Turnbull: Won by One
Widely hailed as a “masterstroke” by the mainstream media at the time, and in particular Chris Uhlmann and Leigh Sales at the ABC, Malcolm Turnbull’s double dissolution election – y’know the election we had to have for the sake of the ABCC (remember that?) – has been hailed as a “resounding success” by almost no one with the full senate results now sitting at:
Coalition – 30
Labor – 26
Greens – 9
One Nation – 4
That’s right, the Party that John Howard once declared as an “irrelevance” is now the fourth strongest political power in the nation thanks to Malcolm’s monumental genius.
Yes, the once revered so-called “moderate” within the ranks of the Liberal Party has now orchestrated the stratospheric resurrection of Pauline Hanson and her party of blindly ignorant Islamophobes, racists and homophobes. Congratulations Malcolm! Only you could’ve pulled this off.
The so-called double dissolution election and the associated pre-election deals between the major parties was intended to wipe out the influence of the independents and put an end to their ability to stifle government legislation. Instead we now 11 independent crossbenchers (up from eight in the previous parliament).
In order to pass a bill through Parliament, the government now needs 39 votes in the Senate, meaning it is nine votes short. Before the election, it was six votes short.
Won by One
With counting all over bar the shouting the Turnbull government has been returned to power with the barest majority possible – by just one seat in Parliament.
The result represents a resounding rejection of Turnbull’s “trickle down” economic plan for jobs and growth with the economy stagnating and wages growth on the decline.
Turnbull’s standing within his own party was already on the ropes before the election but now must be clearly be on life support, so much so that he felt compelled to donate $2 million of his own not-so-hard-earned cash to the Libs’ coffers to shore up his position.
With Cory Bernardi and the right wing nutjobs to riding roughshod over what little left there is of Turnbull’s authority within his own party, and a public disenchanted with his spineless leadership, it’s only a matter of time before the whole sorry charade of this self-professed “adult government” falls over in a heap.