from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
This short post is mainly for the benefit of our overseas readers,who may be pleased to learn that the map of Australia changed somewhat. That is how it looked six years ago, in 2008. The States and Territories then ruled by the socialist Australian Labor Party (ALP) are coloured red:
We hoped for a change, un-Obama one, and this is how the map could possibly look after the Saturday 15th March 2014 elections in South Australia and Tasmania (that’s that island south-east). The conservative or semi-conservative governments, i.e. The Liberal Party, The National Party and The Country Liberal Party are represented by the blue:
However, South Australia is still counting, so it could end up like this (the green colouring for the Right, the orange for the Left):
South Australia claims first secret voting in the world, in 1857, thought in fact Victoria was first: “In 1856, the British colony of Victoria became the first in the world know to adopt a secret ballot in its election. By the end of the century, this ‘Australian ballot’, as it became known, spread to the other Australian states (1858-78), the UK (1872), all other Dominions, and many American states.” Dr Amy McGrath – Frauding of Votes? p.9.
Good start, but after 157 years of tinkering, South Australia has an electoral system Mugabe could be proud of:
Historical SA election results for the past 30 years:
1985 – ALP 53.2% 2pp =ALP govt
1989 – LIB 51.9% 2pp = ALP govt
1993 – Lib 61% 2pp = Lib govt
1997 – Lib 51.5% 2pp = Lib govt
2002 – Lib 50.9% 2pp = ALP govt
2006 – ALP 56.8% 2pp =ALP govt
2010 – Lib 51.6% 2pp = ALP govt
2014 – Lib 52.3% 2pp = ?
According to Andrew Bolt, “former Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson is right – South Australia’s gerrymander is a disgrace. The Liberals’ failure to win a majority of seats on Saturday can only lead to contempt for the state’s “democracy”:
In 2010, the Liberals achieved 18 seats on a two-party-preferred vote of 52 per cent to 48 per cent. On that occasion, three independents were elected, but even if you add those to the Liberals it still comes to only 21 seats out of 47.
The glib explanation that the Liberals have too many safe seats with big useless majorities just doesn’t cut it. Something is seriously wrong with the South Australian electoral boundaries.
To win on Saturday, the Liberals needed in excess of 54 per cent. I can wear 51 per cent or even 52 per cent. But if you don’t win on 53 per cent or more the word gerrymander springs to mind.”
In September 2013 the ALP/Greens Federal Government was replaced by a quasi-conservative one, a coalition of Liberal and National parties – see Away in a manger.
If you are tempted to dance, do so if you must, but don’t overdo it. Some proportion of the anti-Left swing is due to the customary election cycle. Some leading Liberals are just crypto-Labor. The people like the Premier of New South Wales Barry O’Farrell, who once declared, “I am a Liberal. That does not mean that I am a conservative…” more on Fog of Chaos Labor-lite, and Exquisite timing, and No shooting, Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Minister for Communications, see Fog of Chaos – Party of Slippers, and recently MP Sharman Stone spring to mind.
Well, it is slightly better now anyway.