Labor coast-to-coast rule is unraveling as voters voice their concern about labors failures. Meanwhile the WA election signals discontent with all.
However, would the end of coast-to-coast Labor rule hurt Rudd? Paul Kelly thinks not. >> more
The surprise results in the WA election are less about the relative merits of the major parties than the fact that the electorate can't work out if there's anyone worth voting for The dust has yet to settle after the State election in Western Australia. With the result so tight, are we really looking at a hung parliament, or Labor holding on by an improbable partnership with four Nationals? (It happened briefly in Victoria a long time ago, and lasted only a few weeks.) Or is this just coy game-playing by the Nats' Brendon Grylls, squeezing the best deal he can out of the Liberals in the hours before they sign up for the customary coalition?
Not all agree, in the words of Senator Mitch Fifield on SKY News - AM Agenda this morning:
"... about there being no federal factors at play. I think there were certainly both state and federal factors at play in the West Australian election. Alan Carpenter cynically and opportunistically called an early election. He then did a truly bizarre thing campaigning on fringe issues such as opposition to uranium mining and genetically modified crops. Colin Barnett focussed on the issues that matter to people - law and order, schools and health. And also put the question - where is the benefit of the mining boom for the people of Western Australia? But there were also federal factors at play. In fact, Labor Senator Chris Evans, the Leader of the Government in the Senate, admitted to Kieran Gilbert on Sky’s coverage on Saturday night that grocery prices and petrol prices were a factor in the election. Now if grocery prices and petrol prices were a factor in the election, that means people were walking into the polling booth asking themselves what have federal Labor done about those things that they promised to address. They haven’t addressed them, they were irresponsible in claiming that they could do something about them in the first place and I think that was part of the verdict at the weekend. But what we also saw at the weekend was a rejection of the state Labor do-nothing approach to governing. And that’s an approach that Kevin Rudd has brought to Canberra. Kevin Rudd is running the federal government as though it’s a state Labor government, doing nothing and focussing on spin. So there were certainly both state and federal factors at play."