Skip to comments.Live Thread: Australian Federal Election Count
Posted on 11/23/2007 10:55:46 PM PST by naturalman1975
In about minutes, polling booths across the eastern side of Australia will close, and counting will begin in the 2007 Australian election. I - and anybody else - who wants to become involved - will be posting in this thread updates based on Australian TV concerning the count.
The polls over the last year have been suggesting Labor under Kevin Rudd will win this election, ending John Howard’s 11 year period as Prime Minister (Australia’s second longest serving Prime Minister) and 11 years of government by the Liberal/National Coalition. Over the last week, and the last day or so, polls have started suggesting the result will be much closer, and that the election is winnable by the Coalition. But we basically have to wait and see. Polls can be right. They can be very wrong.
I don’t know how long I going stay up but I check out election
HEY MAN Aussie Age wire has coveage from Sky news Austrila right now on their site
Here’s the situation.
Australia has two Houses of Parliament - the House of Representatives and the Senate. All House seats have gone to the polls today in a general election, and the government is the party or coalition of parties that controls the House of Representatives, and their leader is the Prime Minister.
There are 150 seats, so winning 76 seats means you can govern in your own right.
There are three main parties - two of these, the Liberals and Nationals are in coalition - they are the current government and are conservative. The opposition is Labor.
There are minor parties, but to determine government, we look at these three.
Polls are now closed on the east coast, and counting has begun.
Thanks for posting... past bedtime over here, will check out in the morning.
Exit polls suggest a swing to Labor - Labor needs a swing of greater than 4%.
OH I SEEE
You are right if turn out PM Howard may have lost their election that sucks
I tell you one thing I think history would judge PM Howard less harsh than his own people on war on terror
Kevin Rudd on course for comfortable win, according to ALP strategists and early exit polling.
John Howard bump!
Prior to this election, the Coalition held 88 seats (75 Liberal, 13 National), Labor 60, with 2 independents.
Labor therefore needs to gain 16 seats to win.
Been eyeballing events as reported at Tim Blair’s blog today.
Sounds close from what folk have been saying so far.
We’re just waiting now for early numbers.
I said on a previous thread that my gut feeling was that the Libs would loose 20+ seats.
I really hope that Labor will fall short but I’ve got a really bad feeling about this one.
I’m not game to make a prediction at this point, so I won’t challenge yours. Of course, I hope you’re wrong.
Are you in Usidedownlandia, The Oz now?
Yes, posting from just outside Melbourne. I’m in the currently Liberal electorate of Dunkley, held by the Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, Bruce Bilson.
Very cool. I must admit, I still flinch when I read “Liberal”. That’s just hard to get over.
Looks like the first polling place has counted, LOL.
Liberal/National Coalition 375 71.56 +0.26
Australian Labor Party 149 28.44 -0.26
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Blair just posted this link:
Andrew Bolt calls it for Labor via exit polls.
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