Posts Tagged ‘ northern territory ’

Voters turn against Labor states, says Newspoll

Sep 24th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

Labor’s longest-serving premier, Mike Rann, is in deep trouble in South Australia, where the ALP’s primary vote has been overtaken by the state Liberals, leaving tied after preferences. Labor’s primary vote in Queensland dropped five percentage points to 38 per cent, against 41 per cent for the newly merged Liberal National Party.

An ABC of failed premiers

Sep 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Three state and territory Labor governments are at the heart of the storms buffeting Australian politics. New South Wales’ economy is shrinking and last week its government imploded spectacularly. The Northern Territory Government mismanaged the crisis of child protection in indigenous communities that led to the federal intervention last year. And the West Australian Government is on the verge of losing office after an opportunistic and cynical election campaign.

Nine months of nothingness

Sep 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

With the mood turning against Labor in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Kevin Rudd may need a new plan. How about an action plan? For more than nine months, like a period of gestation, we have waited in anticipation for the change that the Prime Minister claimed this country needed after the Howard years. Smarting from attacks that his Government lacked direction, Rudd hurriedly rushed out a few planks in his education revolution a few weeks ago.

Western Australia votes for political balance

Sep 8th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

There is now a dual message that is more lethal than the Labor Party anticipated, and which offers fresh hope for the Liberal Party. It is caused by the combination of ineffective state ALP governments, the absence of any Liberal incumbent on which to cast blame, and the disposition of the Australian voter for political balance.

Liberal National Party gives Bligh cause for worry

Sep 1st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Knowing that Lawrence Springborg’s attempts to merge the warring state Liberal and Nationals had failed twice before, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh claimed that a merger would be a test of Springborg’s leadership. The problem for Bligh is that Springborg has pulled off what many had thought was politically impossible.

Tough love is now bipartisan

Aug 27th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

For too long, welfare has been seen as an unfettered right, without any attendant responsibilities. Now, the children of the generation lost in the rights-based culture of the 1960s and ’70s risk being lost too unless policies encourage parents to accept responsibility for their children. Accordingly, Labor’s belated acknowledgment of past policy failures is to be applauded.

Labor wins, Mills concedes defeat in Fannie Bay

Aug 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

The make up of the Northern Territory parliament rested on the result in Fannie Bay. If Labor had failed to secure the seat, Independent Gerry Wood would have held the balance of power in the hung parliament.

Recount for key NT seats

Aug 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

The Northern Territory poll produced the first threat to Labor’s historic hold on power federally and in every state and territory across the nation. If Labor loses the seat of Fannie Bay as well as the three other electorates that are all but certain to fall to the Country Liberal Party, there will be a hung parliament with the balance of power resting with an independent - former chicken farmer Gerry Wood.

Massive swing against Labor in Northern Territory

Aug 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

It has been predicted that the Labor Government will drop from 19 seats to 13, while the Country Liberal Party will climb from four to 11. The shock result stunned Chief Minister Paul Henderson, whose party has suffered a 9 per cent swing, which claimed the scalps of three of his ministers.

Law and order focus ‘unlikely to help Opposition’

Aug 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

In the last Northern Territory election, Labor stormed to victory with an 11 per cent swing in its favour to eventually win 19 of the Territory’s 25 seats. Former chief minister Clare Martin says the buoyant NT economy will cushion Labor from any swing.