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Aug 4, 2010

ALP loses seats (but for the next election, not this one)

As has now been pointed out many times, conducting a redistribution while an election campaign is under way is sheer madness.

Charles Richardson — Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson

Editor of The World is not Enough

As has now been pointed out many times, perhaps most forcefully by Antony Green, conducting a redistribution while an election campaign is under way is sheer madness. But the Australian Electoral Commission took the view that the legislation leaves it no choice in the matter, so it has been doing just that, releasing draft new boundaries for Victoria last Friday.

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4 thoughts on “ALP loses seats (but for the next election, not this one)

  1. Holden Back

    Charles, Fran Bailey is the retiring Liberal Member for McEwen. Just barely, I grant you.

  2. Charles Richardson

    @Holden – oops, sorry about that; you’re quite right. I think I was mentally projecting ahead on the assumption that Labor will win it this time (which, to be fair, is shared by both sides), but that then even given a moderate swing to Labor the new boundaries would still make it a Liberal seat. But I certainly shouldn’t have called it Labor-held.

  3. Holden Back

    You should hear Sharman Stone on local radio – madder than a wet hen might fit the bill, if it weren’t faintly sexist.

  4. kim lockwood

    Is the new Burke named after Robert O’Hara, Australia’s great celebrated failure, or Brian, Western Australia’s great celebrated failure?

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