Saturday, September 7, 2013

Australia elects Abbott ... and Palmer

Australia's ABC reports, "Kevin Rudd has appeared before his supporters in Brisbane to concede defeat to Tony Abbott and the Coalition."

A great day for AGW deniers?

Maybe.  Only followed the election lightly from afar, but it seemed it was largely a "Seinfeld" election, with the global political handlers union again staying largley unified in ensuring campaigns are no time to talk about ideas.

So what was the election about?
Myabe personalities.

While voting, with family, at the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club on a north Sydney beach, Abbot said, "You will be pleased to know I am in a suit not in budgie smugglers, I wish I was out in the waves, it is a nice swell for an elderly long boarder."

New Australian PM and bevy family,
voting at the The Freshwater surf club
If this is any indication of what it will take to win an election in a former colony, Justin might have to stay off the pot and keep up the fitness regine - although compared to the young leader both the NDP leader and the current Prime Minister might be considered to look more than a little Ruddy.

There is also word that Clive Palmer, with whom there are some concerns, is winning a Senate seat" "on course to become the MP for the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax after his party grabbed more than 11 per cent of the vote in Queensland."  I'm not familiar with Australia's method of allocating Senate seates, but it seems an outcome where Palmer's party, the Palmer United Party, holds the balance of power remains a possibility (nationally his party looked to be getting 2/3rds the vote total of the declining Green party).

Not bad for a big guy with an eye for spies.

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