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Apr 18, 2012

Poll Bludger: Labor’s woes and its effect on a Senate election

Following the Queensland election result and yet another downturn for federal Labor in the polls, there has been talk lately about the likely make-up of the Senate should the Coalition win next year's election in a landslide.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Following the Queensland election result and yet another downturn for federal Labor in the polls, there has been talk lately about the likely make-up of the Senate should the Coalition win next year’s election in a landslide, and the potential for such a result to upset long-held assumptions about the political calculus under an Abbott government.

The dynamics of the current Parliament have always made a double dissolution all but impossible, and the prospect of a crisis-induced early election for the House of Representatives only is now looking scarcely more likely.

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101 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: Labor’s woes and its effect on a Senate election

  1. David

    The author going public with his wish list for next year. Still waiting for that phone call from Rupert?

  2. Schnappi

    Resignation of a Police Minister,a Senior Advisor,scrapping of Litery Awards jobs for the boys for costello,costing more than the dumped litery awards ,equals more expenditure ,not savings,,not an awesome start to LNP in Qld in just 3 weeks,as newman is an abbott clone,think people will come to realise a coalition federal government could be uncontrolled rabble.

  3. Suzanne Blake

    @ WO 2 Snhappi Tom

    What about Bligh resignation hours after the poll and a by election later this month.

  4. Suzanne Blake

    I think given the carbon tax will exact its damage on the economy for over 12 months, people will have more than baseball bats out in 2013 and a double dissolution as you say may not be needed

  5. Michael de Angelos

    more wishful thinking.

    Aussies may be led by the nose ccassionally but if anyone thinks that after a year of QLD & NSW huge majority Coalition governments that federally they will do like wise they underestimate the citizens desire to protect themselves from Abbott’s desire to erase whatever protections they now have for job security.

    The carbon pricing is still the media’s wet dream.

    Get out there and talk to the general public and they couldn’t give a toss about it. Come closer to the GE in 2013 and see what happens when Abbott is pinned down and must reveal his policies.

  6. Michael

    OH THE JOY – IF ONLY IT WERE SO !

  7. Steve Gardner

    Abbott won’t be forced to reveal his policies. He’ll just keep saying “We’ll reveal our policies in good time before the next election” until about 2 weeks before the election. Then he’ll reveal a bunch of vague uncosted promises with no detail. A few people will point out that this is completely irresponsible and shows that the Libs are not fit to govern and of course they will be right, but no-one will care.

  8. Schnappi

    Bligh was there for years blake,newman for minutes.

  9. daretotread

    Thanks William

    Good post

    Not linked to PB????

  10. Schnappi

    Baseball Bats SUZANNE BLAKE,seems your the same as abbotts forehead targets ,you both want people to do your dirty work and assassinate people.

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