Eco-rout down under: 'A mini-van will have more seats than the Labour party in the new parliament.'

Australians come to their senses – March 24th will be remembered as the day they collectively said “we’re tired of this sh**” Commenter “truthseeker” writes in comments:

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Anthony,

You may want to refer to Jo Nova’s latest post about the results of a state election down under.

Now for all of you nice people from the USA who may not think state elections are that big a deal if you do not live in that state, please remember that we only have 6 states and 2 territories, not 50 like you guys. We just had an election in Queensland, one of our most economically important states, especially for mineral wealth representing about a quarter of the population. Before the election the Labour (think Democrat) held a small majority in the 89 seat Lower House (House of Representatives).

With over 70% of the vote counted, the results are;

Liberal / National Party coalition (think Republicans – sort of) – 78 seats

Labour (think Democrat) – 7 seats

KAP (new party – think TEA party with less logic and more strangeness) – 2 seats

Independents – 2 seats.

A mini-van will have more seats than the previously incumbent Labour party in the new parliament.

I have one word for this … OUCH!

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Jo Nova writes:

Those devastating Queensland Election Results: Voters hate lies and the Carbon Tax

UPDATE: Is this a record? Has there ever been a loss this bad in Australian history? Conservatives likely to win 74 seats of an 89 seat parliament.

Labor was reduced to only 11 seats in 1974, and on latest counting tonight appeared set to retain only nine seats. Some analysts put the figure even lower, at seven. This would mean Labor falling short of official party status and relying on the incoming LNP government to grant it party offices, staff and resources. The Queensland Greens failed to win a seat and suffered a fall in support. [The Australian]

This is thread for all those who want to comment on this election. According to Bolt, things are not just bad, they’re seriously awful for the Labor Party. Newspoll says LNP (conservatives) 55%, Labor 26%. Channel Nines polls says Labor could be left with less than 10 seats!

The ABC’s election predictor at 8:26 has LNP on 67 seats, Labor on four, others five, doubtful 15. Absolutely catastrophic for Labor. The current leader of the Labor Party in Queensland is Anna Bligh facing a 13% swing against her, and will need preferences just to stay in Parliament.

March 24, 2012, will be remembered as the day the electorate delivered a decisive, devastating blow to an incumbent Labor government. Courier Mail

For non-Australians, Australia has seven states (technically 5 states and 2 territories), and in 2007 all the States and the Federal Government were Labor. Currently Liberal (meaning conservative) governments have won NSW, WA, and Vic and now look like taking a landslide in Queensland. These are the four largest states.

http://joannenova.com.au/2012/03/those-devastating-queensland-election-results-voters-hate-lies-and-the-carbon-tax/

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Andrew Bolt has this update:

Queensland election – and why it spells death to Gillard

Andrew Bolt March 24 2012 (5:52pm)

Here is the bottom line from the rout of Labor in today’s Queensland election – the line that spells doom for Julia Gillard, too.

Premier Anna Bligh, 2008:

I will not kick (Queensland households) when they are down and I will not abolish the petrol subsidy.

Three months after the 2009 election:

THE Bligh government will scrap its 8.35 cent per litre fuel subsidy and hold a multi-billion dollar fire sale of State-owned assets to offset a plunge in revenues during the global financial crisis.

And that was already that, as the next Galaxy poll showed, two months later:

There has been a dramatic swing to the Opposition, with a 59-41 lead on a two-party-preferred basis – a 10 point swing from the March 21 state election… And Ms Bligh’s popularity rating has hit an all-time low for a Queensland premier at 33 per cent.

Remind you of anyone?:

Anna Bligh broke a pre-election promise, and hiked up people’s bills. She immediately lost the public’s trust and never regained it, although got a brief sugar hit during the 2011 floods.

Julia Gillard broke a pre-election promise, and is already hiking up people’s bills. She immediately lost the public’s trust and never regained it.

The analogy still not close enough?

Sky News exit polls show voters were most concerned about the Cost of Living (69 per cent), followed by Delivery of State Services (63 per cent), Carbon Tax (44 per cent)

How do you think Gillard will do in Queensland next year?

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MattN

The clock on Gillard’s political career is now ticking…

HOLY CRAP-POLA!
We’ve seen this BEFORE, where Aussieland and England PRECEED the USA in what happens politically.
Hum, can we say a clean haired, Olympian in the WH? And there being a lot of KEY-STONEs laid for recovery? YEAAAAAA!
Max

mpaul

A question for those in Australia: to what extent did dissatisfaction with climate/energy policy play a role in the defeat? Were there other major economic issues or was energy/environment the battle-ground issue?

