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12.10am. ABC computer had Swan as Liberal gain earlier tonight, but it’s tightened.

11.54pm. Forgot about Paterson: turned out a narrow Liberal win.

11.46pm. Macarthur’s 58-year reign as a bellwether is now over. It is now officially Eden-Monaro.

11.37pm. 5.2 per cent in Victoria could have yielded Labor nothing, so they should be pleased with Deakin and Corangamite.

11.36pm. ACT: with no Senate boilover, a boring result.

11.36pm. Swing to Liberal in Franklin a measure of Harry Quick’s popularity. I figured the Libs were in trouble when Nick Minchin started tooking it up.

11.35pm. Bass closer than expected, but Labor. Contrary to expectations, Braddon was an easier win for Labor.

11.34pm. Okay, live blogging of ABC call of the board.

11.29pm. I exaggerated about the Coalition blocking majority. The clear loss of SA and Tasmanian Senate seats will leave them one short. But if they take the final seat from the Greens in Victoria, they’ll be able to do it if they can woo Steve Fielding or Nick Xenophon, and will have an absolute majority in both. A long-winded way of saying the Greens most likely will not have the balance of power.

11.28pm. Not much doubt about 3 LIB, 2 ALP and 1 GRN in Western Australia.

11.27pm. Straightforward Tasmanian Senate result: 3 ALP, 2 LIB, 1 GRN.

11.24pm. Greens firming in SA Senate. Looks like 2 ALP, 2 LIB, 1 XEN and 1 GRN.

11.21pm. Greens falling behind in Victorian Senate. Looking more like Labor 3, Coalition 3. That leaves the Coalition with a blocking majority.

11.18pm. No surprises lurking in the NSW Senate count. A clear 3-3 for the majors, with Kerry Nettle losing her seat.

10.56pm. Straightforward contest between Labor and Greens for last Queensland seat, with Labor ahead. Most likely LNP 3, ALP 3; but possible LNP 3, ALP 2, GRN 1.

10.55pm. Pauline Hanson gets enough votes for public funding.

10.50pm. Libs home in Cowan.

10.47pm. Howard pretty much concedes Bennelong. And here I was buying Nick Minchin’s line about postal votes.

10.40pm. Still early Senate figures from Queensland point to a very tight race for the last seat between Labor and the Greens, with the Coalition clear on three. It is worth dwelling on the significance of the Coalition’s performance in the Senate: they will very likely win more seats than Labor, and will have a blocking majority when combined with Family First. There’s a good chance we’ll get a double dissolution during the coming term, if Labor has reason to feel bold.

10.26pm. Taking a step back, I believe we have a strong Senate result for the Coalition, who will only drop seats in South Australia and Tasmania.

10.23pm. Liberal ACT Senate vote fading a little, but not quite enough to trouble them.

10.21pm. Labor pulling further ahead in Hasluck, not going to win Stirling, probably gone in Swan, not quite dead yet in Cowan.

10.19pm. Lineball in Bowman. The Liberals might lose Mal Brough, and keep Andrew Laming. Great.

10.12pm. Big Liberal win in Swan, actually – over half counted, 0.1 per cent margin, 2.1 per cent swing.

10.12pm. ABC calls Swan for the Liberals.

10.10pm. ABC not yet calling Stirling for Liberal, but they probably should be: with over 50 per cent counted, the Liberals lead by 1.2 per cent. Slow count in Hasluck, but still lineball.

10.01pm. Another big loser from the evening: the tally room. Don’t think we’ll be seeing it again.

9.59pm. Greens Senate position in SA improving. They’re struggling to stay ahead of Labor at the second last exclusion. If they stay there they’ll get up on Labor prefs. Otherwise it will be ALP 3, LIB 2, XEN 1

9.55pm. Labor with a narrow lead in Solomon after half the vote counted.

9.54pm. Big Labor win in Flynn also: 10.7 per cent swing, 3.0 per cent margin.

9.53pm. Double-digit swings: Barker, Blair, Calwell, Dawson, Flynn, Forde, Groom, Holt, Leichhardt, Longman, Macarthur (yet not quite enough) and Petrie. Mal Brough conceding in Longman.

9.49pm. Raw AEC figures from Hasluck have Labor 1.25 per cent ahead from 31.6 per cent, ABC has it lineball from 12.6 per cent.

