Posts Tagged ‘ rann ’

Anti-ALP swing to reshape landscape

Sep 24th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Labor’s hegemony was an aberration matched only once in Australian history by a similarly brief period of conservative rule in 1969 and 1970. Projecting recent trends forward would see the defeat of the Bligh Government in Queensland next year, the Rann Government in early 2010 and the Rees Government in NSW in early 2011.



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.



Carpenter at mercy of the Nationals

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

Resurgent Liberal leader Colin Barnett, who put aside plans of retirement to contest the election, will meet Brendon Grylls today, in order to try to lock in the four seats the Nationals are expected to win. Mr Grylls has promised to support the party most willing to back his “royalties for regions” plan.



Premiers warned: beware the togglers

Aug 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

During the 12 years of the Howard government, these voters were capable of voting for John Howard federally, then turning to throw their support behind Labor at the state level. The question was always what these voters would do once the government changed in Canberra, and now we are starting to get an answer.



Rann still the man for Premier

Aug 1st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Despite a trend showing a slow decline in Labor’s primary vote and a decline in Mr Rann’s high personal approval ratings - which fell from 60 per cent in January-March last year to 51 per cent in April-June this year - the South Australian Premier is still regarded as Labor’s “trump card” for the 2010 election.