The top ten things I have learnt from this election

August 24, 2010
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I know this election has been all about moving forward but given the current political stalemate, it might be worthwhile to take a look backwards. Here are the top 10 things I learnt this election. 10) That Maxine McKew is the political worlds equivalent of a one slam wonder in tennis. 9) That it is […]

Posted in: Fatima Malik, Opinion

Polar Opposites and Hung Government

August 22, 2010
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The mood was grim at Tony Abbott’s event in Sydney last night. Food and booze but little of the celebratory mayhem I’d been anticipating well, dreading (might as well be honest!) The room was filled with low chatter, urgent phone conversations to various ‘informants’ and eyes glued to a screen rolling out the tally. We […]

Posted in: Reports, Sophie Trevitt

The faithful face the unforeseen

August 22, 2010
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The crowd at ALP headquarters in Melbourne last night started out subdued and slowly turned tense. As the evening wore on and the hung parliament result became clearer, the mood settled into a kind of numb quiet, a limbo between the despondency of defeat and the rush of victory. Most of the crowd had a […]

Posted in: Fraser Allison, Reports

Over and out, it’s ‘too close to call’

August 22, 2010
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The Tally Room tonight was a hive of activity tonight. Pollies here, journos there. Eyes were glued to screens as people tweeted and followed the action online. Ironically it was easier to keep up to date by staying online than wandering the Tally Room tonight.

It’s all happening at Greens HQ in Melbourne

August 21, 2010
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The feeling is electric at the Greens election night headquarters in Melbourne, with crowds erupting into applause at any further sign that the party has finally landed on Australia’s political mainstream. I’m writing fresh from watching Richard Di Natale’s media conference with channel Nine, his comments on the Greens’ strong showing almost as impassioned as […]

Quietly making history

August 21, 2010
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Kensington Primary School, 2pm. Adults wander in through the front gate. Many Adam Bandts and Julia Gillards gaze down upon them benevolently from green and blue posters. Tucked away in a corner is a lone glamour shot of Tony Abbott, his eyes smouldering like an ageing pop star. A loose circle of colour-coded volunteers loiters outside the school. “Liberal?” […]

First time vote in Wentworth

August 21, 2010
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No cake or caramel slice. No free sausage sizzle. Not even a brawl between the volunteers, competing with voters to take their pamphlets. While my first election vote was free of all the fripperies that I’m sure we were promised at some stage, lining up with other Wentworth voters was still exciting. At 9am, voters […]