Topic archives: 2011 NSW election

Mackerras: parliamentary representation and the case for reform

April 13, 2012 2

I think that the interests of good government are best served by giving the single biggest party a bonus when votes are translated into seats.

Hey Pauline Hanson’s mole, if you’re reading this: please explain

June 9, 2011 60

Pauline Hanson stands to lose a fortune in legal fees after the man who leaked her emails purporting to show a vote-rigging cover-up failed to show up in court yesterday. It now appears the whistleblower may not exist at all.

Pauline Hanson just falls short in NSW

April 12, 2011 14

Former One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, running as an independent, narrowly lost to the Greens for the last position in the NSW election.

Richardson: Labor’s shadows line up in NSW

April 8, 2011

With Labor having lost 60% of its lower house seats, the upper house inevitably takes a greater weight in the parliamentary party.

A striking set of numbers in New South Wales

April 4, 2011 2

A week after the massacre, and the New South Wales election is wrapping up. The last doubtful seat in the lower house was decided on Friday, when the Greens claimed victory in Balmain — comfortably from the Liberals on preferences, but by just 205 votes ahead of Labor at the critical point. (They will almost […]

The NSW blame game continues

April 4, 2011 4

Crikey readers weigh in on John Robertson, Andrew Bolt and Dick Smith.

Gillard may deny it, but Greens and ALP overlap in minds of voters

April 4, 2011 8

Julia Gillard might want to distance Labor from those "extremist" Greens but a large proportion of Labor voters are not having a bar of it, writes Hall Greenland, editor-in-chief of The Week.

Green wins Balmain and joins an exclusive club

April 4, 2011 8

The last remaining uncertainty about the composition of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly was resolved with a full preference distribution delivering Balmain to the Greens.

News Ltd War on the Greens tactic #1: make stuff up

April 1, 2011

On The Punch editor David Penberthy claimed the Greens chose to direct preferences to Pauline Hanson ahead of the ALP during the NSW election. That is completely untrue, writes Jeremy Sear.

Mayne: will collapse of NSW Right empower Gillard on pokies?

March 31, 2011 4

Despite all the doom and gloom about the future of Labor in NSW, the party has the key ingredient to survive: robust financial health.

Is Can-do Campbell a risk for the LNP?

March 31, 2011

Campbell "Can-do" Newman has little experience in party rules or government and his swift maneuver into state politics poses risks for the LNP. Graeme Orr explains.

A dozen handy hints for how to rebuild NSW Labor

March 31, 2011

After the NSW election bloodbath, what should Labor do next? How can they rebuild? The Political Sword presents a dozen tips for how the party can get back on track.

Mythbusting Labor’s woes and the decline of social capital

March 31, 2011 8

The travails of the New South Wales Labor Party following Saturday’s catastrophic election defeat have revived talk of the urgent need for party reform, writes Mark Bahnisch of blog Larvatus Prodeo.

NSW election: good news and bad news for Greens

NSW election: good news and bad news for Greens

March 30, 2011 10

There are still a few doubtful seats in the lower house in NSW. But attention has turned to the Legislative Council -- and Pauline Hanson is not done with yet.

There’s no sense in trying to govern forever

March 30, 2011

Politicians naturally campaign to get elected and re-elected, but the "govern forever," "hold on for dear life" mind frame can end badly. Last week's NSW election is a fine example, writes Dennis Glover.

Carbon derangement in NSW

March 30, 2011

A narrative is starting to build that NSW Labor's defeat last Saturday is a result of the federal government's announcement of a carbon tax. Such an argument is insulting and illogical, writes Dave Gaukroger.

Good news and bad news for NSW Greens

Good news and bad news for NSW Greens

March 29, 2011 3

There are still a few doubtful seats in New South Wales, with most of the remaining interest focused on the legislative council.

ALP wake: after the vodka wore off, the whine kicked in

March 28, 2011 18

On a election day with a entirely predictable outcome, it was great to live in an electorate where your vote actually counted. By 6.30pm, I'd heard all the conspiracy theories and so headed off to the Randwick Labor Club to wait for Kristina.

No precedents for depths plumbed by Labor vote

March 28, 2011 47

There is little about NSW Labor at present that offers cause for optimism about its regenerative capacities.

Abbott should learn from O’Farrell’s approach

Abbott should learn from O’Farrell’s approach

March 28, 2011 4

When a government is really bad it does not need an Opposition Leader to tell the people. They know it.