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And the winner is … Colin Barnett

Posted by occidentprone on September 14, 2008

Finally, WA has a government. Fairy godmother Brendon Grylls has anointed Colin Barnett and the Liberals to run the State for the next little bit.

WA Today reports: 

Nationals leader Brendon Grylls announced he would form a coalition with the Liberals after the Nationals State Council meeting this morning.

The decision came after intense discussions between the Nationals state executive yesterday as to which of the major parties it would direct its balance of power to, enabling them to form government.

Mr Grylls said “The Nationals have agreed to negotiate combined power with the Liberal government.”

He drove a hard bargain with both of the major parties to ensure his ‘royalties for regions’ policy was implemented.

The policy will see more than $2 billion in royalties flow back to the regions in the form of infrastructure and services.

Mr Grylls’ announcement came after Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce an alliance with Labor would have ramifications for the Nationals. (Source: WA Today)

Now we know.

From The West Australian:

Colin Barnett’s stunning political comeback has been completed with the National Party today deciding to help the Liberals form a minority government. 

The Liberals won 24 seats in the September 6 election. They will be able to form government with 30 seats in the Lower House by using four seats won by the Nationals and two independent Liberal seats.

Mr Grylls told reporters the decision came after 25 hours of talk, and said the Nationals had two “very good” proposals from both Labor and the Liberals.

He said the Nationals weighed up the proposals and the numbers from last weekend’s vote count before arriving at their decision.

“I take my independent stance as the most important thing I have to officer regional WA,” Mr Grylls said.

Mr Grylls said he was not prepared to go into a traditional coalition with the Liberals, and said that National Party MPs would reserve the right to vote against the government.

The decision on who might lead is over but the details of what else the Libs had to compromise on to seal the deal is yet to emerge.

Any guesses?

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More poll dancing

Posted by occidentprone on September 13, 2008

The runes are pointing to a conservative coalition taking the helm in WA.

The ABC reports concern among National MPs about an unholy alliance with the ALP. And then there’s pressure from Colin Barnett and the Liberals who claim the voters sent an anti-Labor mandate and therefore there’s nothing the Nats can do but side with Barnett for a conservative coalition. 

Barnett would do well to remember that the voters might have swung AGAINST Labor, but they didn’t swing FOR the Liberals enough for them to govern outright. If that’s what they wanted, that’s what they would have done.

The voters, in Barnett’s mind are apparently some amorphous mass tilting in the same direction like a school of minnows,  had enough concerns about the Liberal rabble not to hand command of the whole state over to them.

Now, we wait until tomorrow to find out what direction we’ll all be swimming in for the next few years.

 

Incidentally, reading election results booth by booth on the Electoral Commission makes for interesting time-wasting if you really have nothing better to do and you have an active imagination. For example, in the seat of Eyre, in the booth of the Dalyup Progress Association Hall, there were 109 votes cast and 1 vote for the Greens candidate. And they call themselves a progress association!

Some earnest writers festival workshop somewhere could probably even make an exercise of it: Imagine that one voter. An out-of-towner? A short-stay tree planter? Was he run out of town?

Like court gags to prevent juveniles and victims being identified in small communities, so too should the Electoral Commission merge the results of a few booths to prevent weirdo greenies being hunted down and shot (or rabid communities being embarrassed for that matter).

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The last popstar National – where is he now?

Posted by occidentprone on September 12, 2008

Whatever happened to Bill O’Chee, the last young National with a national profile, the last lightning rod for rural youth?

Bill O’Cheesecake (as Helen Razer used to call him) was a member of the Senate from 1990 to 1999. But now the www shows him as an avid Amazon reviewer of such tomes as Never Give In: The Best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches and Lost Camels of Tartary.

No doubt Brendan Grylls can beat O’Chee’s Amazon rank of 19,826 and 157 helpful votes if this horse-trading caper goes awry.

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You call that a black hole?

Posted by occidentprone on September 12, 2008

The big news around the world at the moment is the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, which is taking us all into the unknown with experiments in smashing particles. It aimed to re-enact the conditions which brought the Big Bang about.  The scaredy cats feared it would end (or begin) with a black hole, sucking away life as we know it.

Which brings us to election results in Western Australia.

Talk about our universe collapsing in on itself. (Apologies to real physicists for borrowing the terminology without a nano of understanding.) 

Voters and other uninterested parties are waiting till Sunday when we might know who which party (or parties or rabble of inependents) will be leading the state until the next election (which might not be that far away so steel yourselves).

WA’s own ball of kinetic energy, Brendan Grylls, is defying the laws of physics, and democracy, by holding the big boys by the dark matter until they concede to his demands – the main one being that WA apportion a quarter of its resources riches to country areas.

Fair enough.

But does he mean all of WA outside Perth? Does he mean just the poorly neglected pockets of the state? Does he mean just the man-on-the-land constituency of the Nationals? 

Will he demand adequate treatment and resources and infrastructure so badly required in Aboriginal communities so that they might have lower mortality and infant mortality, improved health, justice and education just to close the disgusting gap with their white counterparts?

Grylls showed promise in his maiden speech in Parliament that he shared these concerns so let’s hope he comes through if the big boys (currently sooking behind the drinking fountain) come through on a Nationals deal.

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