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One up, two down, down under

Queensland, Australia happily going into Labor for the 5th Time




No, they’re not giving birth to a sister island for little Tasmania. And this doesn’t mean that OctoMom has gone on vacation. They’re holding elections, and it looks like the Labor party is still keeping the Liberal party at bay. And they will have a lady in charge; first time ever.

The Queensland Labor Government appears headed for a historic fifth term in office with a modest swing to the Liberal National Party.

“I’m calling a Labor victory in this election,” retiring Education Minister Rod Welford told ABC radio at 7.43pm (AEST) . Earlier, federal Small Business Minister Craig Emerson and Labor senator Mark Arbib also said the Bligh Government had been returned.

With 55 per cent of the vote counted, Labor appears to hold 54 seats in the 89-seat parliament, a loss of four seats. The Liberal National Party appears to have 32 seats, with three independents holding their seats.

ABC election analyst Anthony Green also called the election for Labor. “I think we can say Labor is back,” he said.

A Labor victory will hand Anna Bligh the honour of becoming Australia’s first elected female premier.

“I will do everything in my power to make sure I do not let you down.”

Ms Bligh acknowledged the swing against Labor and promised her party would deliver this term.

“I want to say to those Queenslanders, I have heard your message loud and clear,” she said.

“I know that you want us to do better in government. And you and every other Queenslander deserve the best.

“The assurance I give you tonight and the assurance I give every other Queenslander is that I will work every single day of the next term of government to deliver better government.”

Ms Bligh said if Labor failed again, it would not take long before “people will start marking us very harshly”.

The Premier said Cyclone Hamish and the Pacific Adventurer oil spill [ a recent 1300 barrel event ] had made it difficult to get Labor’s message across to voters.

Notice that the Queenslanders did not A) need Jimmy Carter to oversee the election process, and B) kill each other in the streets. Typical white people, them and their damned orderly transition of political power. When will they ever learn how to do things properly?

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Elsewhere down there, because I don’t write about Oz all that often and I have to get off this damn computer and get things done,





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