South Australia

Feb 16, 2018

There will be no real winners in the SA election

In politics, the worst crime a leader can commit is to lose the unloseable election.

Tom Richardson

Senior reporter at InDaily

John Hewson managed it back in 1993, and it proved a terminal blow to his authority, not to mention setting the "big target" political strategy back so far that it still hasn’t really recovered.

And, of course, Steven Marshall pulled it off four years ago, although he was largely absolved because by the end the 2014 state poll resembled less an election than some long-lost Franz Kafka novel, and because there was no one else who could credibly lead the party anyway.

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  1. Graham Barry

    Perhaps your correspondent should be reminded that before the last election Bill Shorten made well thought-out promises at regular intervals, which drove the government apoplectic, but resulted in his almost winning an election that was supposed to be a walkover for Turnbull. As far as I can see he has been doing much the same ever since while the government runs around like so many headless chooks.

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