Insufficiently Sensitive

Sing tiraloo, sing tiralay,
Labor power is far away.

Ted G

Thank God Australians are waking up from their zombi like state. It’s amazing what government caused price increases and bully boy tactics will do, even the most ardent Labor/ALP/Socialist supporters are getting royally P***ed off. Enough of them pop their heads out of the sand to say that’s it mate your gone!

John A

I think breaking promises (public promises) made solemnly during the election must have been a large factor. Unpopularity of the federal government (prop: J. Gillard) helped as well. Carbon taxes maybe. Extra taxes on mining (a Robin Hood tax that will surely backfire).
The other factor was the extraordinarily negative campaigning by Anna Bligh and the Queensland Labour Party. What were they thinking?

Richard Sharpe

Andrew, in one of those strange twists of history, they actually spell it the Labor party in Australia (and it has to do with an American-born former prime minister or some such.)

pat

Not only did Gillard break a direct promise, but she proves herself to be a ruthless ideologue that will stop at absolutely nothing to put her political agenda into practice. By all appearance, I believe she enjoys causing harm to others.
We are similarly burdened here in the USA.

Gary Pearse

I’m heartened. We more retiring types always admired Aussie take-no-guff orneriness and edgy willfulness. I bumped into quite a few naughty downunder sprites in Europe during the 60s hitchhiker invasion. Crocodile Dundee (a bit of Scottish orneriness also in his genes) was a hit because we all believed the character. I had despaired at how well you all were behaving yourselves these last few decades. Give ’em, er, heck!

Nerd

Tea Party isn’t that strange. Where did you get that idea from? It’s more about personal responsibility and demand accountable from federal gov’t (smaller gov’t, cut wasteful spending, less corruption). You may want to take another look at U.S. Constitution… That’s what we demand that they follow the rules and leave us alone (we the people)… We have much more common sense, that’s for sure.

bubbagyro

More from the “I was a sleeping giant, now I’m awake” front:
India has barred its airlines from complying with the European Union carbon tax scheme, joining China in resistance to plans that have caused a backlash among the EU’s trade partners.
The European Union imposed a carbon levy on air travel with effect from January 1, but no airline will face a bill until 2013 after this year’s carbon emissions have been tallied.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh told parliament on Thursday that “the imposition of carbon tax does not arise” because Indian airlines would simply refuse to hand over their emissions data.
“Though the European Union has directed Indian carriers to submit emission details of their aircraft by March 31, 2012, no Indian carrier is submitting them in view of the position of the government,” he said.
India’s resolution to boycott the scheme follows China’s decision last month to prevent its airlines from complying with the EU directive.
The two Asian giants have attacked the EU scheme, calling it a unilateral trade levy disguised as an attempt to fight climate change.

RockyRoad

There’s only one appropriate response (especially considering where OZ is):

Latitude

conservatives don’t poll….
….they hang up

tmitsss

What are the chances that when James Cameron gets to the bottom of the Challenger Deep and looks out the porthole he will see Julia G’s reelection chances?

Ian W

bubbagyro says:
March 24, 2012 at 10:47 am
More from the “I was a sleeping giant, now I’m awake” front:
India has barred its airlines from complying with the European Union carbon tax scheme, joining China in resistance to plans that have caused a backlash among the EU’s trade partners.
The European Union imposed a carbon levy on air travel with effect from January 1, but no airline will face a bill until 2013 after this year’s carbon emissions have been tallied.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh told parliament on Thursday that “the imposition of carbon tax does not arise” because Indian airlines would simply refuse to hand over their emissions data.
“Though the European Union has directed Indian carriers to submit emission details of their aircraft by March 31, 2012, no Indian carrier is submitting them in view of the position of the government,” he said.
India’s resolution to boycott the scheme follows China’s decision last month to prevent its airlines from complying with the EU directive.
The two Asian giants have attacked the EU scheme, calling it a unilateral trade levy disguised as an attempt to fight climate change.

