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Opposition Labor Party leader Albanese elected Australian PM in complex poll result

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"It says a lot about our great country that a son of a single mom who was a disability pensioner, who grew up in public housing 

Nice to read Australians did not elect a leader born privileged, hopefully Prime Minister Albanese will not forget his roots, and will pay little heed to USAmerican meddlers like Koch and Murdoch.

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What a great and heart warming speech. Don't know much about Aussie politics, but this guy seems like a breath of fresh air. Let's hope he can achieve as much of his election promises as possible.

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He looks , sounds like a humble guy, but an accurate judgment can't be based on images and speeches, action on the ground is what counts a and matters

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Older Aussies remember the time of Bob Hawke as PM {ALP}

He liked working for consensus and compromise and never resorted to dirty tactics {anti immigration, anti Muslim etc } that the Liberal Party did .

I reckon Albo will be a PM in that style.

Thanks to fellow Aussies for voting progressively.

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Older Aussies remember the time of Bob Hawke as PM {ALP}

\He liked working for consensus and compromise and never resorted to dirty tactics {anti immigration, anti Muslim etc } that the Liberal Party did .

Sadly the same cannot be said of the fellow who basically ran Bob Hawke out of office. I'm not Australian but was living there at the time. You can correct me if I am wrong as I left Australia shortly after Keating became PM but the way he went about it looked bad, like he was climbing over Hawke's back to be number one. Just an outright power grab. I'll give Keating credit for Superannuation. The US should have a similar program, but I don't know what is is but I never had a feeling that Keating could be trusted.

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Sadly the same cannot be said of the fellow who basically ran Bob Hawke out of office. I'm not Australian but was living there at the time. You can correct me if I am wrong as I left Australia shortly after Keating became PM but the way he went about it looked bad, like he was climbing over Hawke's back to be number one.

No. Keating was one of Australia's best Treasurers and one of Australia's best Prime Ministers. There is some dispute about this, but it's most likely there was an agreement between Hawke and Keating (*the Kirribilli agreement") whereby Hawke agreed to hand over power to Keating at a certain point but then reneged on the deal. As all leaders do, Hawke lost some of the sheen he had acquired during his early Prime Ministership, Keating challenged successfully and went on to win his own election victory before being defeated by John Howard's Liberals. Keating was a man of rare intelligence and even more uncommon ability who is remembered fondly by those of us on the Left.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirribilli_Agreement_of_1988

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More than anything else, this election result is an indicator of the coming of age politically of younger voters (sub-40s) who have finally succeeded in establishing their own concerns in the mainstream in Australian politics. That, of course, primarily means doing something genuine on climate change policy, and the push for that is coming from both the left (the Greens) and from the right (the teal independent) sides of politics. This result is a golden opportunity for the old (Labor) and the new to work together and achieve something. Of course, it's a big world out there beyond Australia's 25 million or so people, and there are massive old-world problems to deal with such as China's expansionism in the Pacific, ongoing social equality within the country, inflation, etcetera, but if Albo and the Greens and the teals manage this changeover correctly, the next three years could be a game-changer for this country. I hope so, everyone who voted against business as usual hopes so, and this morning I don't feel like being cynical about our chances of achieving it. Let's ee how it goes.

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Pink batts were the last effort at something genuine on climate change. Turned out great...

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Is Albanese pro-Beijing or what? Let's hope that the new government won't let Xi Jinping grin.

Albanese failed to address China issues during the campaigns. But he can no longer avoid being accountable.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10796285/Australia-election-2022-Anthony-Albanese-refuses-answer-Chinas-activity-Pacific.html

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Morrison's Liberal party-led coalition was seeking a fourth three-year term.

Conservatives call themselves liberals..

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he quickly conceded defeat despite millions of votes yet to be counted because an Australian leader must attend a Tokyo summit 

….and concede when defeated in elections.

Things do work differently down under!!!

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What a great and heart warming speech. Don't know much about Aussie politics, but this guy seems like a breath of fresh air. '

Yep, Albo sure comes across as genuine& humble guy. Hope he will be a good PM.

Keating was one of Australia's best Treasurers and one of Australia's best Prime Ministers.*

Agreed...despite his often seen hubris, he sure was a smart operator....and definetely one of the best entertainers in Oz politics. Loved his one liners,lol.

