While the Coalition is yet to officially have the numbers to form government, they are well placed to gain a slim majority in the House of Representatives and Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has claimed the win:

“You would have to say that we are an election-winning machine in the Liberal Party. Labor has won one election out of the last eight and there has been one hung parliament.”

“The truth is Labor lost the election; the Liberal Party won it; it’s our sixth victory out of the last eight; we are the Hawthorn of Australian politics.”

We’re sure that former Liberal Victorian premier and former Hawthorn football club president Jeff Kennett loves the analogy. Ms Tips could suggest other similarities between Hawthorn and the Liberals, but it would just be seen as a cheap shot by a fan whose team has experienced less recent success as Hawthorn. Pyne’s theory also holds some weight because 2010 — the year of the hung parliament — was also the year of the drawn grand final between Collingwood and St Kilda, in which fans had to sit through a replay grand final to determine the winner (after then PM Julia Gillard had said that was exactly what the public didn’t need). That drawn game has been set to music and will be performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall in September. Perhaps we’ll also get a musical version of that term of government as well?

Peter Fray

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