22 August 2010

Hung Parliament

A late night last night watching the election results come in and the media pundits attempting to draw conclusions and make predictions about the outcome.

My prediction about the result was wrong, though not too wide of the mark. Neither the ALP nor the Coalition look like getting the 76 lower house seats required to form a government in their own right. It's generally assumed that both Adam Bandt, the Green elected in Melbourne, and Andrew Wilkie, the green tinged Independent who looks to have won in Denison Tasmania, will support Labor so so the focus is now on the three re-elected rural Independents, Messrs Bob Katter from North Queensland, Rob Oakeshott from the north coast of NSW and Tony Windsor from New England NSW.

How this will pan out is anyone's guess: even Mr "Whatever it takes" Graham Richardson is reluctant to stick his neck out too far. All of which means we'll be waiting for a few more days - let's hope it's no more than this - to see who can cobble together a majority.

TV coverage

I switched between the ABC and Sky News TV coverage, with some interludes watching Pakistan edge to victory against England in the Test and the Crows just failing to hang on aganist Collingwood.

Both ABC and Sky IMO did a good job though my vote (if that's necessary) would go to the ABC, mainly because of Antony Green's computer updating and projections.

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