Apr 7, 2014

Palmer, Greens win the West — now Abbott must play ball

The major parties had an unprecedented 58% of the vote in a clear sign voters are looking for alternatives. The Greens, who outspent Labor and the Coalition, were big winners, as was Palmer United.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Saturday’s unprecedented Western Australian Senate election has finally settled the make-up of the chamber’s crossbench after July 1. But Prime Minister Tony Abbott might have a few more weeks to wait until he can be sure of the strength of his government’s hand.


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19 thoughts on “Palmer, Greens win the West — now Abbott must play ball

  1. Raaraa

    The focus too often has been Lib vs Lab or Lab + Greens vs Coalition or even Lab + Greens vs Coalition + PUP.

    Realistically, it looks more like it’s Lib + Lab vs the others and there has been a significant downward trend for totals votes going for the Big 2 parties.

    To those who say that minor parties are irrelevant were dismissing the fact that most governments in the past have had to negotiate with crossbenches to get bills through.

  2. peterh_oz

    Multiple and strong second-tier parties is good for our democracy, although the vested interest and bankrolling of PUP worries me. But any reduction in the dupoply is a bonus. If only the House of Reps had the same/similar system as in the Senate (ie proportional representation, such as in NZ), we might see some actual democracy and real debate there too.

  3. John Anderson

    The Senate preference voting ticket for HEMP shows Labor being preferenced before PUP. Then the Greens. HEMP’s 1% will therefore flow to Labor’s Pratt, not PUP. One small hope for Labor is that if PUP’s primary vote falls from 12.49% to say under 12% once pre-polls et al are counted, then the PUP will have to swallow up even more micro party preferences to get a quota. It means fewer right-of-centre micro party preferences would flow to the LIBs who will need every preference it can get to gain three quotas.

  4. William Bowe

    You are quite correct, John. Apologies – scratch HEMP from my list of PUP preference feeders.

  5. zut alors

    ‘…the PUP bloc (assuming the latter holds together).’

    That’s a big assumption.

    I imagine Palmer’s finger puppets will behave themselves initially but, once they breathe the air in Canberra, we should not be surprised by any fallouts. Can’t wait to see Clive’s face when he eventually realises he can’t simply sack anyone who refuses to toe the line.

  6. John Ryan

    West Australians are going to find out what voting for a Carpetbagger really means,Palmer is the ultimate Carpetbagger
    and the mugs fell for it hook line and sinker.
    WA voters will live to regret this

  7. The Pav

    It will be interesting to see how honest the PUP is using the defintion that an honest politician is one who when bought stays bought because Abbott will be totally reckless in the political bribes that he offers to obtain PUP votes.

    His problem is that Palmer will out negotiate Abbott by the length of the straight and the cost will be horrendous

  8. Elvis

    An extraordinary result for PUP senator-elect Wang. An engineer born and educated in China, he arrived in Australia in 2003 and became an Australian citizen in 2009. I wish him all the very best, and hope Clive treats him decently.
    Wang has some sensible views on the environment (e.g. renewable energy) but how can Wang possibly express an equal opinion in the party room when Clive had him elected off his own money and personality?

  9. Tyger Tyger

    It’s been entertaining reading LNP and ALP supporters go after each other on various blogs following this result:
    “You’re the loser!”
    “No, you’re the loser!”
    I agree!
    And the report in The Age today of union and faction heavyweight Bill Shorten saying Labor had to reform to be relevant. Reform what exactly, Bill? The disproportionate influence of union and faction heavyweights?

  10. CML

    Who cares about the morons in WA? This was a Senate byelection ONLY, and even if the low Labor vote is repeated at the next federal election, it will make virtually no difference to the final outcome. Federal elections are won and lost largely in NSW and Vic.
    The voters in WA were li+d to by Palmer, about the GST, and they lapped it up like the fools they are. Palmer cannot and never will influence the GST state split, and WA has to learn to live with the fact that they have more than their fair share of mining riches. What they conveniently forget over there, is that the other states topped up their finances in WA for over 100 years, until the mineral deposits were discovered. And today, they want more, more, more – just like the selfish bast+rds they are.
    So – when you have dug up all the riches over there, and squandered the profits, you will be back for more of other states money. Change your ways, or it may not happen!

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