016 5:11 am

Malc is king again!

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