9.45pm. Labor behind in Swan and likely to lose Cowan, but likely to win Hasluck. Liberals looking good in Stirling.

9.43pm. Not much doubt about 3 ALP, 2 LIB, 1 GRN in Tasmania.

9.41pm. Three seats for Coalition in Victoria, two for Labor, close fight for final seat between Labor and Greens with Greens in front.

9.40pm. Not looking good for Kerry Nettle. Likely NSW Senate result 3 ALP, 3 LNP.

9.38pm. Senate result currently pointing to 2 LIB, 2 ALP and Xenophon, with a very close battle between the Liberals and Greens for the last seat.

9.33pm. Twenty-three Labor gains now from ABC, but the Liberals have probably gained Cowan and are ahead in Swan.

9.32pm. ABC computer now calls Flynn for Labor.

9.30pm. Liberals keeping their noses in front in Sturt.

9.29pm. Stirling count into the teens, Liberal ahead but it’s not over yet. Lineball in Hasluck and Swan. Liberals look likely to gain Cowan.

9.26pm. Scratch that on ACT Senate, I’m now told otherwise. Liberal member Gary Humphries to hold.

9.24pm. Close race for ACT Senate.

9.21pm. Labor ahead in Bowman now.

9.18pm. ABC calls Petrie for Labor, meaning big money for me from PortlandBet.

9.17pm. Smith not sounding at all confident about any of the four Perth marginals.

9.16pm. Not looking good for Labor in Stirling, too early to say in Hasluck. Stirling would have more new development/urban infill than Hasluck.

9.14pm. Quite well ahead, actually.

9.13pm. But Labor now ahead in Petrie.

9.12pm. ABC downgrades Dickson to ALP ahead.

9.10pm. I’m told that early indications for the Senate suggest 3 ALP, 3 LNP in NSW, so Kerry Nettle in trouble, and 3 LIB, 2 ALP, 1 GRN in Victoria.

9.09pm. WA no quicker at counting votes than Queensland. Perhaps it’s the heat.

9.06pm. Big result – ABC calls Forde for Labor. Very little of the vote counted though, as far as teh ABC website is concerned.

9.04pm. Labor probably enough ahead in Bennelong that they’re the favourite. Very tight in Petrie.

9.02pm. CLP 0.8 per cent ahead in Solomon with 15.1 per cent counted.

9.01pm. ABC calls for Dickson for Labor, too early I’d suggest: 0.2 per cent ahead, 14.5 per cent counted.

8.56pm. Very impressive Labor win in Leichhardt.

8.55pm. Very first results coming in from WA.

8.53pm. The ABC is explicitly calling 20 seats for Labor, but might be wrong about Bennelong and perhaps one other. The Coalition can still desperately hope for a scenario where everything else goes right and they can win Solomon, Cowan and Swan.

8.52pm. Labor now back ahead in back-and-forth battle for Flynn.

8.50pm. Narrow early CLP lead in Solomon. Labor out of trouble now in Lingiari.

8.50pm. Early, but looking very close in Forde.

8.46pm. ABC’s calls for Labor in Queensland: Blair, Bonner, Dawson, Leichhardt, Longman, Moreton. No significant figures from Herbert. Kerry O’Brien saying Dickson “in trouble”. Interesting early swing to CLP in Lingiari.

8.42pm. ABC calls Blair and Leichhardt for Labor and gives them back Bennelong.

8.40pm. Nationals have pulled ahead in Flynn.

8.34pm. Line-ball in Sturt, but the Liberals should get up in Boothby.

8.32pm. Labor 1.0 per cent ahead in Blair with 14.3 per cent. Still slow count in Queensland.

8.31pm. Ryan not living up to the hype on early figures.

8.30pm. Still lineball in Robertson.

8.29pm. Labor pulls slightly further ahead in Bennelong, but it will be very tight.

8.28pm. Julia Gillard calls it. ABC computer ticks over to 76 for Labor at that very moment.

8.26pm. Count finally building up in Bonner and Moreton, Labor swings of 7.2 per cent and 4.1 per cent.

8.26pm. Nationals looking good in Hinkler – not a huge surprise.

8.24pm. Big swing to Labor in Capricornia – unnecessary for them, but enforces the picture in Flynn and Dawson. Still nothing credible from Leichhardt.

