Sep 10, 2013

Rundle mythbusts Abbott’s victory

It was a landslide! Tony Abbott has a mandate! The result was a repudiation of Labor's dysfunction! Wrong, wrong and wrong. Crikey takes you through why Abbott's victory is not what you think.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Tony Abbott

Part one — busting myths about the election result

1. “Labor’s lowest primary vote for a century!” Well, yes, but no. The point is that every Labor primary vote is going to be low from now on. The knowledge/culture/policy producer class has broken away and is voting for the Greens. Barring truly weird events, Labor ain’t coming back. That’s minimum of 7% — and as much as 12% — down from the mid-40s votes the ALP hitherto enjoyed.

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75 thoughts on “Rundle mythbusts Abbott’s victory

  1. Serenatopia

    Guy Rundle—so well-put and articulated—I was bemused by Abbott’s mandate—it was like Moses talking to his people—Thou shall not oppose when in Senate!

  2. Gavin Moodie

    Reminds me of the bad ole days of the DLP. It was never in coalition with the Coalition, but its support was handy in neutering Labor for a couple of decades.

  3. Glenn Wilson

    And this is exactly why labor will continue to fail because this delusional denial you are trying to cling to will continue to be their downfall, they need to take some responsibility instead of waffling excuses but just keep going because this is exactly what coalition supporters want. Think you need to suck it up Rundle, it really was a landslide victory, I don’t think you appreciate the gravity of this defeat hence an ongoing dysfunctional party awaits. Take a leaf from Hawke’s comments, I think hes the only labor person who fully understood what happened.

  4. Minstrel

    Here, have a Kleenex Guy. The Liberals have a mandate in the Senate for certain legislation that they campaigned on strongly eg parental scheme. Stuff that wasn’t campaigned on they do not. The Senate is the house of review and represents the weaker States by giving them an equal voice.

    Our elected Parliamentarians should form an effective Govt by passing campaigned on legislation and debating anything else. Horse trading by single member parties in the Senate should be kept to a minimum, that leads to massive distortions like Brian Harradine used to get.

    Australia needs effective governance and our Parliamentarians in the Senate should respect that. The house of Reps is where the legislation should be introduced and the Senate should review it for equality amongst teh states.

  5. Justin

    Powerful writing, glad someone is doing it

  6. maustin

    As for Tony Abbott’s ‘mandate’ I have quote hear by Alexis de Torqueville. ‘”The will of the nation” is one of those phrases, that have been most largely abused by the wily and the despotic’. Sums up Tony Abbott nicely, Tony the Dictator! I call for a ‘peoples revolt’. Also too bad he forgot about Rudd’s ‘mandate’ to implement an ETS. Or the ‘mandate’ of the 52% of the Australian people from the 1998 election that voted against the introduction of the GST by the Coalition. Then we also have that delightful quote by Tony Abbott about the role of the opposition, ‘the role of the opposition is to oppose’. Or does that only work when the Coalition are in opposition and when they are in government all must bow down to them and submit.

  7. zut alors

    Agree strongly with point #6.

    @Glenn Wilson, ‘landslide’ would accurately describe the Queensland Legislative Assembly result in 2012 ie: 74 seats won out of 89 with the ALP retaining a mere 7. Abbott had no landslide, it was a comfortable win.

  8. Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay

    @Minstrel – unless the members of the senate decide to adopt the moral of ‘do unto others as they have done unto you’.

    And just quietly I didn’t hear any of the senate canditates of any persuasion campaigning with the slogan ‘I’ll just review what is proposed and pass what ever the majority in the lower house puts up”

  9. Andybob

    Well I voted against repeal of the Carbon Tax and the composition of the Senate might achieve that. Where’s my man’s date ?

    Also: Guy, get in the van.

  10. Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay

    BTW – Crikey Sweetie Darling, Lovey – what are the actual percentages (% who voted Coalition in the lower house, % who voted Coalition in the upper house)

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