See also : loon pond on NSW Labor, and no need for the conservative commentariat, not when you have the rats in the ranks … (March 30, 2011).
Sadly, The Aussie Resistance is at a low ebb at the moment: the APP’s Nicholas Hunter FOLKES received just 208 votes of confidence from the citizens of Balmain, narrowly defeating some guy called SHAPIRO (who got just 147 votes) but failing to overcome Jane Ward (another Independent), whose passion for social justice translated into her getting 486 votes.
In Mulgoa, AF candidate Tony ROBINSON fared far better than did FOLKES, gaining 1,322 votes (3.9%), while his kameraden in Riverstone, Tony PETTITT, received 470 (1.2%).
In Keira, HARVEY Paola (SA) got 449 votes (1.4%), coming last. In Marrickville, SA’s HINMAN, Pip was pitted against the SEP‘s COGAN, James. Hinman defeated Cogan by 661 votes (1.9%) to 458 (1.3%). In Newcastle, the battle was between SA’s ALCORN, Zane and the SEP’s HOLT, Noel. Zane’s dope rhymes secured him 563 votes (1.7%) while Noel’s unswerving commitment to the principles of the International Committee of the Fourth International meant he got 139 votes (0.4%). Note that the presumed leader of the ‘Progressive Labor Party’, Rod Noble, won 1,016 (3.1%). Of course, the real story in Newcastle, as elsewhere in NSW, is the massive swing against Labor:
It is too early to say what will happen in the seat of Newcastle which is set to be decided on preferences but it is expected to fall to the Liberals for the first time in more than a century. Liberal candidate, Tim Owen attracted 36-per-cent of the primary vote, while Labor’s Jodi McKay held onto a primary vote of 31-per-cent.
In Parramatta–where there was a 26% swing against Labor–SA’s RODEN, Duncan, received 528 votes (1.6%); in Auburn, the SEP’s KENNETT, Carolyn, got 349 votes and in Bankstown her comrade PHILLIPS, Richard 613: both placed last of 7 candidates. Finally, in the race for the Senate, SA (7,761 votes) narrowly defeated the productivist mania of the BUILDING AUSTRALIA party (6,915 votes), thereby avoiding last place.
In summary, the results were pretty much as expected.
Further afield and against the odds, the Greens done look to have lost another opportunity to gain a seat or two in the Lower House, while predictions of Labor’s death are no doubt exaggerated: it’s a two-party system, stupid. Interestingly: “THE former Greens MLC Ian Cohen said the party’s support for a boycott of Israel may have contributed to disappointing results in Balmain and Marrickville.”
See also : 2011 NSW State Election : Left ~versus~ Right (March 6, 2011).