8.23pm. Many crucial seats in Queensland counting agonisingly slowly.

8.19pm. ABC computer calls Bass for Labor.

8.18pm. Labor also hold narrow early lead in Flynn.

8.18pm. Very big early Labor swing in Longman.

8.14pm. Haven’t mentioned Sturt yet: lineball with a third of the vote counted.

8.13pm. ABC computer calls Wentworth for Turnbull.

8.13pm. Kingston now a Labor gain on ABC.

8.10pm. Early 4.0 per cent swing gives Labor a slight early lead in Moreton.

8.09pm. Very early 10.1 per cent swing to Labor in Leichhardt, 0.2 per cent short of the required swing.

8.07pm. Bob Hawke has called the election for Labor, just as he memorably did in 1993.

8.06pm. Big gain for Labor, according to the ABC: Dawson.

8.05pm. ABC has Macarthur as Liberal retain.

8.03pm. Bonner called for Labor, as expected.

8.02pm. Maddeningly slow count in most important Queensland seats.

8.01pm. Bennelong lead continues to narrow. Now line-ball.

8.01pm. Nick Minchin makes well-made but probably exaggerated point about postal votes in Bennelong.

7.59pm. Big early swing to Labor in Blair.

7.57pm. Finally, intelligence from Queensland. Dawson looking very interesting.

7.57pm. Only a slight early swing to Labor in Kingston, but enough for them to win if they maintain it.

7.56pm. Labor lead narrowing Bennelong.

7.55pm. Line-ball in Robertson. Labor back ahead in Bass.

7.50pm. Very slow count so far in Queensland.

7.49pm. Most of the booth vote counted in Bass, and it won’t be decided tonight.

7.45pm. Dobell down for Labor from ABC.

7.42pm. Not looking good for Labor in Boothby.

7.38pm. Sounds like the entire Poll Bludger readership is at the tally room. ABC computer still says “in doubt” in Bennelong, but surely Howard is gone.

7.40pm. Liberals back ahead in Bass.

7.38pm. Nine seats called for Labor by ABC computer so far.

7.37pm. ABC computer calls Eden-Monaro for Labor.

7.36pm. NEWS FLASH: ABC computer calls Bennelong for Labor.

7.35pm. Labor catching up but still behind in Cowper.

7.33pm. Labor now ahead in Bass.

7.32pm. Liberals doing very well in La Trobe and McMillan – areas which also went against Labor at the state election.

7.30pm. No big surprise here, but ABC computer gives Lindsay and Parramatta to Labor.

7.30pm. Couple of outer Sydney seats Liberals were getting excited about aren’t coming in: Hughes and Greenway, anyhow.

7.29pm. Deakin back to Labor gain.

7.28pm. More figures in from Bennelong and Labor lead still holding.

7.28pm. Early results in Sturt suggest it’s tight. Ditto Boothby, but they’re slightly behind.

7.27pm. Still only 6.3 per cent, Labor looking very good in Bennelong.

7.26pm. Very first figures from Queensland coming in.

7.25pm. Labor ahead in Eden-Monaro, but only just.

7.24pm. ALP computer has demoted Deakin from ALP gain to ALP ahead.

7.24pm. Labor now ahead in Robertson.

7.23pm. Have I said ABC computer calls Page for Labor?

7.22pm. Labor slowly catching up in Bass.

7.20pm. Big Labor swings being wasted in seats they already hold.

7.19pm. Early big swing in Lyne has moderated below 5 per cent.

7.18pm. Malcolm Turnbull looking good on the early Wentworth count.

7.17pm. Labor also falling just short in Robertson and Paterson. Let’s just say it will be interesting to see results from Queensland.

7.17pm. Liberals holding on in McMillan.

7.16pm. Swing in Macarthur also falling short at this stage.

7.16pm. No Labor coup in Hughes, by the look of it.

7.15pm. Nationals just slightly ahead in Cowper, but nothing in it. Lower than expected swing to Labor in Dobell.

7.14pm. ABC calls Braddon as Labor gain.

7.09pm. ABC computer calls Deakin for Labor.

7.09pm. ABC computer calls Page for Labor, Gippsland for Nationals.

