Now that the election is over it is time for a bit of reflection.
Logistics behind the operation of this site mean this article is
not a who won what and why; rather we’ll be looking at why a
number of the smaller parties seem to have punched above
their weight, and some possible reasons for their ‘popularity’.
It wasn’t easy getting into the nerve centre of the LNP – the
secret place where talking points, election strategies and day
to day tactics are brainstormed by the Coalition’s eggheads in
the dead of night – but eventually, more by good luck than
good management, I found myself in the inner sanctum.
We all have memories of a child bawling its eyes out after being
clobbered by another kid. We also have memories of the offender’s
customary excuse: ‘He hit me first!’. We tend to label such behaviour as
‘kids stuff’. But how many of you expected grown-up politicians to ape them?
Enjoying the election coverage? Essentially it is the day to day analysis
of the political leaders of this country racking up the kilometres to appear
in ‘strategic’ locations, with nodding sycophants behind them answering the
same or similar questions as they did yesterday to the same tired and bored journalists.
I was motivated to write my last piece: 'Will they ever learn?' after viewing the first
Question Time of the recent sitting of the House of Representatives. Some our most
senior politicians, immediately after showing that they were capable of courtesy and
decent discourse, went on to display offensively aggressive behaviour towards each
other, all in the full glare of the cameras, knowing that the world would see them as they were.
In 2016, we published 36 Faceless men, comparing the ‘need’
for Australian political parties to have an absolute majority when
forming a government versus the preferred outcome in other countries
where a coalition of political parties have to work together to form a government.