It’s almost time to start counting the votes.
Many readers will be watching the live count but for those who aren’t, please feel free to drop in with your comments and impressions.
As the night unfolds there are bound to be a dozen new stories worth sharing.
Will we know the winner by tonight? If it’s anything like 2010 then maybe we won’t, however, the latest polls tell us that the government will be returned, albeit narrowly. Or maybe Turnbull might lead a minority government? Or it might be a hung parliament? In due course we’ll know if the latest polls were right.
A fortnight ago the polls ‘suggested’ that ago that Labor might crawl over the line, which seemed to be the signal for the mainstream media to step in and throw their weight behind the government. We’ve come to expect that from the Murdoch media, and lately from the ABC, but Fairfax took everybody by surprise when yesterday both The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald did an about-turn and jumped on the Turnbull bandwagon. This from the SMH was a stunner:
“If Australia gets this decision right, the nation should enjoy the economic strength and social progress to create greater opportunities for all. Given the choice between a Coalition led by the socially progressive economic reformer Mr Turnbull, and a Shorten-led Labor party backed by reform-resistant unions, we support the election of a Turnbull government”.
This bit; “greater opportunities for all” was hard for most people to get their head around. Perhaps the SMH might consider, as an indication of these ‘greater opportunities’, what you will not get with a Turnbull Government as indicated from our poster below. Perhaps there is something else they might have in mind … that none of us know about.
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