Well the people of New South Wales have sent a clear message to the out going Labor Government.
The last time I wrote here was just after the Federal Election in November last year and the Federal Labor Party narrowly got into government with the now famous hung parliament.
New South Wales Labor has suffered an overwhelming loss and has lost power.
What will this mean for New South Wales?
Well that is hard to know. The Liberal Party have not given us a lot of information on what the plan for NSW. They certainly have a big job ahead of them to bring NSW back to its previous standing as the “Premier State” and the leading state economy in Australia.
With a predicted majority of 66 seats in the lower house the Liberals will have a lot of power but will they get the same power in the upper house.
As we saw with the Howard Federal Government, such absolute power is a dangerous thing. As Labor have said in their campaign, such great power is like a blank cheque. Lets hope that they don’t get a blank cheque or if they do that they use it wisely.
Kristina Keneally while retaining her seat has stepped down as leader of the Labor party. I guess it is understandable. No one wants to be Opposition Leader after being Premier. So what will this mean for the next Labor leader and who will take on this poisoned chalice. Only time will tell.
I am sure there will be plenty happen in the coming months and hopefully the Liberal Party will step up to the plate and put things right in the state of New South Wales.
So voting has now finished in The Australian Federal Election and I haven’t bothered writing about the election campaign at all. I guess this is a sign of how uninspiring I have found the whole thing.
It isn’t that there weren’t many things to write about, the media has been busy with all the happenings but I have never seen such a child like slanging match in any election before this one.
Instead of telling us what each of them will do if they are in power the Liberal and Labor parties have continually criticized each other.
It is a sad time in Australian politics when the only way you can tell the difference between the two major parties is by the fact that they don’t want you to vote for the other party.
The Greens ran a campaign based on asking people to vote for them as a protest vote. Well how can a vote for a party with unrealistic policies that are far from what mainstream Australians want. Things like no power generation from fossil fuels to no fishing at all. Their radical policies don’t give any real alternative to the major two.
The one thing for sure is it will be a close result.
My biggest fear is that who ever wins, the devil will be in the detail.
Well it seems that Julia Gillard and her team could be close to striking a deal with mining companies for the mining tax.
Reports have suggested that the proposed company tax rises will be shelved along with superannuation increases to get the tax through.
It is quite amazing how something that Kevin Rudd couldn’t do for months took Julia Gillard one week to achieve. It is truly amazing what can happen when people are actually willing to negotiate a win win situation instead of taking a stubborn stance for the sake of ego.
Anyway it is not a done deal yet but the word is that Julia Gillard has called a press conference for 8:30 tomorrow (2/7/10) morning so we will get the word then. For what it is worth I think we will be getting an election announcement at the same time or atleast very shortly afterwards.