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Today’s West Australian Senate re-election

April 5th, 2014 at 01:10pm

I have two hopes for today’s Senate re-election in Western Australia.

1. Enough seats are won by conservatives for there to be a conservative majority in the Senate.

It’s impossible for the Coalition to get an outright majority by my count as winning all six seats would only get them to 37 seats in the Senate (39 is a majority) but it is possible for them win enough seats to have a conservative majority once certain crossbenchers are taken in to account. Four Coalition seats in today’s election (achievable with a very small swing to them compared to the 2013 election) plus one other conservative winning a seat should make it possible for there to be a conservative majority in the Senate on most issues.

2. Bye bye Scott Ludlam.

Even if he was to be replaced by another Green I’d be happy. His speech in which he came up with all sorts of inaccurate statements about Tony Abbott being some sort of racist was an embarrassment…it was almost as ludicrous as Julia Gillard’s infamous misogyny speech. The country would be better off with anyone other than Scott Ludlam in the Senate.

Good luck and vote well Western Australia; The country is counting on you.

Samuel

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  • 1. nbrettoner  |  April 5th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Good to see you blogging etc again Samuel.
    Once you’ve settled in back home I guess we’ll be treated to interesting reflections of your; on the large apple sojourn, as well as local content comment. Looking forward to further forages of behind~the~revelations revelations. :)
    PS Definitely won’t be able to visit Canberra this year, as vehicle expenses prevent me un-nailing my foot from the floor.
    But 2015 Feb-March-April I am believing for a a nice big fat 5 to 6 week’s sojourn, which will include Canberra. :)

  • 2. Padders  |  April 6th, 2014 at 6:49 am

    The antediluvian vote-counting methods of which the AEC are so fond will keep us waiting on the final result for months. But at first glance of said results, I am depressed. Not only will Ludlam get in, it looks likely there will be 1 PUP as well. God help us. I can feel a double dissolution coming on…


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