from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
47% of total votes for Labor, 53% for Liberals, so Labor won. The State of South Australia again proved its Left and corrupt mettle – see Fog of Chaos Map change. Liberal Party won only 22 seats and Labor 23. Two seats, Fisher and Frome, were held by the ‘independents’, Mr Such and Mr Brock respectively. Those two gentlemen then could make or break Labor’s 12 years rule. Liberals, as the second party, got 50.7% in Fisher. Mr Bob Such took two months medical leave. The next day Mr Geoff Brock, with 60.8% vote for Liberals in his electorate, decided to back Labor. And it just happen that in the new government he will be the Minister for Regional Development. Not enough? I have forgotten – he will be also the Minister for State and Local Government Relations.
Mr Brock, trying to justify his betrayal, said he wanted to avoid another elections, “I want stability out there.” Perhaps it has not occurred to him that the cost of another elections would be very small compared to the damage Labor will do to the State in the next four years. South Australia, with its unemployment at 6.6% is only just ahead of the worst of all Australian States and Territories, the basket case Tasmania (7.6%), ruled by the Labor/Green until now.
The so called independents have sullied their reputation previously. In August 2010 Federal elections the LibNats and Labor won 72 seats each in 150 seats House of Representatives. With two cross-benchers solidly on the Left side, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, both from firmly conservative electorates and running on conservative platforms, betrayed their voters and gave the Gillard’s Labor 76 majority. There is little consolation that neither of them is in the parliament now, nor is Julia Gillard.
The voters are fed and unfortunately swallow the fiction of parliamentary democracy and representative government. However, already in 1734 John Willes, the Attorney General, said: “After we are chosen, and have our seats in this house (House of Commons), we have no longer any dependence on our electors so far as regards our behaviour here. Their whole power is then devolved upon us…”