federal election 2010

At the time of writing, it seems likely that neither of Australia’s major parties scored a win in today’s election, which is about right, as neither deserved to win, imho.

I believe this will be the first ‘hung’ federal parliament Australia has seen for 70 years.

I’m sure many people were clear and certain about how to vote today, but I was not sure what I was going to do until I literally was staring at the ballot papers in the voting booth. I do not recall ever experiencing such a tedious, feeble, uninspiring federal election campaign and I do not recall ever feeling so disaffected by the whole process.


~ by Garry on August 21, 2010.

6 Responses to “federal election 2010”

  1. So what happens now? Does the Governor General have to appoint?

  2. Well, yes, the GG always ‘commissions’ a Government on behalf of the Crown anyway (can you believe it?! in the 21st century!) but it may well be a bit trickier for her this time around.
    I don’t know whether it comes down to whichever party has more seats in Parliament or more votes, but I guess each side will try to cobble together a deal with the 4 or so wild cards (3 or 4 Independents and 1 Green) and go to the GG and put the case that they have the best chance of governing – a bit like they did in England earlier in the year.
    In a way, I think it may prove to be a good thing. It could be destabilising, but then again it could just open up the windows and let some fresh air into a very stuffy system and improve some things.

  3. more on the role of the GG…

    What is the Governor-General’s role?

    Constitutional experts say there’s nothing explicit about hung Parliaments in Australia’s Constitution. Instead, these situations are resolved via a set of unwritten rules originating in the United Kingdom. Despite being unwritten, these conventions are considered clear and well-established.

    Under these conventions, the governor-general acts on the advice of the caretaker prime minister.

    If Ms Gillard is able to win enough support from the independents and Mr Bandt, she would advise Ms Bryce that she intended to form a government. Ms Bryce would then swear in Ms Gillard and her ministers, and Labor would test its support on the floor of Parliament via a no-confidence motion brought by the Opposition.

    The fresh government would need the support of 76 members to survive the vote.

    If, on the other hand, it becomes clear that the Coalition has won enough support to form a government, the usual course of events would be for Ms Gillard to resign and advise Ms Bryce to send for Liberal leader Tony Abbott.

    • Wow…that is a messed up system.

      There is no democracy in that action. Are the ‘members’ voted in or appointed?

      I would like to operate via a set of unwritten rules…no matter how clear and well-established they are.

  4. well, it isn’t as bad as it might sound, and don’t forget that a ‘hung parliament’ (wherein no party has a majority) is pretty rare. Not sure who you refer to as ‘members’ – do you mean members of parliament? They are very much like your members of congress – elected by districts.
    I get the feeling it is a mixed blessing to have our major parties forced to negotiate with a few tough-nut independents (who are poles apart as individuals) in order to form government. You wouldn’t want it to be the norm, but just occasionally, it might well serve as a wake-up call to politicians (and their minders) that thinking voters expect a lot more substance, integrity and candour in the people and parties they vote for.
    Interesting times.

  5. btw, that last post from ‘anonymous’ was from me. Don’t know why I wasn’t logged in at the time.

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