Federal election minus whatever

A new venue for general discussion of matters political, as the New South Wales election sucks the oxygen from the federal sphere.

Reflecting its confidence about its prospects in Victoria, Labor has traded in its existing prospect for the seat of Higgins, Josh Spiegel, for a higher profile model in the shape of barrister Fiona McLeod. That’s all I really have to relate at the moment, but a new federal politics and general discussion thread is required, and here it is. Note the new Brexit post from Adrian Beaumont below this one and, naturally, the latest New South Wales election post above.

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.

606 comments on “Federal election minus whatever”

  1. This is what happens when you vote for Liberal/Nationals Coalition governments. There are consequences:

    NUW national secretary Tim Kennedy accused Chemist Warehouse management of condoning violence at the picket lines.

    ”We’ve seen cars and trucks drive deliberately into striking workers, with several workers injured and requiring hospital admission,” he said.

    ”It is shameful to witness such a large company completely disregard the rules of protected industrial action and show such little regard for their workers’ safety.”

    …On Friday, a union protest at the Preston site was greeted with a layer of manure out the front of the building.

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/chemist-warehouse-stores-running-low-on-stock-as-strikers-allegedly-targeted-20190322-p516kw.html

  2. “70% of the landmass of NSW hasn’t voted for a major party “

    Most meaningless tweet of all time … Tony Windsor has lost it, next he will be asking that farmers cows get the vote.

  3. Briefly put it quite succinctly this morning at
    Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 6:28 am
    “It’s fair to say the SFF are escapists – political escapists. Australian right wing/reactionary politics is very solidly escapist.”

    In some ways it’s NSW equivalent of ON, which is Australia’s equivalent of D Trump.

    It’s voters trying to return to a world that no longer exists. A world I remember 50 years ago.
    Too many things have changed, our population is too large, to allow the freedom to do what we did then.
    When driving to the countryside with rifles to shoot Roos by spotlight was weekend sport, when dropping a line off the side of a tinny would always catch decent fish, when neither activity needed licenses, when you always had ‘one for the road’, when there was plenty of well paid work, when queens, coons, wogs, beggars and refos knew their places, when your wife was a chattel, and most women became secretaries or did menial jobs, and left the good jobs for men.

    Ah yes, the good old days that voters for SFF, ON and DT wish would return.
    Shallow thinkers; escapists one and all.

  4. Maude Lynn

    “In some ways it’s NSW equivalent of ON, which is Australia’s equivalent of D Trump.”
    ———

    Oddly, I saw the two winning candidates for SFF in Barwon and Murray interviewd and they seemed less off the planet than your average Nat politician. Not at all like a ON crazy.

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