Allan Takes Aim Blog

ACT Opinions

Posted on: 25 October 2012

A first week post election analysis

A week of political fairy tales

The week following the results of a parliamentary election is when one hears policies that, had candidates put them to voters before voting day, would have swept them to victory – or so they think.

The week after the election is also the week during which journalists get enough tall tales from unsuccessful candidates about why they didn’t get elected.

Indeed some of these tales are so good they would stand comparison with the tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the Grimm brothers and Aesop, the only difference, if an enterprising journalist ever decided to collate and publish them they might have to publish them with the warning of not being suitable reading for children.

Unfortunately in The Australian Capital Territory, home of Canberra, Australia’s National Capital, the polling system used –The Hare Clarke system with Robson Rotation – is a system that lends itself to it taking at least a week to determine which party and which candidates won.

Of course this also lends itself to becoming a week of depression not only for party bosses whose position can rise or fall on the election result but also for candidates. On the other hand it could be a bumper week for pharmacists who had stocked up with anti nail-biting lotion.

Then again It might also be a depressing week for voters as: a) they wait to see if their candidate has won; b) that it is likely they might have to accept policies they consider the antithesis of good politics; and c) that they will have to accept as their parliamentary representative, a candidate they think as useful as a teapot made of ice.

As you can imagine the media has a field day during this week as journalists who are as familiar with the Hare Clarke voting system as are many voters, give a running commentary on the state of the poll and whether or not a party or candidate has been elected. The result: if voters were depressed in the immediate aftermath of polling day they became even more depressed as the week progressed.

On the other hand I know of ACT parties and candidates in the past who had been pilloried in the media at previous elections because their name suggested they didn’t take elections seriously. The media was wrong. Indeed, these parties, even if it looked as if they were making fun of the system like the Pirate Party at the last election, were serious about politics.

But the people who got really depressed were the major parties, who between them think they own parliament, when these political upstarts got more votes than either the media or they themselves expected.

I have to say I think new parties are here to stay, that the current major parties will disappear in the forseeable future and that future parliaments will be formed from the new parties.

I only wish I could be around to see it happen


4 Responses to "ACT Opinions"

Have you already setup a fan page on Facebook ?

Please go on together with your wonderful weblog posts, I actually for instance them.

Thanks a large amount for giving everyone an extraordinarily memorable chance to read in detail from this site.

It is often so brilliant and packed with plenty of
fun for me and my office acquaintances to lookup your site nearly thrice from a week to read through that the latest items you will have.
And definitely, I’m certainly astounded considering the
exceptional ideas you serve. Certain two points in this post have
been really the most beneficial we’ve ever had.

there are lots of bad posts around internet, so it’s very good that i found your website which is so good. lista de emails lista de emails lista de emails lista de emails lista de emails

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


  • None
  • This site was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped me. Thanks a lot!
  • sua tarefa: I blog often and I truly thank you for your content. This article has really peaked my interest. I will bookmark your blog and keep checking for new
  • ZAP Stun Gun: I love it when people come together and share views. Great site, continue the good work!
%d bloggers like this: