South Australia

The toxicity of the Greens and lessons from Tasmania for Labour

Labour faces a dilemma.

They can’t win the election without some sort of formal accommodation with the Greens. They also can’t win without Winston Peters.

And thus their dilemma is apparent. The Greens are toxic. David Cunliffe knows it, Shane Jones knows it, Winston Peters knows it.

But the problem is Moira Coatsworth is shrieking at Cunliffe that the attitude tot eh Greens must end, that they are the preferred coalition partner and that Labour needs to be nicer.

Russel Norman is exerting pressure behind the scenes as well.  But the fact remains that the Greens are toxic in any support or coalition deal.

This is a position that Tasmanian’s saw only too well and punished both Labor and the Greens over in their state elections last weekend.

Labor and the Greens have blamed each other for the loss of votes in Saturday’s Tasmanian state election, while the South Australian Liberals insisted electoral boundaries prevented them from claiming a “deserved” outright win.

The simultaneous state elections resulted in a decisive Liberal win in Tasmania and a likely hung parliament in South Australia, where the focus is now turning to negotiations with two independents.

The Liberals have raised questions over the South Australian electoral system given the party could miss out on forming government despite securing about 53% of the two-party vote.  Read more »

The Aussie feral underclass is far worse than ours

It seems that we have a feral underclass on both sides of the Tasman…except the Aussie ratbags who make up their feral underclass are bomb throwing meatheads.

A UNIVERSITY worker can be revealed as the home owner of a party where more than 500 teenagers ran riot this weekend.

The party – which the police Air Wing and Canine Units had to attend to bring under control – was held at the house of married father of two See Hung Ngieng, who works as a senior IT support officer at Monash University.

The derelict house in Ranfurlie Drive, Glen Waverley, is due to be demolished.

Revellers attacked police cars with beer bottles and launched fireworks at officers as police used riot shields to herd the drunken mob away from busy Springvale Rd late on Friday night.

About 700 people had been invited to the party, mostly through Facebook, according to a group of youths who returned to the house on Saturday.

“They called it (the party) mayhem,” one teenager said of the Facebook invite.

The youths, who didn’t provide their full names, say there may be “mayhem round two”.  Read more »

Things are looking grim for Kevin Rudd

The Aussies don’t appear to have bought Kevin Rudd’s spin. They are seeing through the hubris, the spin, the narcissism and the arrogance. This is especially true in Queensland and now it appears the rot has set in for South Australia.

LABOR is gone in the western suburbs seat of Hindmarsh and will struggle to hold the seats of Makin, Adelaide and even the once-safe seat of Wakefield as Kevin Rudd’s support tanks in South Australia amid a seemingly irreversible ­national swing towards the Coalition.

Both Labor and Liberal strategists have told the Sunday Mail they do not believe that Steve Georganas can hold the marginal seat of Hindmarsh, and internal Liberal Party polling has found that Makin, Adelaide and Wakefield are now up for grabs.

The southern Liberal seat of Boothby – one of the key seats Labor had to win to form government – is not rated a chance of changing hands by either side of politics.

Senior Liberals are now confident of picking up at least two seats in SA, with their polling showing the most likely scalps are Mr Georganas and Wakefield’s Nick Champion, who has been hit hard by ­Kevin Rudd’s decision to fiddle with fringe benefit taxes on cars.   Read more »

Good news for Australia

The green taliban are the scourge of society. They oppose all and every possible technological advance. In Australia via their voting system it is possible to stop their advances.

NICK Xenophon is an independent Senator from South Australia who makes a great Greek salad and says he was inspired to get into national politics because Kevin Rudd seemed genuine about problem gambling.

The scourge of the pokies is Xenophon’s driving passion, although he’s also a parochial SA booster who fights for the health of the Murray River, and has a following in his state that most politicians would die for.

He’s up for election this time and has an outside hope of getting a running mate elected as well. However, a decision he’s taken could have a dramatic impact on the Greens Party’s chances in his state.

Sarah Hanson-Young, a rising star in Greens’ ranks, is up for re-election but Xenophon may have spiked her guns.  Read more »

ALP is stuffed, even in Victoria, Gillard is only just holding on

The ALP is going down hard, NSW is lost, the rolling maul of corruption scandals has killed them off, now Victoria is lost to them.

Leadership challenges are still brewing and not just from Kevin Rudd.

It is a measure of the Labor Party’s current desperation that a single minister, Bill Shorten, has emerged as an emblematic figure supposedly invested with almost super powers.

If Shorten shifts his support from Julia Gillard, as the headlines and the barely muted whispers go, then her grasp on the prime ministerial chair will be gone.

It is as if he is being considered a latter-day Senator Graham Richardson, the old powerbroker from the Hawke era who is credited with orchestrating much of the unpleasantness that ended in Paul Keating wresting power from Hawke in 1991.

End of the line for Holden?

Any one who thinks Holden is going to survive in the long term is dreamin’.

Rising costs, cut-throat competition, a limited domestic base and similar woes have already made the industry dependent on government subsidies – and even with these the outlook is dark.

While politicians and car bosses exude faith in long-term survival, Holden managing director Mike Devereux this month announced the loss of 500 more jobs – 170 went in December – with no assurances for the future.  Read more »

A Girl Named Trevor

I kid you not, but it is true…in South Australia…and perhaps in Hutt South, some girls have been named Trevor:

South Australia stands out for appearing intent on breaking down sexual stereotypes, with 50 boys called Sharon between 1952-1986, and girls named George, David, John, Stephen and Trevor.

Maybe that’s the problem with Labour presently. Even their blokes have girls names.
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These guys could give Labour here a hand

Phil Goff’s good mate in South Australia, Mike Rann, got handed his DCM on Friday. The leadership coup is on and time is running out.

MIKE Rann has been ordered by ALP factional powerbrokers to step down as the Premier of South Australia by August 31.

If Mr Rann does not resign then he would face a leadership ballot, which he would likely lose in what would be a humiliating end to his 17-year leadership of state Labor.

Mr Rann is not aligned to any faction.

The Premier’s principal adviser Rik Morris tonight told The Australian Online that he could not comment but he had returned from annual leave to deal with the crisis.

The ABC tonight reported that when told of a cross-factional deal yesterday to replace him with the Left’s Jay Weatherill over the winter break of parliament, Mr Rann reacted angrily and made several threats.

In Australia when time is up on a leader the axemen and stand over boys get called in:

Senior Labor sources told The Australian Online Mr Rann was confronted with the ultimatum to step down or be pushed by union boss Peter Malinauskas and Treasurer Jack Snelling. Both men are not returning calls.

Perhaps they are on the phone to New York securing a short contract in New Zealand.

Where is the fear and terror in New Zealand Labour?

There is a leadership coup on in the South Australia Labor party and Mike Rann is about to be rolled.

Many MPs left the meeting wondering how that could be achieved. There was a feeling, sources say, Mr Rann’s leadership was terminal and the party could not afford to wait until next year for him to go.

Adding to the discontentment were nervous, marginal-seat MPs, who just managed to hold on in 2010.

One source described it as “fear and terror” in the marginals. Labor now has 11 seats requiring a swing of less than 5.5 per cent to the Liberals to lose.

There are another five seats where a swing of just under 9 per cent, which is possible given recent polls, would see them fall to the Opposition.

If there is one thing Australian Labor know how do it is roll useless leaders. One wonders where the “fear and terror” in NZ Labour is hiding and when it will come out to play.