2013 Federal Election - 7th September

 
  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
Bob Carr likely to resign as well according to media.

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  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Hardly unusual for MPs from the ex government side quitting shortly after the election. Perhaps in the case of the PM, they should be allowed to step down and replaced with a nominee from that party just like a senate vacancy Idea
"Groundrelay"
Certainly not! It's the idea of losing a by-election is one of the things that keeps such (bat and ball) resignations from happening.
  2301 Train Controller

Location: Banned
What a breath of fresh air Michael Costa and Warren Mundine are.  Seen them talk on the Bolt Report and couldn't agree with them more on their opinions about what is wrong with the Labor party.
  Black Hoppers Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Bob Carr likely to resign as well according to media.
"simont141"


Yeah that would be right gutless wonder he is, maybe his mates at Macquarrie bank have kept the grubs old chair warm for his return.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

And let me guess, the Daily TeleRubbish & the other News Crop papers have a "happy" story on their front pages?

We think that the Liberals and Nationals should be counted as separate parties.

If the Coalition was counted as separate parties, at the moment it would be 57 seats each for both Labor & Liberals.
(http://vtr.aec.gov.au/)

I think the PUP are to preference Family First, which will give their preferences to Liberals.
So no matter what way a person preferences, your vote will eventually go to either Labor or Liberal.

Should we be getting rid of preferential & compulsory (includes signing name off) voting
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
I know people say it is for checks and balances but if people don't like what a Government stands for well that is what elections are for; leave it up to the people to decide - not the whacky Senators.
2301

Can't have it both ways on that one - Abbott (in July last year) initially used the Senate to block changes Labor tried to make to stop the flow of boats and then blamed them when the boats kept coming.  Tony might whinge now that he's PM but they've used it themselves as a political tool quite a bit in the past.
  2301 Train Controller

Location: Banned
Can't have it both ways on that one - Abbott (in July last year) initially used the Senate to block changes Labor tried to make to stop the flow of boats and then blamed them when the boats kept coming.  Tony might whinge now that he's PM but they've used it themselves as a political tool quite a bit in the past.
don_dunstan
Even more reason Don to get rid of the Senate.  I just can't see the point in electing a Government to pass legislation only to have the business of Government obstructed by people and/or parties with their own agenda.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Labor primary vote lowest in 100 years.
simont141
But still higher than the Libs.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Even more reason Don to get rid of the Senate.  I just can't see the point in electing a Government to pass legislation only to have the business of Government obstructed by people and/or parties with their own agenda.
2301
Fair point.  Originally the senate was supposed to stop the larger states like NSW and VIC running roughshod over the smaller ones; the election of those senators on the smallest of margins (what was it, 11,000 or so first preferences for the Motoring Party?) kinda makes a mockery of our political process.  One of my friends suggested on the weekend that this could be solved by allowing preferential voting above the line; maybe that should be seriously considered.  I don't think you'll ever get consensus on abolishing the senate completely though.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
2301 wants absolute power because the new mob suits his political leaning. Hardly surprising !
However inconvenient a two house parliament does provide checks and balances that many countries don't enjoy.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
2301 wants absolute power because the new mob suits his political leaning. Hardly surprising !
However inconvenient a two house parliament does provide checks and balances that many countries don't enjoy.
cootanee
TBF even Paul Keating called the Senate "unrepresentative swill"

On the other hand most of the word's democracies operate on a two tier system, so it ain't likely to change anytime soon.

(probably could well do without upper houses at a state level though)
  CraigW Assistant Commissioner

And let me guess, the Daily TeleRubbish & the other News Crop papers have a "happy" story on their front pages?

We think that the Liberals and Nationals should be counted as separate parties.

If the Coalition was counted as separate parties, at the moment it would be 57 seats each for both Labor & Liberals.
(http://vtr.aec.gov.au/)

I think the PUP are to preference Family First, which will give their preferences to Liberals.
So no matter what way a person preferences, your vote will eventually go to either Labor or Liberal.

Should we be getting rid of preferential & compulsory (includes signing name off) voting
Newcastle Express

The Liberal and national parties are in a formal Coalition and have been for many years. You can see the share that each party gets of the 2PP but they are combined seat wise. The ALP and Greens are always welcome to formalise their arrangements if they so wish and share power.

Craig W
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
The Liberal and national parties are in a formal Coalition and have been for many years. You can see the share that each party gets of the 2PP but they are combined seat wise. The ALP and Greens are always welcome to formalise their arrangements if they so wish and share power.

Craig W
"Craigw"
Nah, Labor and the Greens are fair weather friends at best.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

So Abbott, when are you going to turn the Asylum Seeker/illegal migrant boat around that arrived today, under YOUR (repeat YOUR) watch?
Newcastle Express
Now sure, he may still be prime minister elect, but Tony Abbott (according to the news) that this policy of turning the boats around would start immediately.

