South Australia

Jan 31, 2014

Labor ‘fatally wounded’ ahead of SA election in Farrell fracas

An extraordinary morning in SA politics has crippled the Labor government ahead of the March state election. InDaily editor David Washington explains what happened.

In a few mad hours this morning, South Australian Labor’s electoral hopes have been damaged irreversibly.

Party faithful went to bed last night harbouring outside hopes of an election victory in the SA election on March 15. Today, they are in despair.

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23 thoughts on “Labor ‘fatally wounded’ ahead of SA election in Farrell fracas

  1. grubbidok

    It’s not just the infighting that puts people off, what is utterly astounding about this is that Right-faction leaders still haven’t cottoned on to just how electorally poisonous their members are electorally.

    People see the Labor party as a Centre-left one. Jokers like Farrell are the kinds of people swing to the Liberals to vote in. No wonder people won’t vote Labor as long as Labor Right remains dominant.

    Before people pick me up yes I know that Labor “right” isn’t as right-wing as the LNP is more centrist with a social conservative bent. However, the fact remains they are still far too right for Labor’s core constituency, and those whose right-wing or conservative values do align with the Faction end up voting for the ‘real thing’ and getting LNP govs anyway. Labor will always face an uphill battle while the Right are in charge.

    What is truly amazing, however, is that when you gauge popularity of policies, reactions to policies etc, Australia seems to be yearning for a centre-left government in the social democratic tradition. But no-one, even Labor, wants to give them one. Labor could actually be the ‘natural party of government’ in Australia if it wanted to, it just appears to prefer destroying itself instead.

  2. Matt

    The Right of the ALP (at least the bit of it fellas like Farrell hail from) are much akin to christian democrats in the European sense.

  3. Stuart Coyle

    I’m constantly surprised by how self destructive the Labor party at both state and federal level has become. There seems to be constant infighting and problems with corruption.

    It is time for the party as a whole to decide wether it should exist as one party or split into the parties that the factions seem to want. Also the party needs a good shakeup to remove the corruptible elements. I’m not saying that other parties do not have the same problems with corruption, it is just that Labor seems to have been well and truly infiltrated.

    If this were to happen, the appropriate factional party would possibly gain my vote. The party as it is has not had my vote for a long time.

  4. klewso

    Any wonder coulrophobia is on the increase?
    They couldn’t sell a turd sandwich in Canberra but it’s good enough to pass on to the state?
    How do these clowns think?

  5. tonysee

    Predictions of ‘fatally wounded’ might be a bit ‘courageous’, David.

    I checked the paper that is most likely to ‘make hay’ while this Labor stuff up ‘shines’, ie Murdoch’s Advertiser (at least the on-line version). The headlines read ‘Weatherill stares down Don Farrell’ and ‘I’m in charge and will repel any rivals’. People actually might sit up and take a shine to Premier Bland for showing a little steel.

    Weatherill’s rival — I mean the guy in the other party — is not exactly setting the house on fire.

    Just sayin’

  6. Matt

    On reflection I’m not sure that this is fatal to Weatherill as such. He certainly put the spear through Farrell’s nefarious designs in an emphatic way. Though I must concede this incident whiffs a bit of drama gone awry.

    If Premier Weatherill has electoral problems (and it seems reasonable to conclude that he might) they’re probably not just about the last political gasps of a soon to be ex senator.

  7. Phillip Monk

    I wonder if the Libs and News Corp will try to turn this into the election issue. Until now they hadn’t really played the ‘faceless men’ card in SA. And the Libs in SA have historically been the party with the reputation for infighting.

    Weatherill has now at least actually branded himself as the guy who stood up to the ‘faceless men’ and won. I think the ALP are still long-shots to hold on but the opposition have spent most of the last 12 years in hiding so it’s not a given that they will now inherit government.

  8. Scott

    I’m with Tonysee on this one. I’m more on the right, but we also hate this “oh I lost my seat, but I’ll get preselected somewhere else via a factional sweetheart deal” rubbish.
    The punters respect a bit of courage, especially from a leader. The premier will gain more votes from this in my opinion.
    What would have been a death blow is if Weatherill disapproved but Farrell went ahead and got the preselection.
    Impotence is not a good look; in the bedroom or in politics.

  9. MarilynJS

    Jay was right to cut down Farrell, Farrell tried it on with Gallacher to leave the senate and let him stay, that failed so he tried this on.

    He is a pig who belongs more rightly in the liberal facist party somewhere in Europe.

  10. Mark from Melbourne

    Or maybe, just maybe, people will see someone taking a moral stance that is in the interests of their state and reward him at the ballot box. Bet the media won’t let that happen though.

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