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SA Election 2014

Mar 4, 2014

A second round-up of local happenings as the sedate campaign for South Australia’s state election crawls to its March 15 conclusion:

Colton (Labor 3.6%): As noted at the tail end of Saturday’s Newspoll post, a Galaxy automated phone poll of 495 respondents published in the Sunday Mail provided Labor with a measure of encouragement by showing Labor incumbent Paul Caica tied with Liberal challenger Joe Barry on two-party preferred, representing a swing to the Liberals of 3.6%. The primary votes were 45% for Labor (46.3% at the 2010 election), 46% for the Liberals (39.9%), 5% for the Greens (8.2%) and 4% for Family First (3.5%). Caica seems to be a very popular and well-recognised local member, recording a 58% satisfaction rating versus 22% dissatisfied, whereas Steven Marshall has a 42-39 edge over Jay Weatherill as preferred premier. Sixty-two per cent of respondents anticipate a Liberal victory against only 27% for Labor.

Lee (Labor 7.7%): Following in the footsteps of Danyse Soester in Wright, another campaigner against the government over its handling of the school sex abuse issue, Mel Calone, will run as an independent under a “put Labor last” banner in the north-western suburbs electorate of Lee. However, Labor has found cause to dispute her bona fides as an independent after the Liberal Party paid for and authorised a radio advertisement in which she states her case. Lauren Novak of The Advertiser reports that Calone is a former ALP member who has worked for the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union and the Australian Services Union.

Hartley (Labor 0.1%): The Liberals have complained to the Electoral Commission over a fundraising letter sent by Labor member Grace Portolesi to a public servant at her Education Department workplace, and queried whether its invitation to purchase raffle tickets amounted to an electoral bribe. Portolesi told Michael McGuire of The Advertiser that the material was being sent to those who requested it at the address they nominated.

Adelaide (Liberal 4.2%): Labor has proposed that the site of the soon-to-be-relocated Royal Adelaide Hospital be converted into a second city high school specialising in health and sciences, with construction to begin in 2017 at a cost of $46.5 million over forward estimates. The Liberals want to keep the site as a privately run medical facility and meet demand for city schooling by spending $75 million on a second Adelaide High School campus on West Terrace, to be linked to the existing campus by a foot bridge.

Mitchell (Labor 2.5%): Labor has promised to spend $2.5 million turning Seaview High School into a specialist manufacturing school with a view to preparing students for employment at the manufacturing hub being developed at the site of the old Mitsubishi plant at Tonsley Park.

Elder (Labor 1.7%): A further Labor plan for the Tonsley Park site, announced last week, is to spend $30 million establishing a resources precinct that will consolidate drill core library facilities which currently store rock samples at various locations around the state. The Liberals, who have been kept well supplied by highly sourced leaks during the campaign, were promptly able to point to a business plan which questioned whether the sale of the existing sites would bring in the money budgeted for, raising concerns about contamination at one of the existing sites in Thebarton.

Kaurna (Labor 8.8%): Kym Richardson, who held the federal seat of Kingston for the Liberals from 2004 to 2007, is running as an independent in the corresponding southern suburbs seat being vacated by the retirement of Labor’s John Hill.

UPDATE: Another Galaxy poll for The Advertiser, this time from the seat of Adelaide, shows on swing at all in the one seat Labor were hoping to snare from the Liberals. The poll has Liberal incumbent Rachel Sanderson leading Labor candidate David O’Loughlin 54-46, with primary votes of 49% for Sanderson, 39% for O’Loughlin, the Greens on 8% and Dignity for Disability on 4%. The poll was conducted on Tuesday night from a sample of 587.

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shellbell
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Diogenes

[The IRA was very active back then and I wondered if Irish Australians might try and blow up the Queen in Adelaide.]

Fortunately the IRA were biding their time to blow up HM’s relatives and a few adolescents two years later.

Diogenes
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shellbell

[ I remember my school being dragged out to watch the Queen drive past in 1977.

Were made to dress in your finest?]

We just went in our school uniform but we were told to be extra neat. My dad told me not to make an effort.

The IRA was very active back then and I wondered if Irish Australians might try and blow up the Queen in Adelaide.

I was only ten years old I suppose.

shellbell
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[I remember my school being dragged out to watch the Queen drive past in 1977.]

Were made to dress in your finest?

