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Election 2007 – 11:54pm

Federal (74% counted)
Labor: 72 seats
Coalition: 47 seats
Independent: 2 seats
29 still to be decided.

ACT and surrounds seats

Canberra (74% counted)
Labor: 51%
Liberal: 35%
Greens: 13%

Eden-Monaro (74% counted)
Labor: 45%
Liberal: 43%
Greens: 7%
Acacia Rose (Ind): 2%
Christian Democratic Party: 1%

Fraser (73% counted)
Labor: 52%
Liberal: 31%
Greens: 13%
Democrats: 2%
Kerri Taranto (Ind): 1%

Hume (76% counted)
Liberal: 48%
Labor: 39%
Greens: 8%
Christian Democratic Party: 2%
Family First: 2%

ACT Senate
Labor: 40.72% (1.22 effective quotas)
Liberal: 34.07% (1.02 effective quotas)
Greens: 21.91% (0.65 effective quotas)
Democrats: 1.74% (0.05 effective quotas)

Bennelong (77% counted)
Labor: 46%
Liberal: 45%
Greens: 5%

November 24th, 2007 at 11:54pm

Election 2007 – 11:34pm

Just looking back through the AAP articles to see if I missed something.

Kerrie Tucker conceded defeat in the senate at about 10pm.

November 24th, 2007 at 11:34pm

Election 2007 – 11:30pm

Kevin Rudd acknowledges John Howard’s contribution to the nation, and wishes him and Janette all the best for the future.

“The future, the future, the future”

Kevin Rudd thanks Australia for voting for him and his team, and promises to never take Australia’s trust for granted.

A lot of this is regurgitated from previous speeches, and there doesn’t seem to be much content here…nearly five minutes of “I will represent all Australians, here are all the categories”.

Kevin Rudd wants to get rid of the “old battles” between various interest groups…but he wants to “forge a consensus”, how do you force people to agree with each other.

“The future, the future”

Reads the headlines of the policy list.

“Build a 21st century infrastructure for a 21st century economy” (Huh???)

More cliches and headlines

“The task ahead will not be an easy one”.

Kevin wants to “prosecute” his agenda…implement perhaps Kevin?

“Hello to the US, and Asia, and Europe, and beyond”.

Thanks his electorate.

“My local community is the rock on which everything else is built”.

More from the policy sheet.

Thanks the Labor supporters for keeping the faith.

Gives special mention to asbestos sufferer and campaigner Bernie Banton…and uses it to (alarm bells) mention “the great trade union movement”. I thought we were distancing ourselves from the unions? Peter Garrett’s promised backflip starting already?

Thanks Julia Gillard.

Thanks Wayne Swan.

Thanks his team.

Thanks Labor president John Faulkner.

Thanks the campaign team.

Thanks the supporters “one and all”.

Thanks his chief of staff and deputy chief of staff “He’s had to put with me for five years” (in a “that’s a bad thing” tone).

Thanks his wife Therese Rein, doesn’t show her as much affection as I would have thought, but does speak highly of her without ever mentioning the “love” word.

Thanks his kids individually (how much longer can this list go on for).

Thanks his entire family.

Honours the memory of his parents

“You know something”

Finally some content…perhaps…nope, more campaign stuff.

“The team”

“We have a job of work to do”

“I thank the nation”

Finally hugs and shows his wife lots of affection.

Twenty minutes of that speech…if you’re wondering why I wrote it up as a list, it’s because it was presented as one. Kevin Rudd is an awful public speaker, but hopefully he will do a good job as prime minister. I was disappointed that the speech was presented that way…perhaps he should have spoken before John Howard because the speech wasn’t as good.

I will put both speeches online later.

November 24th, 2007 at 11:29pm

Election 2007 – 11:04pm

Prime Minister-Elect Kevin Rudd takes to the podium to even more fanfare.

November 24th, 2007 at 11:05pm

Election 2007 – 11:03pm

Kevin Rudd walks in to the room to extraordinary fanfare.

November 24th, 2007 at 11:04pm

Election 2007 – 11:02pm

QLD Premier Anna Bligh about to introduce Kevin Rudd

November 24th, 2007 at 11:03pm

Election 2007 – 11:01pm

Kevin Rudd will make his campaign speech in the next few minutes. 2UE have just crashed the news while they wait for it. One does have to wonder if any of the network stations are automated and went haywire at 11pm.

November 24th, 2007 at 11:01pm

Election 2007 – 10:49pm

And John Howard concedes defeat in a very graceful style.

This is very likely John Howard’s final public speech. It’s an appropriate and fitting speech to end a very successful career. Highlighting his many achievements, thanking his colleagues, and declaring Peter Costello “the future of the Liberal party”, although he wishes the new leader the best, whoever that may be.

John Howard accepted responsibility for the campaign and the coalition’s loss, and has thanked the Liberal Party for all it has done for him over his 33 year career. He also thanked his staff, individually, and his family, paying special homage to Janette.

Mr. Howard was clearly trying to hold back the tears, especially when thanking Australia for allowing him to be the prime minister for eleven and a half years. He also wished the new government “chosen by the people of the Australia”, all the best.

It was a rowdy and supportive crowd, and it was a great, personable speech, a perfect speech to round out a wonderful career.

John Howard, best of luck in your retirement, and thank you for being the Australian Prime Minister. When the dust settles, you will go down in history as one of the greatest prime ministers in history.

November 24th, 2007 at 10:50pm

Election 2007 – 10:33pm

John and Janette Howard now arriving at the Wenworth Hotel.

November 24th, 2007 at 10:34pm

Election 2007 – 10:32pm

John Howard has left Kirribilli (for one of the last times it would have to be said) and will make his concession speech at the Wentworth Hotel shortly.

November 24th, 2007 at 10:33pm

Election 2007 – 10:30pm

Peter Costello looks very uncomfortable, and is trying to avoid directly mentioning anything which could be interpreted as leadership speculation.

Although he does look to me like he thinks his time on the (shadow) cabinet is limited. He has the look of “It’s all over”.

November 24th, 2007 at 10:32pm

Election 2007 – 10:26pm

Peter Costello thanks his local supporters. Will he announce a run for party leadership?

November 24th, 2007 at 10:26pm

Election 2007 – 10:24pm

Maxine McKew tells Channel Nine that Bennelong will go down to the wire.

Peter Costello making a speech…

November 24th, 2007 at 10:25pm

Election 2007 – 10:22pm

Seven report and 2UE relay that John Howard has now called Maxine McKew to concede defeat in Bennelong.

November 24th, 2007 at 10:23pm

Election 2007 – 10:18pm

Federal update: John Howard is minutes away from appearing for his concession speech, which will be followed a short time thereafter by Kevin Rudd’s victory speech.

Federal (72% counted)
Labor: 72 Seats
Coalition: 49 Seats
Independent: 2 Seats

Other key results:
Labor have won Eden-Monaro. John Howard has lost Bennelong to Maxine McKew. Indigenous Affairs minister Mal Brough has lost his seat.

I haven’t updated Hume for a while.

Hume (76% counted)
Liberal: 48%
Labor: 39%
Greens: 8%
Christian Democratic Party: 2%
Family First: 2%

November 24th, 2007 at 10:22pm

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