For 120 years Labor has been the force of fairness, equality and reform in Australia.
Unusually, newly-elected Campbell Newman “pledged last night his new, overwhelmingly powerful government would conduct itself with humility, grace and dignity” rather than pride, awkwardness and degradation.
In other news, the Socialist Alliance candidate in Dalrymple, Jason Briskey, seems to have narrowly beaten some bloke called Christopher Williamson — about whom I can find no other information — and thus avoided last place. In Sandgate, Mike Crook, despite riding into battle on a donkey, appears unable to have avoided Williamson’s fate, Christian fundamentalism proving to be twice as popular a doctrine among the people of northern Brisbane as eco-socialism (maybe the Red Eureka Tendency is right?). Finally, in Southgate, Comrade Liam Flenady — whose attachment to SA is strangely absent on the QEC site results — also failed to set the night on fire.
On the other side of the equation, the six candidates for One Nation failed to generate much enthusiasm, the party’s place being supplanted by The Mad Hatter (whose son got bumped into Parliament in Dalrymple). Despite its pithy appeal, “Our own obtuse governments are commercial sluts!” proved not to be a winning slogan. In Ashgrove, NELSON, Ian may have got as many as 50 votes; in Gympie, FERRARO, Santo polled a respectable 1%; CHIDGEY, David may have obtained as much as 1.5 or even 2% of the vote in Capalaba; in Logan, AGGETT, Troy was badly out-polled by the Pauline-Hanson-Plus-Hat brigade, a situation repeated in both Cook (EVANS, James) and Beaudesert (State President SAVAGE, Jim).
Late Breaking News
Bob Briton, formerly of The Communists (nee Communist Alliance) stood for the seat of Port Adelaide in February. He got 292 votes (1.5%), crushing both One Nation (269) and Democratic Labor (151) under his progressive jackboot. Previously, Bob was the Communist candidate for the seat of Lee in March 2010. On that occasion he got 608 votes (2.9%).