Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has failed dismally, is in a lot of trouble and will struggle to survive. But Bill Shorten has failed badly as well given he has led the Australian Labor Party to its second worst federal election result in history with an embarrassing 35.32% of first preference votes. The Australian people have spoken and change is coming whether the major parties like it or not.
There is a lot of fear mongering going on with biased political commentators saying how bad things are but Australia is in a transitional phase heading towards having more independents and regular minority governments at the federal level and there is nothing to fear. It had to happen because the Liberal Party and Labor Party have become so corrupted they cannot be trusted to run the country without close scrutiny and oversight.
There is currently false spin being put on the election that Malcolm Turnbull did a lot worse than Bill Shorten which is far from true. They are both in a lot of trouble because they lack ethics and integrity and did extremely poorly during the campaign and beforehand.
Even backstabber Julia Gillard did better than Bill Shorten
In 2010 Julia Gillard was widely despised for being a backstabber in overthrowing first term Prime Minister Kevin Rudd but Gillard still managed to receive 37.99% of first preference votes at the 2010 election.
The only lower result than Bill Shorten’s was in 2013 when Kevin Rudd led Labor and received 33.38% of first preference votes after Julia Gillard had run the Labor Party into the ground and people had woken up to what Kevin Rudd was really like. Bill Shorten has only managed to increase the vote 1.94% to 35.32 of first preference votes which is still 2.67% behind Julia Gillard. Maybe the Labor Party should bring back Julia Gillard? For comparison when the Kevin Rudd led Labor Party won in 2007 their first preference vote was 43.38%.
Take out the Labor Party lies on Medicare etc. and Bill Shorten’s result might have been the worst on record for the Labor Party
A lot has been made of the lie that the Labor Party and Unions were advertising regarding the Liberal Party privatising Medicare and the impact it had on the election. Some say it had a huge effect and the fact that Labor kept on spending money advertising the lie says it probably did have an impact.
What it says is that the Labor Party’s first preference would have been worse again if they had not been spreading and advertising the lie. Bill Shorten did bad enough but you have to wonder how badly Shorten would have done if Labor weren’t running the Medicare scare campaign.
It is possible that Bill Shorten’s lousy 1.94% increase in first preference votes for Labor from the Labor Party’s worst ever result in 2013 might have been a decrease. I think that the voters will be wiser to Bill Shorten’s dirty tricks and Labor will highly unlikely get away with at the next election. If fact it has most likely done a lot of damage to Labor’s credibility and their vote will quite possibly go backwards next election.
The dirty tricks should not surprise Shorten watchers as that is how he operates and has done for years.
(There are still votes to count so the results will change but the first preference % probably won’t change much. I will update in the comment section below when final figures come through)
The Federal Election has turned into Australia’s biggest loser competition with the finalists being Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten
The Liberal Party got everything they deserved and that is what happens when you elect a fraudster like Malcolm Turnbull as leader. As I have written numerous times Turnbull stole $11 million of taxpayer’s money just before the 2007 election, was involved in branch stacking and runs a dodgy slush fund and that should have been the end of his political career. (Click here to read more)
It’s my prediction that whoever gets the role of Prime Minister will be destroyed in 12 months by the Australian public. The attacks on Turnbull or Shorten will make the attacks Gillard and Abbott received look like amateur hour.
The old argument that at least he/she is not as bad as the other party’s leader doesn’t cut it with voters anymore
The Australian public aren’t stupid and have had a gutful of dodgy politicians like Turnbull. But the crooks in the Liberal Party didn’t care and served Turnbull up to the Australian Public as PM when we never voted for him. The only thing that kept the Liberals in the game was the fact that Labor served up Bill Shorten as leader who is just as big a crook as Turnbull.
Corrupt politicians held to account
Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott were both independents in the hung parliament in 2010 and decided to support Julia Gillard and Labor. Neither ran in 2013 because they knew they would lose as they were very unpopular for supporting the corrupt Gillard and Labor. They both ran again in 2016 and have lost.
Let’s change the situation and say they supported Gillard and Labor in 2010 but for their support demanded a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to investigate federal political and government corruption.
I think they would have gone from being unpopular to being very popular and would have won this election. But they didn’t demand a federal ICAC and were obviously happy to let the corruption continue so deserved to lose the election.
The world isn’t about to cave in like many commentators and journalists want people to believe. If you have a look at the background of the people saying that they almost all have political backgrounds and don’t like the public taking back control of parliament. Australia has in effect had a minority government in the Senate for years so having a minority government in the lower house won’t kill us but it will make the government more accountable. Yes, Windsor and Oakeshott failed but that does not mean we give up trying and it is good to see the public haven’t given up.
Australia survived Julia Gillard as Prime Minister and we will survive this and end up better off although it could be a rough ride short-term. The Australian Electoral Commission says it could take up to two weeks before we know a final result so at the moment it is a waiting game.
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