Just past 8am and the polling booths will have just opened for today’s election. There will be no surprises in Surry Hills where Labor is 100% sure to win. But nation-wide? There were those at last night’s meeting still saying “landslide to Labor” but it does seem it will be a very close thing.
I have to say I thought Noel Pearson’s dummy spit yesterday was impolitic. He could have saved that for after the election. I really wonder too whether he bothered to look beyond the campaigning hype (on both sides) at actual ALP policy on Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs, particularly Constitutional Recognition Of Indigenous Australians. All he has done is tarnish his own reputation for a degree of balance and originality — for which I have up to now tended to respect him — and made life difficult for himself if Labor gets elected.
Here in Surry Hills it is a grey morning and the sound of crows fills the air. Is this ominous? If so, for whom? I go coaching in Chinatown shortly and will vote either on the way there or on the way home, depending on the crowds. Meanwhile I note, if this relates to anything, the relative readership figures for the past 21 hours on my blogs here at WP:
This blog 209
Oz Politics 142
Old Teachers Never Die 6 (Blogspot/Sitemeter)
Duty done at last. James O’Brien (now using the latest WP template I see) has given his account of voting in Surry Hills. Like him I was called to the head of the queue as a “local”, but whereas he voted at Bourke Street Public School, as in his picture below, I voted in Riley Street at the special school for disturbed adolescents.
I didn’t see anyone take a Liberal Party how-to-vote leaflet.
My Senate vote was much less interesting than Jim Belshaw’s, but I did have a problem. Who should I put last? It really was difficult as at least one third of the candidates were hotly competing for the honour.
M is here according to today’s email and heading back into Argentina on Sunday/Monday.
Jim Belshaw has predicted at about 6.30 pm a Labor win by 10-20 seats, and at around 7.30 that Howard has gone from Parliament. At 8.20pm Channel Nine has given Bennelong to Maxine McKew, the Labor candidate and John Howard’s opponent. But it isn’t really over… Definitely not, as postal votes may affect the outcome.