On the Bennelong byelection

Kenneth Piaggio writes: Re. “Poll Bludger: what just happened in Bennelong?“(Monday)

“By the historic standards of federal byelections, the 5% swing against the Liberals in Bennelong on Saturday lands almost exactly in the middle of the range”.
Historically, byelections do not have a sitting member contesting their seat as an endorsed candidate of their original party. There is no historical equivalent to a byelection being required because of a technicality — the dual citizenship issue — which seems to leave a degree of voter sympathy and understanding. It seems to me, in this context, a swing of 5% is highly significant. I do not think the current Government can receive any comfort from this result. 

Peter Wileman writes: Re. “Poll Bludger: what just happened in Bennelong?“(Monday)

It hasn’t taken them long, post Bennelong, to institute cuts to education and social services. What part of “democracy” do they not understand? “Demos:” The people. Not the parasitic multinationals, or the dishonest banks.

Get Crikey for $1 a week.

Lockdowns are over and BBQs are back! At last, we get to talk to people in real life. But conversation topics outside COVID are so thin on the ground.

Join Crikey and we’ll give you something to talk about. Get your first 12 weeks for $12 to get stories, analysis and BBQ stoppers you won’t see anywhere else.

Peter Fray
Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey
12 weeks for just $12.