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.
What a scandal it as for Australian politics it as when a blog site posted sexy pictures of women from the Australian Liberal Party in an effort to recruit more young men to join the party.
In a media frenzy the site was exposed as terribly sexist and shameful. However the websites author, Washington-based blogger and member of the Ashfield branch of the Young Liberals Tim Andrews wrote “To put it simply, we have all the hot girls”.
Amongst the frenzied reaction to the blog were comments from the likes of the former federal sex discrimination commissioner and NSW Liberal MP Pru Goward “I’m disappointed that he’s misjudged the importance of a political party like ours, which for so long has defended the dignity of men and women,” she said. “We do need to recruit young people . . . and I commend Tim for having a go, but I think that we have to remember that people join political parties because of the facts, not the figures.”
It is good to see that the Liberals not only have the pretty women but the witty ones as well.
NSW Liberal leader Barry O’Farrell was not so impressed, he said “I find it a disappointing and unacceptable posting,” he said. “I am offended by the some of the blog responses.”
Mr Andrews based his blog idea on conservative commentator P.J. O’Rourke’s “babe-theory”, which suggests if you have attractive women in a party, there is an exponential rise in the number of men wanting to join.
I am sure it is a commendable theory but is this really the motive you want for people joining a political party.
Australian Labor Leader Prime Minister Kevin Rudd refused to be drawn on the quality of women in the Labor Party saying only that they had people with “qualities of their own”.
While I am sure the site was meant as a bit of fun, it is a shame that the Australian political scene can be distracted by such a trivial matter when there are so many more important issues in these times.
Tim Andrews has taken the post down, but has promised that a revised version will be published very soon. I am sure we can’t wait for that.