Today’s the day. After six years of Labor incompetence and obsession with leadership battles, Machiavellian sub-plots, the best-forgotten Gillard Experiment, and the finale of Rudd Redux, Australians today will finally have their chance to go to the polls and cast an unequivocal verdict on the worst government in our history.
All polls show Tony Abbott heading for a landslide win; yet his first term will mark him more as a winner by default, than in his own right. The electorate aren’t voting for a conservative government; rather, they are joyfully booting out Labor. Abbott hasn’t outlined any grand vision for Australia, he hasn’t captivated the minds of voters, and he will carry with him into government no mandate for radical change. His stump-speech mantras of stop the waste, turn back the boats, end the carbon tax and end the mining tax will be quite enough of an agenda for his first term anyway.
Polling booths open in just over ninety minutes; I’ll be around here more or less all day, then from the close of polls at 1800 AEST (2000 NZST, 0900 BST, 0400 EDT, 0100 PDT) I’ll be hosting an live online election night party here, plus random jottings, breaking news and any questions or comments you may like to add. Plus lots of Aussie music from the Juke Box.
So strap yourselves in for what promises to be an exhilarating ride! Where Australia goes today, the world will follow tomorrow 🙂