7.07pm. Liberals pull further ahead in Bass. 10.5 per cent counted. Still close.

7.07pm. Labor swing perhaps picking up a little in Melbourne suburbs.

7.06pm. Corangamite a Labor gain, according to ABC computer.

7.04pm. Paterson count now in double digits, and Labor will need to do a bit better here.

7.04pm. Said McMillan then and meant McEwen. Corrected. Actually a small Liberal swing in McMillan.

7.02pm. Labor just ahead in Corangamite and McEwen, with almost significant number counted. Not looking like it will all be over before Queensland though.

7.01pm. Swing in Bennelong moderating – below 5 per cent now.

7.00pm. Still no sign of a big swing to Labor in Tasmania; they are slightly ahead in Braddon and slightly behind in Bass.

6.59pm. Double digit swing in Page holding up with 5.1 per cent counted.

6.57pm. Early 12.4 per cent swing to Labor in Macarthur.

6.57pm. Swings everywhere in New South Wales, but Tasmania looking a bit sticky.

6.56pm. Bass count starting to build up to almost interesting level of 6 per cent, and Labor swing surprisingly mild. Probably not from Launceston though.

6.55pm. Corangamite swing to Labor sticking at 6-7 per cent, 3.9 per cent counted.

6.48pm. Big early swing in Gilmore, as you all saw. I had a vague feeling about this one. But yeah, still too early to say.

6.46pm. The very early swing in Flinders caught my eye, but the next booth dampened it down. Still too few to mean anything though.

6.46pm. Tally room over-reaction to 0.2 per cent of the booth in Bennelong.

6.45pm. 15 per cent Labor swing in Page from 1.2 per cent counted.

6.45pm. Dean Jaensch observes 90 per cent of booths swings so far are to Labor.

6.44pm. All very small figures, but all seats with results from Victoria show very mild swings to Labor.

6.40pm. Also a big swing to Labor in Lyne – not enough to win, but significant to the Central Coast and North Coast generally. Throw Page and Cowper on that to-watch list.

6.37pm. Antony reckons he spots an 8 per cent swing on the Central Coast. We’ll be hearing a lot more about Dobell, Robertson and Paterson.

6.36pm. Less than 1 per cent counted in McMillan, only 1 per cent swing to Labor.

6.35pm. Overall swing to Labor of 1.2 per cent to Labor in Tasmania, but these are all small rural booths.

6.35pm. Five booths in from Braddon, only 1 per cent, but 4 per cent swing to Labor. These are the rural parts of the electorate.

6.33pm. Early 8.3 per cent swing to Labor in Robertson.

6.32pm. Antony Green says a 5.9 per cent swing to Labor in Eden-Monaro, regardless of what current figures say.

6.31pm. 6.6 per cent swing to Labor in Braddon from 488 votes.

6.20pm. First figures from rural New South Wales dribbling in. Slowly getting act together. Stay tuned.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

985 comments on “Federal election live”

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  1. Arbie Jay – I reckon that encapsulates the Libs’ failure to comprehend the issues. People aren’t idiots, as was obvious in the voting in Lindsay. At a really fundamental level, they know that the three-car lifestyle just doesn’t stack up.

    It’s the one thing I like about Turnbull – must be the only senior Lib without a driver’s licence.

  2. Costello cannot win an election or lead a party. He is damaged goods and his style against Rudd’s will lose each time in public sentiment.

    Turnbull is probably their only decent prospect at the moment but I don’t believe he has the style to win an election either.

    The Libs are going to need to do some searching for a viable leader for the next election – I can’t see one there yet. But who will survive the blood letting – can’t wait for it to begin.

  3. Never before have I been so glad to have been wrong.

    Today, Australia has rejected, comprehensively, the petty, mean-spirited, blinkered and backward-looking views of the Liberal Party of Australia. They have chosen to embrace the future, to embrace unity and to move forward as a nation.

    I am proud to be an Australian this day.

  4. Cannot get over the result. Scrutineered at big Dawson booth. There was a swing of nearly 20% IN THE BOOTH. CAN YOU CREDIT THAT. DISHONEST, BIGOTTED BITCH.

  5. Never have I been so proud to be Australian.
    Sweet, sweet democracy!!!!!
    What a fantastic speech from Kevin Rudd. Prime Minister Rudd!
    You little rippa!