China is doing more than boycotting the scheme, it has put any orders for new Airbus aircraft on hold:
GENEVA (AP) — The head of Airbus says up to 2,000 jobs are at risk because Chinese airlines have frozen orders for 55 jets worth $14 billion in protest at the European Union’s emissions trading plan.
Airbus CEO Tom Enders says the move jeapordizes 1,000 jobs at the company in Europe and another 1,000 in its supply chain. Enders spoke Thursday at an airline industry meeting in Geneva.
The EU introduced the trading system at the start of the year as part of European efforts to reduce global warming. Airlines flying to or from Europe must obtain certificates for carbon dioxide emissions. The United States, China, Russia, India and many other countries are opposed and say the bloc cannot impose taxes on flights outside its own airspace.

http://news.yahoo.com/airbus-2-000-jobs-risk-over-china-order-152350748.html
and
“Aircraft sales are different from selling wine or cars, you can’t switch the sales button from off to on from one day to another. A red traffic light in aircraft sales can destroy years of sales efforts and damage-repair will take years,” said Rainer Ohler, head of Airbus public affairs and communications.”
http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/03/china-halts-10-more-airbus-orders-trade.html
The Brussels European Commission bureaucrats are hoping to put pressure on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) a UN Agency, to put in place a global emissions trading scheme for aircraft operators. It would appear to have backfired but they cannot afford to lose face and back down. Airbus cannot afford the argument.

tmitsss

What are the odds that when James Cameron gets to the bottom of the Challenger Deep and looks out the porthole he’ll see Julia G’s reelection chances?

JaneHM

And this is how climate change regulations will be implemented in NSW (the Australian state south of Queensland)
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/fighting-on-the-beaches-as-council-orders-retreat-from-climate-change-threat/story-e6frg6nf-1226308725029

Josh Grella

Nerd says:
March 24, 2012 at 10:39 am
Well said, Nerd. Sooooo many people have the wrong idea about what the Tea Party is all about. The majority of people I have talked to about it think they are a bunch of whacko loners, militia types, and racist and/or anti-government types. It stems from the coverage from most of the MSM in this country. They find a couple people at a Tea Party rally who fit that whacko label and interview them exclusively to misrepresent the ideology of the movement to America. Much like the entire GoreBullWarming movement, once rational, critically thinking people look into it they realize what each side is really about.

Jimbo

The climate is a changin’ in more ways than one. Let us all hope we are soon out of this co2 (funding scam / tax) insanity.

DonS

This is not the first mutiny against a member of the family Bligh in or near the Antipodes. The first caused the loss of the Bounty and this one seems to be due to the loss of bounty. Good on yer mates. Now sink the lifeboat.

Skiphil

Great news — let’s hope this is the start of some major shakeups of the pompous, complacent “watermelon” elites worldwide!

polistra

Beautiful! Especially fine for Australia which has (until recently) suffered from the Greenest of all the Green tyrannies in the English-speaking world.
But it doesn’t predict anything about future US results. Our two “parties” have rigged the system so nothing can change. Remember what happened the last time R owned all the branches from 2002 through 2007? Nothing. It was exactly the same as having Teddy Kennedy as absolute emperor.

Richard Sharpe

Richard Sharpe says on March 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

Andrew, in one of those strange twists of history, they actually spell it the Labor party in Australia (and it has to do with an American-born former prime minister or some such.)

Hmmmm, make that “Anthony, in one of those …”
REPLY: Just going with the commenter’s spelling…I figured he’d know better than I being a resident of Oz – Anthony

Nerd: I agree with you the Tea Party isn’t strange. I am not sure the author of this post does either. He says KAP is stranger than the Tea Party and less logical. Personally I think most political movements are stranger and far less logical than the Tea Party.

Joe Ryan

Until yesterday Obama considered Australia to be one of America’s strongest allies and thought it really punched above it’s weight.

Anthony Scalzi

Traveling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
Surprisingly appropriate.

Kelvin Vaughan
Frank K.

To the voters in the USA – WE can do the same thing this November. Tired of paying for billions for Climate Ca$h, Green Fails (e.g. Solyndra), unaccountable Green Climate Funds, and draconian EPA regulations? VOTE!!
BTW – voting means voting in people who will restore fiscal and regulatory sanity from the local levels (Mayor, State Rep) up to the President. In fact, your state representatives are arguably more important than the congressional representatives and senators.

John Kettlewell

Does this mean Australia got ‘kochblocked’? Clearly their reach is limitless. When not making paper cups and cardboard boxes, the world kneels before Wichita.
On a side note, I see “6 states and 2 territories” as well as “5 states and 2 territories” up top….off to figure it out myself. I hope the excitement you all exude as residents of Australia converts into good governance; rather than 2 bad options over here.

Steve Oregon

There is a great tsunami of ruin about to rush over the entire planet purging it of the greatest scam in human history.
Exciting times while watching the human race cure one of the worst viruses ever.
Even here in Oregon an uprising is boiling up to end this travesty.
Inevitably can be felt everywhere.

KnR

Its only a question of time before Gillard is dumped by her party in an attempt to save themselves.

simonw

The surfers’ van in the photo is far too functional to be Labour.
I think Compo’s Commer would be about right:
http://www.steamin.in/RDC/Mildenhall120507.htm

Hey, Labor !
How’s that….”Benenovolent Dictator”….thing working for you ?

