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Federal Election 2016

Jan 6, 2014

Seat of the week: Barker

A conservative rural seat since the dawn of federation, Barker is under new management after Tony Pasin defeated incumbent Patrick Secker for Liberal preselection ahead of the 2013 election.

Blue and red numbers respectively indicate booths with two-party majorities for Liberal and Labor. Click for larger image. Map boundaries courtesy of Ben Raue at The Tally Room.

Barker encompasses South Australia along the Victorian border from Mount Gambier north to the Riverland and its population centres of Renmark, Loxton, Berri and Waikerie, extending westwards to the mouth of the Murray River and the towns of Angaston and Murray Bridge 75 kilometres to the east of Adelaide. It has existed since South Australia was first divided into single-member electorates in 1903, at all times encompassing the state’s south-eastern corner including Mount Gambier, Bordertown and Keith. From there it has generally extended either westwards to the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island or, as at present, northwards to the Riverland. The former territories were lost when Mayo was created with the expansion of parliament in 1984, but recovered from 1993 to 2004 as Mayo was drawn into Adelaide’s outskirts. The Riverland was accommodated by Angas prior to its abolition in 1977, and by Wakefield from 1993 to 2004. Barker’s present dimensions were established when South Australia’s representation was cut from twelve seats to eleven at the 2004 election, causing Barker to take back the Riverland from a radically redrawn Wakefield, while Mayo recovered the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.

The areas covered by Barker presently and in the past have long been safe for the conservatives, the Riverland last having had Labor representation when Albert Smith held Wakefield for a term after the 1943 landslide. Barker has never been in Labor hands, nor come close to doing so since territory in southern Adelaide was ceded to the new seat of Kingston in 1949. Archie Cameron held the seat for the Country Party from 1934 to 1940, having been effectively granted it after helping facilitate a merger of the state’s conservative forces as the Liberal Country League while serving as the Country Party’s state parliamentary leader. Cameron succeeded Earle Page as federal parliamentary leader in 1939 but was deposed after the election the following year, causing him to quit the party and align himself with the United Australia Party and then the Liberal Party, which has held Barker ever since. He was succeeded in Barker on his retirement in 1956 by Jim Forbes, who was in turn succeeded in 1975 by James Porter.

Porter was defeated for preselection in 1990 by Ian McLachlan, a former high-profile National Farmers Federation president whom some were touting as a future prime minister. He would instead serve only a single term as a cabinet minister, holding the defence portfolio in the first term of the Howard government, before retiring at the 1998 election. McLachlan’s successor was Patrick Secker, who led a generally low-profile parliamentary career before being unseated for preselection before the 2013 election. Despite endorsement from Tony Abbott and moderate factional powerbroker Christopher Pyne, Secker reportedly lost a local ballot to Mount Gambier lawyer Tony Pasin by 164 votes to 78, with a further 40 recorded for Millicent real estate agent and Wattle Range councillor Ben Treloar. Pasin picked up a 3.5% swing at the election and holds the seat with a margin of 16.5%.

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zoidlord
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Are we expecting any polls this week? or is it next week?

victoria
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[The education guru tasked with reforming Australia’s national curriculum by the federal government was previously employed by tobacco firm Phillip Morris to design a school program teaching children about peer pressure and decision making that did not discuss the health dangers of smoking]

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/new-curriculum-reviewer-was-an-education-consultant-to-tobacco-giant-phillip-morris-20140111-30nj8.html#ixzz2q5zB3ZXX

deblonay
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More on Sharon and the Beirut Massacres
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From Princeton Univ USA..site the full story

The Israeli transportyed the Lebanese killers to the camps and illuminated them by flares as the massacres took place under Sharons supervisi it seems
Later an enguiry under Saen MCBride Irish F Minister found all this to be true

Sharon was never punished and went on the be Israeli PM for many years

Being a war criminal and murderer is no bar to high office in Israel it seems…so mnuch for democractic Isreli of which we sometimes hear

http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Sabra_and_Shatila_massacre.html

guytaur
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deblonay

I expect Abbott in his Eulogy to ignore all that.