  6. Oh what a beautiful morning! RIP Howard.
    On Senate, Mr X is anti-workers, but also an opportunist sleeze bag, so he will bend with the wind, he is a media sl… Here’s hoping the Green vote will render him meaningless.

  7. Democracy is the strongest drug there is. I just woke up in a new country and never even left Australia. This is my country, this is the new Australia, this is the future. Kyoto signed, Iraq pullout, Workchoices gone, Howard humiliated. Can it get any better than this… WOW! WOW! WOW!

  8. Morning all, beautiful day in the new world.

    I agree its great to see Australian voters noted something about the quality of their candidates as well as the overal swing. Those making some of the most obviously racist and sexist attacks saw some of the biggest swings in losing.

    My thoughts:
    Best wins: Rudd (a great campaign), Gillard (another great campaign and first female Deputy PM), McKew (someone who had a career to lose put it on the lien for the greater good; a historic win), James Bidgood (Dawson), David Bradbury (Lindsey and team who caught the racists on film)
    Most deserving losers: Howard, Chijoff, Dee-Anne Kelly and Leichardt Liberals, Gary Nairn, Overington and the other right wing hacks, the Exclusive Brethren, Hillsong and the fundys who now have no more pet cabinet ministers
    Least deserving losers: Mia Handshin, Mal Brough, Andrew Bartlett

    Here in Sturt I think Mia won’t get up but what a great campaign. She must try again, and maybe be given a seat with a smaller margin.

    I said a few days ago that it was all over bar the bitter recriminations, and they should be fun over coming weeks. Not to mention various desperate people who have probably committed crimes over the past few months and will now face an AFP free to do their job. That should put a chill through a few.

  9. Interest rates are about to rise, China has cancelled all orders, mineral boom finished, economy destroyed, union bosses in charge, wages are up, inflation is up, julia gillard julia gillard julia gillard julia gillard julia gillard julia gillard julia gillard julia gillard julia gillard julia gillard julia gillard boooooooooooooooooo

  10. Haven’t read all the pages of this thread so apologies if all this has already been said before, but:

    – from the experience of the last two Victorian elections (both held at this time of year), the demographics of postal/prepoll voters will be very different to usual because it’s uni holidays (and schoolies) but not general school holidays. In the Victorian elections Labor has done better than usual on postals, and the Greens particularly well, and I’d expect the same to happen here.

    – if the booth I scrutineered in (in Jagajaga) was remotely representative (I haven’t had time to look at detailed numbers from elsewhere), the flow of Green preferences to Labor was extraordinary (94% in my booth, compared with the 70-80 we’re used to seeing).

    – the Greens Senate vote will also probably creep up because a disproportionate number of their voters vote below-the-line and BTL votes (as far as I know) haven’t been counted yet.

  11. Onya Australia, you’ve done us proud!

    What a night, what a glorious moment to savour, to see that trash taken out and the broom put right through what had become such a dirty and disorganised rabble.

    And to all those on this blog, many thanks, you’ve kept this little brown duck well and truly sane and brilliantly entertained. Your collective wit and good spirits is something to behold.

    Now, the truck’s warmed up, so off to pick up one dead Rodent and Mrs Rodent, and then cart them off the public stage, where they have well and truly outstayed their welcome.

    Onya Kevin Rudd, and keep the faith of all of us who put you there, keep it safe in the years to come.

  12. Costello looked like a new man reborn last night. Just saw a clip on Sky of part of what he had to say last night and he looked like a different person. If that is a reflection of how much Howard has been his albatross over all these years, Costello is privately probably glad he is gone. Don’t know if Costello will stay around BUT he did promise during the campaign that he would. Does Costello keep his promises? We’ll see ….

  13. 971, you obviously saw Clarke and Dawe on Thursday, had to be one of their best yet did it not?
    Time to also record my sincere appreciation to William Bowe, Possum, Simon and Anthony for all the enjoyment and erudition they have given, but esp William.
    I forgot to mention the bookies, I will also appreciate their contribution to my chancellor of the exchequer.
    Very impressed by Mal Brough concession last night, he could not have expected that result, but behaved like a man. I am still blown away by all the crazy swings in Qld, whoda thunk it. On a sad note we did not get rid of the piece of useless excess baggage here in McPherson, mind you we needed 14%, a big ask. She can wait till next time, it will be good to see her vacuous face on the opposition benches anyway.
    And now the fun begins, Costello, Turnbull, Bishop (now there is another vacuous piece of work), Admiral Nelson, omg, such a bewildering array to choose from. Meanwhile Kev and Julia now can get on with the job for which they are both so qualified, OH THE JOY.

