iSentia Index

Apr 9, 2014

iSentia index: WA Senate and ICAC get people talking

The ICAC hearing and WA Senate do-over kept party leaders at the forefront of political discussion across the country.

Patrick Baume

iSentia Group Communications Manager

Senator Arthur Sinodinos jumped following his somewhat absent-minded appearance before ICAC, and Trade Minister Andrew Robb with the signing of the Japan FTA, but it was the WA Senate election do-over that dominated the last several days of political commentary, with quite a bit for the pundits to talk about. The Palmer United Party’s good performance after dominating electoral spending during the campaign pushed its leader Clive Palmer all the way up to second. Less expected was an equally strong performance by the Greens, with Senator Scott Ludlam winning a quota in his own right.

Meanwhile both major parties suffered big swings against them. It seemed a clear case of PUP stealing from the Liberal Party and the Greens stealing from Labor, and the PM was quick to claim the swing against the government was completely normal owing to the by-election style conditions. He also claimed it was another massive rejection of the carbon and mining taxes, despite the big increase in the Greens vote, and a slight increase in the Left vote overall — his line largely accepted without much questioning by the media.

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