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SA Election 2014

Mar 13, 2014

South Australian election minus two days

Perhaps fittingly, the closing week of a flat and lacklustre South Australian election campaign has been dominated by back-and-forth claims over campaign advertising.

In the dying days of the South Australian election campaign, voters yearning for the vision thing have instead been treated to a series of spats over truth-in-advertising:

• Electoral Commissioner Kay Mousley has apologised to Nick Xenophon after he was sent a letter which mistakenly told him his complaint about Labor-authorised posters saying the “X-Team policy is to cut wages” had been upheld. The letter was supposed to say the advertising was “not misleading”, but crucially omitted the former word. This prompted Xenophon to make public statements about the complaint being upheld. He rejected Labor’s call for an apology when the matter was clarified, saying the ruling was based on a “technicality”.

• Carolyn Habib, the Liberal candidate for the crucial Labor-held margin of Elder, has accused Labor of a “thinly veiled racist attack” over leaflets it has disseminated headed “can you trust Habib?”, which tenuously attack her over rate increases at the City of Marion, where she is a councillor. Steven Marshall responded that there was “no room for racism in South Australian politics”, and even federal Attorney-General has weighed in that the pamphlet was “overtly racist”. While the phrases “thinly veiled” and especially “overtly” may be off the mark, it is interesting to observe, as does Sarah Martin of The Australian, that the distinctive typeface used in the heading was last seen in the Rudd government’s “you won’t be settled in Australia” advertisements, ostensibly targeted at asylum seekers yet curiously run primarily in Australian newspapers. Nonetheless, conservative Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi won points for intellectual consistency for demurring from the party line, asking “how it’s racist to use someone’s surname”.

• Responding to the above, Jay Weatherill took pleasure in observing there was “only one party who have been found guilty by the Electoral Commissioner to have put out inaccurate and misleading information and that’s the Liberal Party”. This referred to a ruling requiring the party to withdraw and retract a radio advertisement it paid for and authorised which was voiced by Mel Calone, an independent candidate for the seat of Lee who is campaigning against the government over its handling of the school sex abuse issue. Calone said Jay Weatherill “chose not to tell parents” about the rape of a seven-year-old school student, which was at odds with the findings of the Debelle royal commmission. Personally, I have my doubts about the value of charging the Electoral Commissioner with ruling on such issues, which inevitably draw her into the partisan conflict that surrounds them.

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Psephos
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Maybe election night will be more interesting than the football after all.

spur212
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Those two polls are by Galaxy by the way

spur212
Guest

If the ALP holds seats like Mitchell and Newland, I reckon we might be looking at a hung parliament. I reckon they’ll hold Light, Colton and Mawson. Not sure about the rest under 5% 2PP. Some say the ALP are quietly confident in Elder. Maybe it’s seats higher up the pendulum that will fall.

spur212
Guest

There are polls on Mitchell and Newland coming out at 4.00pm local time according to The Advertiser. “Spectacular results” apparently

spur212
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sykesie
Guest

Abbott might be sending in the drones … but he didn’t bother inviting Jay Weatherill to the announcement at the Edinburgh RAAF Base today, but did invite Stephen Marshall.

Pathetic.

Independently Thinking
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Independently Thinking

TT

If I was Labor I would do an ad in the Tiser for tomorrow copying the headline ‘Abbott sends in the drones’, cross out the word ‘Drones’ and replace with ‘Clowns’ and underneath a pic of Steven Marshall with the line, ‘Don’t bother, they’re here’.

Or maybe only I have a deep knowledge of politics AND musicals.

Toorak Toff
Guest

Today’s front page headline in the Tiser:

ABBOTT SENDS IN THE DRONES

He has plenty to spare.

spur212
Guest

They wouldn’t put Mulligan in right away. They’d give him a bit of parliamentary experience first. I agree that he’d be a good choice. Preferable to someone like Koutsantonis who has a bit of a reputation down here for being a dickhead

Rational Leftist
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[the cabinet]

I meant shadow ministry there.

Rational Leftist
Guest

I think Mullighan is definitely a suitable candidate for the job. I think we’ll probably initially see someone like Snelling in the top job but he won’t last that long and certainly won’t be Premier. I think the Right and Left would be best suited to getting Mullighan and Close into the cabinet and putting them in as Leader and Deputy respectively.

This assumes, of course, that Mullighan wins in Lee, as the seat is not a dead cert for Labor.

Rational Leftist
Guest
[Weatherill sticking around in a minority would be a recipe for an absolute massacre at the next election.] Absolutely. The difference between now and 2002 (the last hung parliament) is this one is a result of the tide turning against Labor, rather than the Liberals. If Labor retained a minority government, it would look like they’re desperately holding on against the will of the people. Of course, it would be severely unlikely that Labor could win a minority government with the potential crossbenchers, as they all seem to be country independents or populists who’ll go with the state tide. Also,… Read more »
Psephos
Guest

Mulligan looks the part.
https://twitter.com/SMullighan

Psephos
Guest

[After all of that, the whisperings I am hearing out of ALP headquarters is the feeling the goose isn’t quite cooked yet …]

I gather the feeling is that a hung parliament is still possible. But in that event Labor should resign and let Marshall form a minority government, in the pretty reasonable hope that it will be a failure. Weatherill sticking around in a minority would be a recipe for an absolute massacre at the next election.

Independently Thinking
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Independently Thinking

I can tell you the chance of Jay Weatherill staying as Labor leader after the election for longer than it takes time for Don Farrell to pick up the phone and say ‘go’ is NIL.

But I don’t think the Left will ever be given the leadership again as long as the ALP exist. They may take over the ALP and do it, but given it..forget it.

sykesie
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Whilst Weatherill’s reaction to Farrell’s possible candidacy was a bit ridiculous, Farrell’s lack of judgement in announcing his candidacy only weeks before the writs were issued was pretty pathetic IMHO. Shows a complete lack of political judgement and disrespect to the voters of the electorate. It a shame because everyone I know who has worked or had dealings with Farrell have found him to be quite a gentleman. A better bet for the ALP will be Stephen Mulligan who is being groomed by the right (even though he would be a sophomore MP). Koutsantonis isn’t the right choice. After all… Read more »
Psephos
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Weatherill terminated his career in the ALP, as well as any chance of winning the election, with his absurd petulant tantrum over Farrell. And it’ll be a long time before the Left get given the leadership again.

Rau is 54 which is a bit old for a new leader.

Rational Leftist
Guest

Weatherill will stop down if they lose (an almost certain outcome), which is normal for a party when it gets toppled from power.

If, in the extremely unlikely event Labor does win, then I don’t think we can bank on Labor’s stability from the last 20 years keeping JW safe. While it’s perfectly plausible he could stay on, the government will probably find itself in an increasingly worse position, polling-wise (I suspect, if Labor hold on, the next election will be “baseball bat” territory) and, with that, the party will get increasingly desperate and topple him.

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