Senior moments of Australia steeped in political morass.

photoThe eight weeks of electioneering in Australia had finally come to an end. The voting had finished at 6pm on the second of July. The counting had started right on cue at all the scrutineering posts. Helvi and I had settled down on the claret coloured settee. Milo had been fed. The wine decanted and breathing heavily. It was all-ready-set-and-go. The TV was switched on soon followed by the sound bar. It is one of those electrifying evenings that one might still talk about for years to come. Forget about Dr Who or God of Thrones. Election night hasn’t been missed for at least thirty years.

The Government funded advertisement free TV station, the ABC, has always been our favoured channel to watch. As the early figures started to come in we were heartened by a swing towards the left. We are left of the centre but not so left as to drop into the stormwater drain of rioting unions or brick throwing bakers. That might be so because of our age. Our brick throwing days are over. If anything could still be thrown it would be a marsh-mellow. We do believe that the rich get smoked salmon and the poor mainly Salvation Army soup. The gap is increasing and the people getting restless.

As the evening wore on and with the wine taking its effect, the two person party in our household was swinging. All caution to the wind. The power of our multi millionaire Prime Minister was drooping. Seat by seat Labor was winning at the expense of the Liberal & Nationals. At the same time it also became clear that the Duopoly of both major parties was being curtailed. Both parties were losing out on the primary vote which went to a bewildering number of smaller parties. Pauline Hanson’s ‘One Nation Party’ did a Lazarus after almost twenty years in the never never wilderness. She sucked in the anti-immigration, anti Muslim, and anti halal certification vote. She made sure that at the election barbeques around her area, all her admiring xenophobes were provided with non-halal sausages. Her prime attraction for voters was to pass a law that would insist on CCTV cameras be installed in all mosques.

At the end of the evening ( and it was now 1.30am) the experts on elections announced the most likely scenario would be another ‘hung government.’ This election was supposed to be to strengthen the Government of the LNP PM’s Malcolm Turnbull grip on the future of Australia. It might take days if not weeks to get a final result. It is likely, another election will be held before Christmas. The reflections by Mr and Mrs Oosterman are, that our PM just did not follow up on the image that we had of an innovative progressive leader. He did not pass legislation on the SSM that the nation overwhelmingly wanted, and instead went for a $150 million plebiscite at the end of this year. The other promise of lowering taxation for businesses at the expense of health and education was also seen as a hand out to the ‘big-end’ of town.

Australia is now faced with uncertainty, yet life goes on. We had a terrific evening. The sun came up, darkness lifted. At least, the LNP are now in a downward spiral. Exciting times ahead. I do hope that the prospects for the refugees on Nauru and Manus Islands will get resolved soon.

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26 Responses to “Senior moments of Australia steeped in political morass.”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    Ho-hum, and away we go again.

    I love the image of your red wine breathing heavily!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We got so excited we just had the one bottle. Every time a result of seat was announced with the graphics of the red percentage going towards the Labor side, we would both leap up in the air, levitate for a short second, clap hands and fall back on the settee. Marvellous night.

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  2. Master of Something Yet Says:

    Even in this Doctor Who loving, Game of Thrones avoiding household, election night coverage is appointment viewing. (The not-yet-old-enough-to-vote Middle Son was crushed he had to work but reconciled himself that as his shift ended at 9pm he should still be home in time for most of the count. Little did he know….) But then, we are a mostly left-leaning household and therefore more attracted to justice-seeking mavericks than royal families.

    I loved the ABC coverage, particularly near the end of the night when they were started to lose their sanity. (As were we all.) Leigh Sales’ comment “Suck on that, Kerry O’Brien” was a winner. (And apparently someone really did send Annabelle Crabbe a pizza.)

    Interesting times ahead.

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  3. gerard oosterman Says:

    Wasn’t Turnbull’s speech terrible and so late too? I wondered if he had taken a couple of fortifying snifters of Advokaat (Dutch courage drink) to gain enough za-zoom to face his party disciples that had waited rather gloomily for well past mid-night. His arteries in his neck were visibly throbbing. Would Lucy have consoled him with; ‘now, now dear, its going to be alright.’

    I wonder how he now feels? The Messiah who proved to be worse than Abbott. His mantra of ‘Jobs and Growth’ now sounds like a sub-tropical disease brought on by ‘Stopping the Boats.’

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    • Master of Something Yet Says:

      Turnbull’s speech was a dummy spit. It never ceases to amaze me how the major parties refuse to acknowledge “we were wrong” and instead always go with the “we was robbed” approach. Any wonder their primary vote is slipping away.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        It is getting really weird.