Rational Leftist
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[Agree on Jo Chapley. If the swing was going the other way, Marshall would be a goner! Might be perfect for Sturt at the next federal election.]

Maybe but, if she does well this election, I think keep her for Dunstan in 2018. I reckon it’ll be a prime (gettable) seat to target, especially if Marshall is still Premier then.

Diogenes
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He was done for assaulting a police officer, loitering (do we even have that as a crime now) and something else. Back then those were minor offenses but he wouldn’t be allowed to run if he was done for that now.

He got a suspended sentence so it must have been pretty minor.

I remember my school being dragged out to watch the Queen drive past in 1977. I was in Grade 4 and my Dad was vehemently anti-Monarchy, being of Catholic Irish descent.

Psephos
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Shades of Bunna Walsh, who was elected to the Victorian upper house in 1970, then disqualified because he had a Children’s Court conviction.

Diogenes
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Psephos

He was arrested both in 1977 and in 1983.

The 1977 one was for protesting about the Queens visit. I don’t think it went to court.

Psephos
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Re Eddie Hughes: Was he arrested at a demonstration in daylight in 1977, as the photo caption states, or loitering outside a hotel at night in 1983, as the text states, or both? What kind of journalism is this?

Wakefield
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The Advertiser story about Adelaide Oval today looks like a beatup. Matt and Dave on 891 were trying to get Rod Hook to agree that the story was right this morning. Hook swatted them away. Oval will be ready 5 days early because of Stones concert. But there is a payment to contractor to achieve this which means something on the wish list for SACA, SANFL or SMA wont happen.

Diogenes
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Sykesie

The problem is the gloves were literally off.

And Adelaide Oval not being ready on time hasn’t helped Labor one bit.

spur212
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The SA ALP are now taking aim at the federal government in their ads

http://youtu.be/8JKQJmvo8R4

I think they should be able to pull something back in the final week

sykesie
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I agree psephos – pretty ordinary journalism, but nice to see Marshall squirming, and not handling the questions very convincingly.

The gloves are definitely off in this campaign:

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia-state-election-2014/labor-candidate-eddie-hughes-for-whyalla-seat-of-giles-attacked-police-officer-in-1977-protest/story-fnl3k6uz-1226847491297

Psephos
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I enjoyed the “political analyst” at the end who didn’t have one single fact to deploy, so he just rolled out standard cliches that could apply to any election anywhere. And people get paid to do this!

sykesie
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chinda63
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[Yes spur, good point, what I can’t get it is what the issue is…Labor isn’t saying what the problem is – and Marshall doesn’t want to talk about it. All very odd. Anyone know? Even a hint in the form of a question to prevent defamation would help. My Liberal friend (who is in Marshall’s branch) won’t say a word to me about it so that is saying something in itself.] Basically, he took a successful business and sent it to the wall. My sources tell me there will be more detail to come over the next week. Moral of… Read more »
Kirky
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Well at least my seat, Lee, has been in the news for a change!

spur212
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Toorak Toff

Agree on Jo Chapley. If the swing was going the other way, Marshall would be a goner! Might be perfect for Sturt at the next federal election.

Toorak Toff
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By the way, Jo Chapley is a terrific candidate in Dunstan and more than the equal of Steven Marshall in every respect, but that doesn’t mean she won’t go down to a thundering defeat.

Wrong time, wrong place.

Toorak Toff
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I agree the ALP will be disappointed at the Adelaide poll. And the Libs will be delighted that their lightweight candidate is whipping another Labor heavyweight. Maybe today’s Tiser analysis is correct in saying massive demographic change is making the seat very much stronger for the Libs. Without O’Loughlin, there might well be a further swing to them. Demographic change is at work in other seats too, not necessarily in the same direction. When the swing’s on, though, it tends to be pretty well one way. Against that, the political afficionados seem to think that Weatherill has landed a few… Read more »
Independently Thinking
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Independently Thinking
That is very kind of you CM, and likewise, I have huge respect for your sensible views. And I probably deserve being snapped at, at times. As far as Adelaide goes, I think you will find O’Loughlin will lift the ALP vote in the CBD but will send it down in Prospect Council where he is Mayor. I offer a one year subs to Crikey for the first person to bet me that the ALP 2PP will go up in Adelaide as I think it will go down – very slightly. And in 2018 Labor will need a decent candidate… Read more »
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