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Monday, March 20, 2006

Elections in SA and Tassie

The ALP won both by quiet a margin. South Australia was basically a repeat of the situation that occurred in Victoria in the 2002 state election. A minority Labor government was re-elected in a land slide after proving that they could govern. The Tassie victory was not as big as the Hare-Clarke System doesn't allow landslides to occur. Needless to say, they are still a long way in front of the Liberals and a very long way in front of the greens.

So what does it mean? Well, basically it means the ALP might appear to be stuffed Federally but are working well at state level. Then again the Liberals are clearly stuffed in all the states. Anyone in the Liberal Party with an talent wants to get into the Federal parliament as it is really not very much fun in opposition.

Also, it means that the two Tasmanian Seats lost by ALP in 2004 are likely to return to the fold in 2007, after the loggers work out that the federal government's workplace deforms are going to stuff them as well.


  • At 7:31 pm, March 20, 2006, Blogger urban creature said…

    Actually, it is possible to win "by a landslide" under the Hare-Clarke system. All you need is at least 67% of the vote in each of the 5 electorates - and voila - that's 20 seats out of a possible 25.

    Just because it's never happened before, doesn't mean it can't happen.

  • At 7:57 pm, March 20, 2006, Blogger B. S. Fairman said…

    Ah, the fun of the Hare-Clarke method. Indeed you can win by a landslide if you get 66.7% of the vote but you don't get a landside at an ordinary election like you do in single member electorate based system. That is not to say it is a bad system.
    Proportential Representation is a very good idea as it allows for more than the stand two party system.


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