        Rumors have it that Pauline Hanson of the anti refugee One Nation Party was radicalised by a Halal certified sausage at her barbeque. It was reported to have been sneaked in by a dark, swarthy looking man wearing a gabardine coat and sunglasses.

        The sausage was inserted in her bread roll by the use of the lubricating and copious amount of Tomato sauce imported from Syria.

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  4. lifecameos Says:

    It is so fascinating watching your election from the sidelines. But our economists keep reminding us that NZ’s economy does tie in with Australia’s, and your mess could very well be our mess. We are watching with great interest.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      So far, everything seems as before. The trains are running and the kids are on their skate-boards. We had the grandchildren coming over the day after the election. The eldest is again back to reading very thick books. The younger one got up at five to watch the soccer of Ice-land against France.
      All seems normal so far.

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      • shoreacres Says:

        This made me laugh. I called a friend in Wales last week. As i told her, “Now that Brexit’s (presumably) a done deal, I wanted to make sure the phone lines still were working.” They were, of course. After the predicted plunge, the markets here have recovered nicely, and my friend said she noticed the sun still was shining.

        I’m laying in popcorn for the conventions later this month, and maybe a little something stronger to drink. After some sleight-of-hand, Hillary was pronounced fit for service today, and trotted off to campaign, while Mr. T mentioned he thought perhaps we would be better off were Saddam Hussein still around. I suppose he was trying to make the point that certain destabilizing actions in the area weren’t as helpful as everyone hoped, but still…. Good grief.

        Well, as a friend says, we did survive the Civil War. We’re not yet at the worst we’ve faced — but it’s still a bit unnerving. It looks like we’re all in for a bit of turmoil in the medium future.

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      • lifecameos Says:

        That’s good to see.

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  5. rodhart (@roderick_hart) Says:

    I wonder if the claret coloured sofa was originally that colour or has become so over the years as you and Helvi quaffed claret while watching election programms on ABC?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      No, the colour of the sofa was claret before, but since quaffing has turned a deeper and more vibrant hue. If sofas could talk!
      The election counting will start up again in about ten minutes. Eight seats are in doubt with five leaning towards the left.
      The minor parties have done the best of all. Fancy our PM Turnbull having to negotiate with the One Nation Party of Pauline Hanson to form a government. She firmly believes the Chinese will take over all our Fish & Chips emporiums.

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  6. Curt Mekemson Says:

    All I can say, Gerard, is that our election better not be that close or I might be moving to Australia to live with you and Helvi.🙂 –Curt

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  7. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Perhaps Dr. A and I will have the same electrifying evening during our coming conventions this month. I can only look forward to which of these two extraordinary people will be chosen to lead our misguided country. At least they have figured out Hillary’s emails to someone’s satisfaction, and the Donald’s mouth has not insulted anyone new in the past couple of days.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, one election over and another one coming. Who could have thought? I tell you, it’s all a circus now. Who needs clowns when the best of them keep appearing on our screens.
      I keep thinking of Sargent Bilko each time Donald pops up. Why is that?

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    • shoreacres Says:

      Whoopsie! You spoke too soon. I’m not sure who he was insulting (except maybe our intelligence) but the Donald just proposed today that we’d be better off with Saddam Hussein still at the helm. I think if I had a bottle of wine around here, i’d open it.

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  8. stuartbramhall Says:

    You’re really luck to have a commercial-free state TV station. Here in NZ, our state-run stations have even more ads than the corporations. Under our current National government, they’re expected to run themselves like corporations and return a dividend to the taxpayer.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Advertising in Holland on radio and TV was unknown in Holland prior to 1956 when we arrived here. I am sure they too have now taken to advertising.
      I do remember feeling a bit dubious ( after arrival) when in Australia you had Omo soap powder being advertised as the best, when after 5 minutes another ad would be up about Persil being the best. I felt genuinely puzzled how that could be and felt it to be very dishonest.

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  9. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Seems as if the US and Australia are in similar situations, political wise- that is.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I am sure the world would be better without elections. I know that Belgium could not for a long time forma government. It went for over a year and people were so happy.
      I can’t say I take to Trump. He seems to suffer from anger with his face all so red. And those blond girls in the back-ground all so blemish free and artificial. Are they alive or just props held up by brackets screwed to the podium floor by the use of self-tappers?

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      • petspeopleandlife Says:

        Everything about him is over the top and artificial. So are the women. What does he need “props” for? Is it because is so dang ugly and he needs a distraction? The man is beyond rude and crass.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        I feel that Trumps’ days are now coming to an end. The Democrats should now do him slowly, a day at a time. He needs to be brought to squirm, slip and slide.
        Do him slowly!

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  10. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    One of my wise old aunties always said “They aren’t real you know”, regarding those beautiful blonds in the background.

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