Goodnight

deblonay
Guest

Sharon Dead

Good Riddance
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Sharon was a long time dying…but at leastin the end he escaped trial for the war criminal he was

He was the prime mover in the terrible massacres of Palestinians in Beirut during the civil war…by fascist Lebanese Phalangists christian militias

The two refugee camps at Sabra and Shatilla were under Israeli supervision after their invasion of Lebanon,,,but they allowed the Fascist Lebanese to enter and murder Palestinians in great numbers Though much criticised even at home he survived as such Israeli leaders always seem to do

bemused
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deblonay, in fairness I should point out her partial retraction which I didn’t see until after I wrote that response to you.

deblonay
Guest

BEMUSED
RE YOUR MESSAGE
WELL SAID AND I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU SAID

guytaur
Guest

“@Telegraph: Just in: former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died.”

Phil Vee
Guest
AussieAchmed at 3456 said correctly that…… The curriculum is a guide for teachers …………… The teachers on the ground will choose the political and other people to study, depending on the topic. And the teachers are the next ones in Pyne’s sights. He wants to take that power to choose away from teachers and give it to “parents and Principals”. He said “we have to end the system where teachers control everything and give that power to Principals”. Then he wants to change the qualifications required to be a teacher by “creating flexible pathways into teaching”. To get new and… Read more »
zoidlord
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@frednk/3540

That didn’t take long.

But not surprised, Howard did the same thing.

UNHCR needs to push harder.

bemused
Guest

Hi deblonay.

I didn’t see your message last night until this morning and responded then. Did you see it?

deblonay
Guest

PIC OF ONE OF THE 3 NEW HI-SPEED TRAINS BUILT FOR THE MOSCOW-SOCHI ROUTE AND NOW IN OPERATION FOR THE FORTHCOMING WINTER GAMES
BRILLIANT

http://www.russiantrains.com/en/page/moscow-sochi-train

bemused
Guest

victoria@3539

Just spent a couple of great hours with @terrimbutler our candidate for Griffith. Fantastic response to Terri. KRudd pic.twitter.com/4YDpzOyfeQ
https://mobile.twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/421894590317080576/photo/1

What a great Labor man Kev is!

frednk
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The sad thing is, this is Australia he is talking about, boy these clowns are doing some damage.

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Malcolm Fraser ‏@MalcolmFraser12 6m

Does Gov care two hoots about international law? http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/11/towbacks-may-breach-international-law-un-refugee-agency-cautions-abbott
]

victoria
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Just spent a couple of great hours with @terrimbutler our candidate for Griffith. Fantastic response to Terri. KRudd pic.twitter.com/4YDpzOyfeQ
https://mobile.twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/421894590317080576/photo/1

virtualkat
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We did lots on Egypt, Romans and Greece. I guess that’s the sexy history stuff! Compared to all of that failed expeditions in a desert didn’t really compare. I don’t remember much on ww1 or 2 or much in Asia or the US (this was Vic in the 90’s). Anyway I was obsessed with the reneisance so did most of my own exploring in that period.

bemused
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virtualkat@3533 Being gen x and never having much interest in Aus history I must say I have learned a lot about it today from PB. No need for curriculum changes just direct the young-uns to PB. But seriously who cares, there r a million ways to get information about history if u r interested. If u r not then it will b in one ear out the other, if engaged then will do ur own research. Currently I would settle for people on this country understanding what is happening in the present. My late Primary School textbook in the 1950s… Read more »
virtualkat
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Dp, yeah of course!

And a bit more science knowledge wouldn’t go astray either….

confessions
Guest

School curriculum is just the latest culture war pinata for Australian reactionaries which they’ll keep on beating until it gives them the results they want. Screw the national interest. It’s always been up to Labor govts to govern in the national interest.

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