Wonder how soon this "immediately" will start?
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Now sure, he may still be prime minister elect, but Tony Abbott (according to the news) that this policy of turning the boats around would start immediately.

Wonder how soon this "immediately" will start?
"Newcastle Express"
Um, well after he has assumed office might be a good time to start, right now Abbott is not in control of anything.

The second page might be of some benefit to you to understand where the nation is at right now...

http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/sep/09/kevin-rudd-resignation-letter

Clearly we're still on 'Rudd's watch' in your parlance.
  fabricator Chief Commissioner
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
TBF even Paul Keating called the Senate "unrepresentative swill"

On the other hand most of the word's democracies operate on a two tier system, so it ain't likely to change anytime soon.

(probably could well do without upper houses at a state level though)
bingley hall
Having a Senate as a house of review helps makes our democracy more robust. However how people get elected on such small numbers is an issue.

Some FAIR options that have been floated in the media. Simplest would be to allow voters to number candidates against the number of senate seats up for election i.e. 1 to 6 and remove above the line nominating.
  donttellmywife Chief Commissioner

Location: Antofagasta
One of my friends suggested on the weekend that this could be solved by allowing preferential voting above the line; maybe that should be seriously considered.  I don't think you'll ever get consensus on abolishing the senate completely though.


There is an existing solution, though it requires voters to be rather patient and to be able to count up to 110 odd.  Actually, its probably easier and more maliciously satisfying if you start at the end and count backwards.

The senate still, to some extent, does stop the bigger states from crushing the little ones.  As an ex-qlder, having an upper house strikes me as a good thing.

Some FAIR options that have been floated in the media. Simplest would be to allow voters to number candidates against the number of senate seats up for election i.e. 1 to 6 and remove above the line nominating.


That's just a variant on first past the post.  While it might be simple I don't think that's a particularly fair system.

If you have a look at the senate tickets for the Victorian representatives, you start to see why the relatively obscure motoring enthusiasts party got a member across the line.  Effectively you can thank those who voted above the line for any of Family First, Bank Reform, Australian Fishing and Lifestyle, Shooters and Fishers, Palmer United, Stable Population, Senator Online and Building Australia, plus perhaps some others.  Basically a reasonable number of the top of the line groups had this party relatively high in their list of preferences (all these little obscure, almost single issue parties seem to prefer other obscure, almost single issue parties) - combine that with a bit of a major party protest vote, and voila!  Obscure party gets elected!

(Edit to add that you can thank the Rise up Australia and Help End Help Prohibition mobs too.)
  Black Hoppers Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Loving how labor is so useless they cannot even get someone to put their hand up to lead the mob, perhaps they need a Judas goat to lead them like the mob of sheep they are.

Oh wait they already tried that with krud didnt they.
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Loving how labor is so useless they cannot even get someone to put their hand up to lead the mob, perhaps they need a Judas goat to lead them like the mob of sheep they are.

Oh wait they already tried that with krud didnt they.
Black Hoppers
It's not going to happen overnight, as Labor need to find a leader that both factions of the party can get behind and support. If they can't operate as a cohesive team, then we're doomed to a Liberal leadership indefinately.

I suppose it's on par with the shenanigans that the Liberals had to go through to arrive at Tony Abbott. I'm still curious to know why Turnball is no longer in the top spot, and suspect it's only a matter of time before Abbott is turfed out, or is forced to step down - it's already happened in Victoria with Toorak Ted being replaced by Naptheline. The Liberal Party are not immune to leadership spills.
  Black Hoppers Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Apparently according to CH10 news there are lots of Labor members calling for krudd to quit the labor party alltogether and 3 days after the election still no one wants the job.
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Apparently according to CH10 news there are lots of Labor members calling for krudd to quit the labor party alltogether and 3 days after the election still no one wants the job.
Black Hoppers
You've pretty much already made that point already, to which I've answered. Abbott has also said that parliament might not sit until November, so the Labor Party has a little time to get their stuff together.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
I'm still curious to know why Turnball is no longer in the top spot, and suspect it's only a matter of time before Abbott is turfed out, or is forced to step down - it's already happened in Victoria with Toorak Ted being replaced by Naptheline.
Barrington Womble
Turnbull is really in the wrong party, he is more left than most in the Labor Party.  
He still follows the Labor line on global warming and is totally out of step with the rest of the party.
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
Turnbull is really in the wrong party, he is more left than most in the Labor Party.  
He still follows the Labor line on global warming and is totally out of step with the rest of the party.
Donald


That's right get rid of anyone that still has a social conscience. Rolling Eyes

Time for the so called Liberal Party to drop that charade.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Didn't say anything about getting rid of him.   Just that he won't be leader again.

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