“Today the Australian people have decided that we as a nation will move forward,” he said.
“To plan for the future, to prepare for the future, to embrace the future and together as Australians to unite and write a new page in our nation’s history.” — Kevin Rudd
The wash up from Australia’s first new-media election campaign, the first to be awash with online forums and new media exposure, with Google running an Australian election site and even being peripherally involved in electioneering incidents.
Coalition to lose control of Senate
PRIME Minister-elect Kevin Rudd will face a hostile Senate for his first eight months in office, with the coalition poised to block Labor legislation.
The coalition has lost its historic 39-37 Senate majority but the new Senate does not sit until July. — The Australian
The former ABC journalist Maxine McKew appears ready to unseat a prime minister;
Howard likely to lose in Bennelong
In Bennelong, where Mr Howard is battling to survive against the high-profile Labor candidate, former journalist Maxine McKew, the swing to Labor was 5.2% with 70% of votes counted. Mr Howard’s buffer of 4.1% appeared set to be eclipsed. — The Age
The exit polls from yesterday’s election would indicate that Mr Howard’s decision to hang onto the prime ministership last year may have played a major factor in his government’s defeat. — news.com.au
I guess when your Coalition partners have taken over your conservative position, you’re looking at a problem;
Nationals set for record low
It seems federal Nationals leader Mark Vaile has failed to stem the decline of his party in yesterday’s federal election.
The Nationals could wind up with just 10 seats in the Parliament, the lowest number they have held.
– ABC News
The other damage from election eve is the total wipe-out of the Democrat vote;
Party on brink of collapse
THE Australian Democrats look set to be cast into the political wilderness as the party leader and deputy were tipped to lose their seats.
With more than 50 per cent of the primary vote counted late last night, ABC analysts said the two serving Democrat senators had been beaten on preferences. — Herald Sun
Throwing out a challenge to the established press, new political commentary stars have emerged Possum, LP and Poll Bludger. Of course when Caroline Overington (The Australian) sets the tone we shouldn’t be surprised.
“I take full responsibility for this campaign and I therefore accept full reponsibility for the defeat in this election” — John Howard