Are we there yet?

An illustration of Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard racing for a Finish line, but both stuck in the mud and unable to reach it

Illustration: John Shakespeare (Source: SMH)

They reckon something might happen today.

Update: Katter has gone with the Coalition – it’s now 74 seats each.
Update: Windsor and Oakeshott have gone with Labor – we have a Gillard government.

You know, the eventual memoirs written by Windsor, Oakeshott and Katter covering their decision-making process and the pressures that others have sought to bring to bear upon them should be fascinating reading. One day.

But I’m over the waiting.

Addendum: as is my wont when stressed, I’ve taken refuge in noodling with Photoshop. Here’s a graphic:

A graphic showing how the count of MPs is shaping up for the final decision as to who will make the next Federal Australian government - current position is 74-all

Not quite there yet

And here’s the updated graphic!

Graphic showing the declaration of votes - Oakeshott and Windsor move to the Labor camp

Gillard Forms Government

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19 replies

  1. As long as we are waiting we have neither a Labor nor a Coalition government, thus avoiding the worst of both worlds.

  2. And the closer we get to having a Green BOP in the Senate and Steve Fielding looking for a new job.

  3. @Sam – LOL.

    Mr Oakeshott now says the trio expect to make their announcement in a press conference at 3:00pm AEST.
    Source: ABC

    Helen pointed this out over on LP, but I’ll echo: I’m hugely unimpressed with the implicit gender bias in favour of Abbott contained within the continued media use of the term “kingmakers” for the Indy trio.

  4. For expats, travellers and curious international folks, ABC News 24 has just announced that they are lifting their geo-block from 2pm Sydney time (0400 UTC) for the announcement and associated coverage.

    Twitter announcement:
    Link for unblocked coverage:

  5. Oh for goodness’ sake! *stress*

  6. So much for all going the same way to reduce the closeness….

  7. Windsor’s gone Labor, folks! Oakeshott about to put the boot into Abbott! (I think.)
    Barnaby looked like a sad, sad panda just before this presser. I admit, my sympathies were … limited.

  8. AHAHA did you hear that journo f-bomb!?

  9. Well, if she’s going to get an education anywhere, it’s watching Australian Politics unfold.

    • Gillard presser:
      “Let’s open the curtains and let the sunshine in.” – on open debate and transparency of process – the reforms that the Indies have pushed through.

      • Argh – the talking heads are just banging on about how regional Australia getting some attention is going to make things more expensive for city folk.
        I’ve lived in regional Australia. Tony Windsor had it exactly right in his speech where he said that the presumption that rural electors will vote Country/National Party has for too long meant them being taken for granted and their needs ignored. By governments of both major parties.
        Good luck to regional Australia getting some catch-up on infrastructure that they’ve been missing out on for too many years. Apart from anything else, if regional Australia has better services then more people will be happy to stay/return to living in country towns, and that takes pressure off our overcrowded cities.
        FFS, I’m disgusted by the metropolitan media.

  10. Hallelujah, it’s over! We now have a government, even if it isn’t the one Mr Murdoch and his family (and their company) wanted and tried so hard to get. It’s going to be an interesting three years, to be honest – we know the Lib/Nat coalition are going to be trying their damnedest to get the ALP voted down (and out) at every possible occasion (they’re not sore losers, honest) and that the Murdoch press are going to be stirring the pot as much as possible and as hard as possible in order to achieve this result. Expect to see the Libs paying a lot more attention to the rules and regulations of parliamentary process, if only for the hope of catching the government out on some obscure rule or point of order to hang a vote of no confidence on.
    Of course, with Mr Windsor’s comment that the votes of the rural community were being taken for granted, he’s opened up a lot of opportunities for the ALP. After all, the ALP nearly won enough seats to be elected as a government in their own right (while the Liberals were relying strongly on their National coalition “partners”) – if they show by example that they’re more than willing to listen to the other parties in their coalition government, they’re in a good position to split up the LP/NP alliance. This would, of course, shift the Liberal Party of Australia out of their comfortable position of the majority of the past seventy years (namely, in power or plotting to obtain it) and put them in a position where they’d actually have to work hard to win the next election (rather than relying on the press to ensure the ALP lose it, as is their current tactic).
    To be honest, I’m hoping this particular government does turn out to do a lot of infrastructure building in more rural areas of Australia. As Tigtog has said, the rural areas have largely been losing out on infrastructure for a long time now, and I’d like to think that maybe a bit of Federal interest in the whole matter would jog the memories of the states regarding the existence of persons outside the state capitals. However, in order to be seen to be taking this seriously, the government can’t just concentrate on the rural electorates of Messrs Windsor, Oakeshott and Katter, even if they do let those three districts benefit from the first round of funds (if they really want to start putting cats among pigeons, I’d suggest concentrating some funds on Mr Crook’s electorate as well, since his allegiance to the LP/NP coalition is forced at the best, and “whipped into line” at the worst, and he’s giving every indication that he’d be willing to side against ‘em). The money has to be spread across the country, and cover all the rural electorates, as well as not having the city-siders feeling all left out.
    I’m looking forward to an interesting three years.

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