With almost all of the election results in, the future of the great Australian firewall looks ever so slightly wobbly. Broadband for rural areas may however be about to receive a significant boost. Just 150 members sit in Australia’s parliament, so a party with 76 seats has a majority. With something like 80 per cent of the vote …
Blighty leads the way ...
Everyone wants a coalition now!
Didn't the ASP get a seat?
Shame. Almost makes one wish for PR voting.
Although they did rank as the 4th or 5th party in every single state except Tasmania (pulling on average 2-3% of the primary vote). Behind the Lib/Nats, ALP and Greens.
So for a first time run thats actually not too bad... Hopefully in another 3.5 years we will see a better showing! =)
Next time, maybe
Political funding in Australia is distributed based on the vote achieved. The ASP will have a handy little warchest for the next election that should help a lot.
The Firewall is Dead Baby, Dead
It's dead because the Family First senator that formerly held the balance of power in the Senate lost his seat in the election and the Greens (who oppose it) now hold the balance of power. Senator Fielding (an infamous creationist and fundie Christian) was always the driving force behind the internet filter, the government only pushed it to keep him happy so he'd pass their other legislation.
Steve Fielding may yet sneak back in...
But with the Greens holding the balance of power in their own right, he would be irrelevant, and with both the Tories and Greens opposed, the filter is indeed dead.
UK lead the way? Canada got there first
We've been stuck with minority gouvs for a while now in Canada.
I rather like the Belgian method of government, which is not to have one, and to have it resign when they do have one, and for no-one to really notice the difference one way or the other.
Fiona was so close to a Senate seat
Short by 100 votes, apparently.