Victoria

Feb 2, 2018

Poll Bludger: kapow! Batman byelection stuns Feeney, pits Bhathal against Kearney.

David Feeney's resignation is a blessing for the Greens. But the fight isn't over yet.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Alex Bhathal

Labor MP David Feeney's decision to put his political career out of its misery yesterday can't have come easy, but he had three distinct reasons to recognise that the writing was on the wall.

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16 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: kapow! Batman byelection stuns Feeney, pits Bhathal against Kearney.

  1. The Curmudgeon

    Useful for the Bludger to have noted that Feeney had a virtual “negative” personal vote, so presumably, Labor starts with a slightly bigger margin than the 2016 election indicated.
    While Batman is not in this category, possibly down the track with other seats, worth remembering that no federal opposition party has lost a seat to the governing party in a by-election since 1920, and that was when the sitting Labor member was expelled from parliament for uttering republican sentiments.
    A comment on the idea that the government will go for a bucket job on Shorten at the next election. Given that these sort of personal attacks are routinely despised by the punters, such attacks would need to be delivered with more efficiency than this bunch of donkeys would seem capable of.
    Am not the president of the Shorten fan club, but one clue to how a person might govern might lie in how they went as a minister (when they had been one- Whitlam, Hawke and Rudd hadn’t). Shorten seems to have done at least OK, whereas Turnbull was a dud as a minister and has been a dud as a PM. Just a thought.

  2. Sleuth

    I for one who would not be concerned if the Greens won Batman. It’s not likely to happen, as Labor have a strong candidate
    In Ged Kearney, who would give the electorate a much higher profile than Bhatahl would in an incoming Labor government.

    1. mary wood

      Ged Kearney may have a high profile, but as the leader of the nurses’ union (the ANMF) she was remarkable weak, continuing the succession of weak leaders, also she hardly set the world on fire as head of the ACTU

  3. Sleuth

    I for one who would not be concerned if the Greens won Batman. It’s not likely to happen, as Labor have a strong candidate
    In Ged Kearney, who would give the electorate a much higher profile than Bhatahl would in an incoming Labor government.

  4. Edward roberts

    As a passionate fan of mixed metaphor, I was delighted with no fewer than five little fellas cutting the mustard in the first two paras.

    I read on!

  5. AR

    I look forward to a Green win as it will show gumBoil Shlernt that maintaining his body temperature & not falling out of his chair do not an election winner make.
    The sooner Labor wake up that an alliance, even a non aggression pact would suffice, with the Greens are their only hope in the rapidly on-rushing future.

  6. Mike Smith

    Five previous losses isn’t a good reason?

    1. Phillip Walker

      And in that time taking the Green vote from under 12% to above 36%, mostly on a shoestring budget.

    2. shea mcduff

      I checked out Bhathal/Greens vote at her last 5 attempts [except 2007 when she was not a candidate].
      Primary vote first, then swing from previous election, then 2 candidate/party preferred if applicable.
      2001 11.58%, +6.98%, NA
      2004 13.93%, +2.54%, NA
      2010 23.48%, +6.31%, 42.14%
      2013 26.40%, +2.65%, 42.25%
      2016 36.23%, +9.83%, 48.97%

  7. Norm

    Kristina Keneally in Bennelong was simply another example of Labor at its expedient worst.

    1. Norm

      And replacing Disastiary with her in the Senate is Labor at its worstest worst.

  8. Steve H

    At the federal election the Liberals received just shy of 20% of the vote and their How to vote card preferenced Labor ahead of the Greens. They won’t be standing this time around and I can’t really see their supporters choosing a trade union leader. Surely the Greens have got this.

    1. Xoanon

      Yes I did wonder if standing a union official (no matter how talented) was the best strategy for Labor. The mere mention of unions brings some old-school Lib voters out in hives.

  9. Eureka Stockade

    If Greens win Batman byelection, and inner Melbourne seats at next state election later this year , Victoria will become a Marxist state because ALP will be forced to use Greens support voting block to form government , very bad times indeed it will be for Victoria ??

    1. Xoanon

      “Victoria will become a Marxist state”

      This stuff is beyond silly. Check out the Greens’ actual policies, very much in line with what the majority of Australians support.

      1. Eureka Stockade

        I have hope, Milo Y, Jordan Peterson, David Leyonhjelm, Mark Latham, Ross Cameron, is starting to get some traction in the narrative, lets hope Victoria get a overdose of Red Pills and wake up to the Quasi Marxist state Victoria is heading to ??

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