Archive for November 24th, 2007

Election 2007 – 10:06pm

John Howard has called Kevin Rudd to concede defeat.

Standby for concession speech. 2UE reporter Clinton Maynard says a banner has been unveiled at the Wentworth Hotel which reads “John Howard Forever” in preparation for his speech.

November 24th, 2007 at 10:07pm

Election 2007 – 10:04pm

More bad news for the coalition. Indigenous affairs minister Mal Brough has lost his seat.

Mal Brough was one of the potential future “big players” of the Liberals. It’s sad to see him, of all people, lose his seat.

November 24th, 2007 at 10:04pm

Election 2007 – 10:02pm

ACT update:

Canberra (75% counted)
Labor: 51%
Liberal: 35%
Greens: 13%

Fraser (74% counted)
Labor 52%
Liberal 31%
Greens 13%
Democrats 2%

ACT Senate Seats
Labor 41.35% (1.24 effective quotas)
Liberal 34.64% (1.04 effective quotas)
Greens 20.81% (0.62 effective quotas)

November 24th, 2007 at 10:02pm

Election 2007 – 9:50pm

Whilst Peter Costello may be seen by the media as the next leader of the party, I can’t see it happening.

Peter may assume the role briefly, but I think the next few years will be a transition period for the Liberals and Peter Costello won’t last. If Labor have an about-face and don’t remain as conservative as they have been during the campaign, then Malcolm Turnbull will be the Liberal leader at the next election. Otherwise it will be the “warm and friendly” Joe Hockey.

Either way, I think a lot of the old guard will retire soon. Phillip Ruddock, Alexander Downer and Tony Abbot will either be out of parliament before the next election, or will be on the backbench and won’t contest the seats.

November 24th, 2007 at 09:52pm

Election 2007 – 9:44pm

Western Australia is going to the Liberals 7-3 over Labor at the moment, but it’s all academic now.

Federal (67% counted)
Labor: 71
Coalition: 49
Independent: 2

November 24th, 2007 at 09:44pm

Election 2007 – 9:38pm

Around this time last year The Grill Brasserie ran some radio ads containing short amusing political songs.

This one was for Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard

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November 24th, 2007 at 09:39pm

Election 2007 – 9:36pm

John Howard expected to concede defeat it ten minutes.

November 24th, 2007 at 09:36pm

Election 2007 – 9:32pm

Maxine McKew strikes me as a future prime minister. She has an awful lot more personality than either Kevin Rudd or Julia Gillard, I personally think she, with a bit more political experience, will be the future of the Labor party.

November 24th, 2007 at 09:35pm

Election 2007 – 9:29pm

Maxine McKew is clearly ecstatic, but is not quite declaring her victory, saying “Bennelong is on a knife edge”. I’m sad to see John Howard go, but congratulations and well done Maxine.

November 24th, 2007 at 09:30pm

Election 2007 – 9:24pm

Bennelong (70% counted)
Labor: 45.95%
Liberal: 45.19%
Greens: 5.36%

This will go to preferences, but I can’t see the greens preferences going to John Howard.

I might have to play “It’s My Party” for Peter Costello after all. The “And I’ll cry if I want to” line would be very appropriate.

November 24th, 2007 at 09:27pm

Election 2007 – 9:22pm

Maxine McKew is about to make her victory speech in Bennelong.

November 24th, 2007 at 09:24pm

Election 2007 – 9:18pm

John Howard is going to concede shortly. 2UE/2CC have been reporting that they will cross to him shortly, and Nine crossed briefly when they were waiting for him to appear.

It looks like John Howard will concede before Kevin Rudd declares his own victory.

November 24th, 2007 at 09:20pm

Election 2007 – 9:15pm

ACT seats.

There is not going to be any change to any seats in the ACT. Annette Ellis (Labor) is keeping Canberra. Bob McMullan (Labor) is keeping Fraser. Kate Lundy (Labor) and Gary Humphries (Liberal) are keeping their senate seats.

Canberra (72% counted)
Labor: 51%
Liberal: 35%
Greens: 13%

Fraser (73% counted)
Labor: 52%
Liberal: 31%
Greens: 13%
Democrats: 2%

ACT Senate (28% counted)
Labor: 41% (1.23 effective quotas)
Liberal: 35% (1.06 effective quotas)
Greens: 21% (0.62 effective quotas)

November 24th, 2007 at 09:17pm

Election 2007 – 9:04pm

Mike Kelly has declared himself the victor of Eden-Monaro, but it is far too close to call. It will go to preferences and that will probably favour Labor as the Greens have about four thousand votes. He will probably be right, but it’s still a bit early to call it.

Eden-Monaro (67% counted)
Labor: 26,406
Liberal: 25,400
Greens: 4,393
Acacia Rose (Ind): 1,293

November 24th, 2007 at 09:04pm

Election 2007 – 9:00pm

Tracey Grimshaw, without sound on Channel Nine, looks like she’s just mildly tipsy. Rather amusing to watch

November 24th, 2007 at 09:00pm

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