  14. I would just like to apologise for my rather intemperate and vindictive post at 1.21am this morning (#787). I rather think it was the copious amounts of Scotch and half dozen beers I had consumed.

    I dont believe the Unions are coming back, and I haven’t been a Unionist for decades (although I do work for a membership organisation with 115,000 members, where my co-workers dont find it very funny when I DO refer to us as a Union ;)). Prime Minister Rudd (oh that sounds good), will keep his promise to work with Australians of all persuasion ad the Unions are only a small part of the overall picture.

    One thing I will not apologise for is my attack on the insidious, hatefilled, ideological attack on Australians through the Tories unauthorised and unheralded Workchoices crime. This legistlation, this vindictive, arrogant, extremist legistlation attacked not only current and future generations, but the memory of working Australians who fought and suffered for our basic working conditions.

    Bob Hawke is deadset correct that every man and woman in the workforce owes the Union movement a debt for Annual Leave, Sick Leave, LSL, a five day working week, redundancy pay, and other. The basic rights of a decent country that respects and honours its citizens. These right wing extremists and ideologues wanted to strip us of our basic rights and our history.

    Well Australians have spoken. Most Australians dont “hate” Unions like Jackie Kelly’s stupid husband. Australians see a Bernie Banton and what the Union movement and Bill Shorten did for him and his cause. That is decency, and that is right.

    A couple of thank you’s.

    1) Mark Latham.- Just over three years ago I sat watching Howard making his customary gloating victory speech after Latham had gone off the rails. I was mortified. The Labor party was going to be out of power for at least 6 years. What was worse was that the Tories had control of the senate. An unmittigated disaster.
    Well hows that for irony. Through Mark Latham and his performance we got the conditions where the arrogant, born to rule, hubris laden government could finally drop their sheeps clothing and inflict on Australian working men and woman the hated Workchoices.

    2) John Howard – Mr Howard, you have always been at the forefront of the NSW right uglies. You hounded the wets out of your party in the late 80’s and early 90’s, you attacked the weak in our society, you dog whistled and appealed to the basest of the electorates fears and prejudices and used these prejudices to wedge and divide the nation, you made our country bigoted, xenophobic, insular, and inward looking. And you did all this with the smug reassurance of a man who thinks he is so clever that the people will be fooled forever.
    You allowed hubris and your insane extremist right wing views to allow you to believe that you had a mandate to attack the very people that elected you in the first place, the so called “Howard Battlers”. How a politician could be so arrogant to believe that they could get away with this is astounding.

    Well Mr Howard your enduring legacy will not be the destructiion of the labour movement. Your legacy will be swept away by the new Labor Govt. Your legacy is now your epithaph.
    You will have no victory lap, you will not be known in history as Menzies lite, you will be remembered for plunging our country into fear and for that crime being thrown out of not just office, but parliment alltogether.

    I will not thank K-Rudd, Julia Gillard or my local member Nicola Roxon. Your work is in front of you. Time to walk the walk.

    A final thank you to William Bowe for this tremendous site, and to all the other bludgers (especially the Keating lovers :)) who has made me feel I am in a room full of fellow true believers.

    The sun is up – its a new dawn, a new day, and Australia is once again back on an even keel.

    End of rant

  15. G’day VB, looks like your mate was right then? Alan Ramsey in yesterday’s SMH, told of the 300 bins under the Ministerial offices in Canberra!

    Did you hear the collective sigh of relief that swelled across this big wide land last night?

    And then the cheer for the newly chosen son?

    It was indeed like Whitlam’s election, although I’m wondering how long it will be before there is talk of the new coalition: Labor and Green, because it could not have happened otherwise.

    By the way, thanks for all your reportage from the Lib bunker, it made great reading.

  16. Back to bed. Brain still addled.

    Thank you William for this superlative site.

    ‘my fellow Queenslanders’ delivered a coup de grace to the government. Remarkable.

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