It’s not only in Britain that postal and proxy votes are harvested and used to win seats by ‘well-organised’ left wing political parties. This week’s Australian election which would otherwise have thrown out the Labor Government, is now stuck with a Hung Parliament, and according to the commentators, the reason is postal voting, or as they call it, the government’s ‘superior’ postal voting operation.
AV also is being blamed for the cock-up of an election result
From Political Betting comments
If Labour get in, they will have to bend over to numerous Green demands on climate change and introducing a carbon tax on urban and rural industry polluters. Something which the other indcependents would not want as it would hit the costs of their constituents.
I explained 6 weeks ago that a 5 percent lead over labour was insufficient for the “Tories” to win.
The high green vote means that labour gets in by the back door. The failure of the Tories to highlight this in advertising, that avote for the Greens as a proterst was essentially a vote for labour, was a bad oversight and mistake.
With some people protesting against labour by voting Green, their votes simply returned to Labour under a preference deal that was organised quickly and well in advance. Labour gave its senate preferences to the Greens, guaranteeing they would become a major player in the upper house and hold the government to ransom.
But Labour needed to do this so that they had a chnace of winning lower house seats on reciprocal Green preferences.
I predicted in advance yesterday that labour would win 2 or 3 seats and the coalition would fall just short of a majority.
If a party in Oz can get into 2nd place and garner preferences they can win seats they have no right to do, so I can see why the Liberals in the UK might favour it.
The mood of Australians, after 19 consecutive years of economic growth, should be grateful to the incumbent. Yet with the world looking set for a downturn, Australians must fear a new decline is coming. Gillard did the right thing to run for an electoral victory now before the real economic picture becomes clear to voters. It’s just annoying to think that she would have lost were it not for the various poll rigging measures that have been introduced.
FT on Australia –
While most large industrialised nations emerge from painful downturns with huge government debt, Australia, which skirted recession by recording just one quarter of gross domestic product contraction, forecasts a return to surplus in less than three years. Unemployment peaked at 5.8 per cent and is now at 5.3 per cent, a little more than half that of the US and eurozone.
Australians will find themselves in a higher tax environment just as the economy turns down, as a result – and which is not what the majority voted for. As in Britain the right wing needs to get plus 5% just to get level. In Britain the figure is 8%. If postal voting scams were eliminated, the right wing parties would all now have comfortable majorities. That is why they are tolerated.
TONY ABBOTT, the coalition leader says that he won 400,000 more votes than Labor and so has the moral right to govern Australia. Let’s see which way the three Independents jump.