Map change

 

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:

 

australia.red.map

 

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:

 

australia_map_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):

australia-map.green

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”:

 It is difficult to resist the whinges of the losers when the two-party-preferred vote is 53 per cent to 47 per cent and the party on the wrong end of that count gets more seats.

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.

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About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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11 Responses to Map change

  1. Simmerain says:

    Electoral fraud is a fact of life in Australia; closing our eyes does not help. An iron broom is needed.

  2. intuitivereason says:

    No, this isn’t electoral fraud. This is using an irrelevant summation to comment on the outcome of an election.

    Statewide 2pp is completely and utterly irrelevant to the current system. Noting it is a novelty.

    Electoral fraud is what occurs at the electoral level. This is a failure to compete on the field as drawn.

  3. Puzzled says:

    Is not that field drawn fraudulently?

  4. Globo says:

    From Piers Akerman, 3 April 2014:

    SOMETHING ROTTEN IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    THE Australian Electoral Commission can’t explain irregularities which occurred at a pre-poll mobile polling booth set up for the re-run of the West Australian senate election, which is being held because the commission lost 1370 votes from the original senate election last September.

    That sounds like a government agency which doesn’t even know when it’s in trouble.

    The AEC has been responsible for lost votes, missing votes and bungling staff at a cost of millions of dollars.

    Another worrying anomaly in the WA poll, which casts greater doubt on the conduct of the election, is the registration of almost 30,000 new voters.

    The increase is well above the average growth in WA’s population, raising fears an extra 10,000 phantom voters may have been added to the roll since the September election.

    Electoral commission data shows jumps in WA enrolments of 21,000 before the 2010 federal election, 12,800 before last September’s election and 28,900 before tomorrow’s election.

    Australians for Honest Elections president Lex Stewart called on the AEC to “come clean” and describe the procedures and due diligence it has used to check whether this anomalously high number of extra enrolments were genuine, or were padding?

    “When were the last ‘habitation reviews’ conducted, and how far-reaching were they?” Stewart asked.

    “Or do we conclude that the AEC does not care about an accurate electoral roll?”

    Stewart noted that the Court of Disputed Returns is, almost unbelievably, forbidden by the Electoral Act from inquiring into bodgied electoral rolls and phantom false enrolments, a matter of real concern.

    The numbers don’t stack up. The integrity of the voting system is in doubt.

    Voter fraud is serious but there has been a lack of political will to tackle this blight on Australian democracy.

    A thorough review and the adaptation of a new, secure structure is necessary to restore the public’s faith in the system.

  5. Karellia says:

    The maps may change but the corrupt caravan goes on and on.

  6. Ident Tory says:

    Map may have changed, but same corrupt people are in power. Elections will not change anything. Still, thank you for a write-up.

  7. Castle hack says:

    Nothing has changed.

  8. ヴィニ長財布 says:

    Nothing changed.

  9. Pagan Ricco says:

    Nothing changed.

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