Australian Liberal Party mobilises Kiwi voters


via 3 news

Rachel Morton reports on some special overseas election skulduggery

The Government is still waiting on the special votes to be counted and could be in for a boost, thanks to the Australian Liberal Party.

The Liberals sent an email to members before Saturday’s election: “If you do know a Kiwi, then it’s important to remind them to vote in this year’s election.

Without the party votes of National supporters living overseas, there is a real risk that Labour will cobble together a coalition government with the Greens and other minor parties.”

“In reality it’s a gesture of solidarity amongst centre-right parties around the world, if you like,” says Prime Minister Key.

The extent of the help is unknown until the 38,000 overseas votes are counted.

If that worked, that may be the end of Little Andy.  Another union voice will be lost inside caucus, which can’t be good for David Cunliffe’s prospects.   

What is even more astounding is that there appears to be absolutely no appetite for making hard decisions.  It’s entirely likely the Labour Party will waste another 3 years staring each other down and trying to play the long game.

If so, expect to lose even more list MPs in 2017.

The exciting thing for Andrew Little is to keep a close eye on Trevor Mallard’s fortunes.  If Mallard gets turfed, Little is back in.  That in itself would be significant enough shift in caucus power.

You can see why Cunliffe wants to hang on until then – his political career, such as it is, may very well depend on it.


– 3 News

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