Don’t get too excited! Looking at the Australian Liberal party’s website they are full of the same climate change bull and solar for 1 million homes rubbish as every other political party.
Vote UKIP (or Tea Party).
Oh, and more Slayers articles please?

cui bono

I’ll just reiterate the congratulations to all Queenslanders proffered earlier on Jo’s blog, and good wishes to the Australians on their future day of national liberation.
Sadly, this leaves the UK as the only major country in the English-speaking world without a clear electoral choice on AGW,etc. Please send help – we will soon be needing portable generators and pre-cooked food.

Stephen Richards

I have known many aussies and worked with them. There was never any doubt in my mind that 3rd generation and before aussie would react. Earlier generations have a concentration of whinging [SNIP: let’s not do that or go there, OK? -REP]
Well done the aussies.

Charles.U.Farley

Tie me Labouroo down sport.
Bye bye carbon tax nutcases.

u.k.(us)

Sounds encouraging.
I await further updates with bated breath.

rw

Given that it’s about getting off the road to serfdom, the Tea Party probably isn’t ‘strange’ enough.

Bryan A

It’s true, and remarkably incomprehensible that, while the Tea Party followers are being misrepresented and falsely vilified in the Main Stream Media, the (Occupy) Trash Wall Street group of thugs are being held in High Regard by the same MSM. What they don’t seem to realize is that, while they are referring to themselves as the 99%, those poor unfortunates that can’t even afford to wipe their backsides without Government subsidies (redistribution of wealth) or “Pulling a Robin Hood scam”, World wide they are the 10% that everyone else will look to take from for the world wide redistribution schemes.
I guess what Dr Savage says is true…”Liberalism IS a Mental Disorder”

Good on yer, mates – that’s a fair dinkum walloping. The party with no members will soon be in the outback drinking in the “pub with no beer”!

Chuck

Hurray for the Australians! I hope some of that sanity spreads to the U.S. next November.
I don’t find the Tea Party strange at all. What I do find strange is the notion that someone who believes in personal responsibility, that government follow the Constitution and operate in a fiscally responsible manner is an extreme right winger….. and that some political leaders can say that in public without fear of losing their job.

Max Hugoson: “We’ve seen this BEFORE, where Aussieland and England PRECEED the USA…”
Man the greenshirts have a stranglehold in Britain. We’ve been hoping that Global Warmery will be rejected by the colonies first, allowing us to catch up with that new zeitgeist. If the AGW scare collapses first in Australia or America or Timbuktu first… well it’s all good news!

crosspatch

New South Wales had a similar result not so very long ago. The Labor party lost seats it had held for 60 years. That’s two states down.

Jenn Oates

Three cheers for all my Aussie friends, let’s hope that we can to the same in this country in November.

Scarface

Congratulations! This is the way to do it.
Hope this will be a leading example for the rest of your country and for other countries as well.
Keep on fighting! Victory is near!

Ten seats for Labor might be overly optimistic; they may well end up with only seven. Cairns was won by the LNP after returning a Labor member for 100 years. Even porn site owner Mark Boothman has won the seat of Gold Coast. Interesting times…

Greg Cavanagh

Labour is one of three major parties in Australia. The National Party died out in the 80’s but often makes a coalition with Liberal in order to gain power.
What I’m saying is; there are lot of life time supporters of the Labour Party. To understand a result like this, you’ve got to understand a lot of life time supporters of Labour have voted elsewhere. I’ve always been a swinging voter, but after the last 10 years of Labour, I’m so furious with their brainless tactics I’ve sworn never to vote Labour again. I hate them with such fury.

George Lawson

The message to President Obama is clear. Ditch all your silly global warming programmes , stop subsidising useless carbon reduction programmes. kick the nation – ruining Green fanatics out of your policy making and get back to running a country with common sense, for the financial benefit of the people rather than burdening them with more and more costs in the ridiculous endeavour to combat non – existant global warming. Ignore all the false scaremongering ‘science’ being put out by those who stand to gain most from promoting the scare. Get back to reality in governing your country and you will stand a chance at getting re elected. Without that policy change, you will be as dead as the Australian Labour Party will be at the next election.

nimbunje

Where is the box when I’m voting that says- None Of The Above- . What choice do I have ? A party (Labor) that wants to tax the atmosphere or Liberal/National Party who want to remove penalty rates -(again) and drive normal Australian’s into serf like conditions (again ) . I vote none of these tools on offer .