I have had little interest in blogging of late, life things (got engaged, woot) and an uninspiring campaign meant a big zero posts from the election campaign. I think it was hard for any politically engaged person to be passionate about either side during the campaign. Both were trying to outdo the other in having the smallest target campaign. So much so that it didn’t give enough voters a reason to vote for the major parties and hence neither side could form a majority.
Now that Labor has formed government, News Ltd and the conservative cheerleaders have been running a line that the new government is illegitimate, has no mandate blah blah blah through all sorts of dodgy reasoning.
professional editor and amateur cyberstalker Tim Blair over at the Daily Terror said this.
True, but only in the sense that no Australian Prime Minister is ever elected by the Australian people, but is selected by the group that has the largest number in the house of representatives. So John Howard has never been “elected” as PM and neither has Julia Gillard.
But perhaps Tim was hinting that as government was decided in the end by independents Labor doesn’t have a majority in their own right. Fair enough, but you just know Tim and the other clowns wouldnt dare call Tony Abbott unelected if he had been given the nod by the inds. And he would have been just as unelected as Gillard.
And remember in 2008 when the West Australian Parliament had a similar fate? The decision as to who would form government was decided by the West Australian national party which did not have a coalition with either major party. After long negotiations the Nationals decided to back the Liberals, but funnily enough the conservative clowns who are now calling Gillard unelected were not saying the same thing about a Liberal Premier being selected not by the people but by people holding the balance of power.
Remember, if someone says Gillard was not elected but they didn’t say the same thing about Colin Barnett the Liberal Premier, they are a hypocrite.
This government clearly didnt have overwhelming support and didnt win a majority, but neither did the coalition and any government they would have formed would have been just as legitimate.