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    WA lower house done and dusted. 28 ALP, 24 Lib, 4 Nat, three independents.

    The three independents are Bowler (ex-ALP), Constable (ex-Lib), Wollard (Lib-aligned). Adams lost. All are working with the Lib-Nat coalition in various ways so the non-ALP forces technically should have a majority of three.

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    Michael Costa has resigned from the NSW parliament.
    The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.

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    The ACT has an election on October 18. The ACT has a 17-member assembly elected using the same system (Hare-Clark with Robson Rotation) used in the Tasmanian lower house, but with one seven-member electorate and two five-member ones.

    Current state of the parliament: Labor 9 Lib 6 Green 1 Ind (ex-Lib) 1.

    It is quite similar to the WA election with the Government on the nose and the Opposition a rabble. If the Greens can get enough lift in their vote to win a seat in one of the five-member electorates then that (among other ways it could happen) will be the end of Stanhope's majority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    It is quite similar to the WA election with the Government on the nose and the Opposition a rabble.
    Don't you really mean, it is quite similar to all other states and territory in Australia

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrayggray
    Don't you really mean, it is quite similar to all other states and territory in Australia
    I was reluctant to generalise. There are states where Labor is more on the nose than others although no state Labor government is in especially wonderful shape. Also whatever else might be and should be said about the Tassie Liberals they at least have had a stable leadership situation since their previous leader resigned after losing the last election; some other state Oppositions are probably not too ruined by infighting.

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    Labor punished in NSW by-elections
    ABC News, 18 October 2008

    Labor has suffered dramatic swings in today's four New South Wales by-elections, losing its first state Sydney seat to the Liberals in 20 years.

    The Liberals only needed a swing of 10.1 per cent to snatch the metropolitan Sydney seat of Ryde but at 9:40pm (AEDT), the swing was a massive 22.9 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis.

    The winning candidate, Victor Dominello, won 53.7 per cent of the primary votes to Labor candidate Nicole Campbell's 30.1 per cent.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Labor has also lost its majority in the ACT, though that is not a huge surprise. What is interesting is the large swing to the Greens there which if replicated at NSW and Victorian state elections next time around will see the Greens finally win lower house seats there (as has often been prematurely predicted before.)

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    ACT election finished up with 7 Labor, 6 Liberal, 4 Green. The 4th Green seat has been considered a surprise in some mainstream reports but serious psephelogical observers had been taking the chances of it seriously since quite early in the count and most thought the Greens were more likely than not to win that seat.

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    Anzac Day 2009

    Qld to miss out on Anzac Day long weekend
    The Queensland Government has defended its decision not to grant workers an extra day off for Anzac Day next year.

    For the first time since 1998, Anzac Day will fall on a Saturday, so the public holiday will be observed on the day itself with the usual trading restrictions.

    Queensland Council of Unions general secretary Ron Monaghan has been pushing for an Anzac Day long weekend.

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    The Returned Services League (RSL) has also shrugged off calls for an Anzac Day long weekend next year.

    RSL Queensland chief executive Chris McHugh says it could mean bigger numbers at next year's commemorations.

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    Queenslanders are not the only Australians to miss out on the extra day; only workers in WA and ACT will get Monday April 27 off next year.
    Methinks those unions types need to get a life.
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    Considering the public holiday was only ever intended such that people could attend memorial services etc, I can't see any justification for a long weekend in those circumstances.
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    The latest state Newspolls show Labor ahead on a 2PP basis 57-43 on both Victoria and Queensland but losing 59-41 in NSW.

    That Labor will be exterminated in NSW at the next state election is not really any surprise to anyone but the idea that Labor is on the nose at state level generally appears to now be stalling. There is probably a wariness of throwing out incumbents in these uncertain financial times except in NSW where the incumbent party is genuinely awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    Qld to miss out on Anzac Day long weekend

    Methinks those unions types need to get a life.
    given that is a NATIONAL commemorative event ought it not be the FEDERAL government who decides how ANZAC day should be observed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    The latest state Newspolls show Labor ahead on a 2PP basis 57-43 on both Victoria and Queensland but losing 59-41 in NSW.
    That's a huge margin, esp. when the governments are grossly incompetent in looking after their states. QLD has health and water scandals, while Vic Labor is enslaved to the Green-stapo and refuses to build dams for water and flood prevention. But until recently, the QLD opposition has been too divided, while Vic's is Labor-Lite, a sure strategy for remaining in Opposition.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    That Labor will be exterminated in NSW at the next state election is not really any surprise to anyone but the idea that Labor is on the nose at state level generally appears to now be stalling. There is probably a wariness of throwing out incumbents in these uncertain financial times except in NSW where the incumbent party is genuinely awful.
    but has the Opposition finally got its act together?
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Victoria's Layba government wants to give Gestapo powers to human rights commission

    Raiding powers for human rights body
    Rick Wallace, Victorian political reporter | January 14, 2009
    The Australian 14 Jan 2009

    VICTORIA'S human rights commission would be empowered to conduct wide-ranging discrimination investigations, compel witnesses to testify and conduct searches and seizures under proposals to dramatically boost the organisation's powers.

    The state Government is considering plans to overhaul the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, taking it from a complaint-driven conciliation body to a proactive discrimination-busting agency.

    A current review into equal opportunity laws is expected to consider scrapping exemptions that allow exclusive private clubs such as the Athenaeum or Lyceum to bar male or female members. The recommendations for a major upgrade to the commission's powers came in a review conducted by veteran social justice campaigner and former public advocate Julian Gardner on behalf of Attorney-General Rob Hulls.

    "The power to conduct an inquiry could include the power to compel the attendance of a person to provide information and/or produce documents," Mr Gardner's report recommends.

    "These powers could be supported by the power of entry, search and seizure to obtain necessary evidence and documentation."

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    Melbourne QC Peter Faris likened the proposed powers to those of a crime commission, and described the changes as a blow to free speech. "They would have to prosecute Prince Harry," he said, referring to the prince's recent "Paki" jibe to an army colleague.

    "It's a big step. They are going to need lawyers and what would amount to police to conduct raids. It's difficult to see why it is necessary -- there hasn't been any great outbreak of criticism."

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    The Australian Industry Group's Victorian director, Tim Piper, said the changes ran counter to the Government's goal of reducing new legislation and red tape. He said the prospect of businesses being subjected to searches and seizures would force national employers to develop new procedures just for their Victorian operations.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Interesting result in the SA state by-election for the seat of Frome. This was the seat that was held by former Liberal Premier Rob Kerin. The seat has gone on preferences to an Independent who is a town mayor, who finished third on primaries with about 21% of the vote, but then caught Labor on preferences of minor candidates (mainly the Nats), eliminating the Labor candidate by 30 votes, and then beating the Liberal on preferences.

    Not a good sign for the SA Liberals if they can't even hold their own seat in a by-election.
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