"It says a lot about our great country that a son of a single mom who was a disability pensioner, who grew up in public housing down the road in Camperdown can stand before you tonight as Australia's prime minister," said Albanese who is still widely known by his childhood nickname, Albo.

Absolutely...wouldn it be nice to witness something similar here instead of the political blue blood dynasties just passing down the battons.

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Absolutely...wouldn it be nice to witness something similar here instead of the political blue blood dynasties just passing down the battons.

Wasn't President Clinton's mother recently widowed when he was born? He grew up for a time with grandparents, then with his mom who remarried, but the step father was a drunken gambler who abused his mother and half brother? Jimmy Carter wasn't wealthy either, nor was Harry Truman. Somehow he managed to be elected as a county judge without a law degree or even a bachelors degree.

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BigYen:

No. Keating was one of Australia's best Treasurers and one of Australia's best Prime Ministers.

Keating is bang on when he talks about Sino-Australian relations.

Don't know how Albanese will develop, but I'm so glad that I don't have to see ScoMo's smug face. But then again, I said the same about Trump, and now look at USA.

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So, Penny Wong will be foreign minister which hopefully, will end her sulkiness that has been her hallmark since the last election. Will be interesting to see what she brings to the international stage.

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Absolutely...wouldn it be nice to witness something similar here instead of the political blue blood dynasties just passing down the battons.

Wasn't President Clinton's mother recently widowed when he was born? He grew up for a time with grandparents, then with his mom who remarried, but the step father was a drunken gambler who abused his mother and half brother? Jimmy Carter wasn't wealthy either, nor was Harry Truman.

And good on them...I was referencing the Japanese PM,s political families ( Naoto Kan & sleepy Suga excepted )

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Pukey2

Don't know how Albanese will develop, but I'm so glad that I don't have to see ScoMo's smug face.

I couldn't agree more!!

But then again, I said the same about Trump, and now look at USA.

Miracles haven't happened there, but they have a broken system. The party that wins the election isn't allowed to do anything, because the opposition and 1 or 2 treacherous attention seekers (Manchin & ...forget her name now) block nearly all new legislation, just to cause trouble. A break from the Trump years of daily outrages and chaos is better than nothing.

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Is Albanese pro-Beijing or what? Let's hope that the new government won't let Xi Jinping grin.

He is Pro Australia, and like all aussie's he is against the belligerent China that is run by Jinping.

Australia is a responsible trading nation and when China drops it's attitude and hostility then it can expect Australia to respond in a positive manner. Our leaders on both sides agree China is a threat to the region. Not much will change in regards to dealing with China. Perhaps when China gets a new leader something will be possible.

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The rot with China started when Morrison and his cohort started pointing the finger at China. It was probably warranted but could have been handled way better diplomatically. The world needs diplomacy and tact to function, something the smug Morrison has no clue about. Hopefully the new Govt can mend some bridges.

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Looking forward to the new government exercising good economic policy so as to bring their inflation down.

The world needs some good examples of that these days. The way things have been going I fear inflation will remain elevated in many places.

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What this article and many others failed to mention was that a very major factor in Morrison's loss was that his party swung left and betrayed the conservative base that delivered them the miracle of 2019. So those voters abandoned them in droves.

Several left leaning members of Morrison's party targeted to be felibreately ignored by the base lost thier seats.

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Good job Australia!

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@Concerned Citizen. I don't know where you get this idea from,Sky News maybe. In fact it is the complete opposite. The Libs have been going further to far right fundie position, anti science and anti humanitarian. Another full term and they would have been full Trump. This is also demonstrated by the number of independents who won seats based on policy of science and humanities.

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What this article and many others failed to mention was that a very major factor in Morrison's loss was that his party swung left and betrayed the conservative base that delivered them the miracle of 2019.

The Liberal Party swung left under Morrison? Congratulations, that's a one-in-a-million opinion. This article and all others fail to mention this alleged swing to the Left because the only person seeing it is you.

Several left leaning members of Morrison's party targeted to be felibreately ignored by the base lost thier seats.

And who did they lose their seats to? The "teal independents" are Liberals under another name, and their success is due to a spontaneous uprising of the urban educated leafy suburb-dwelling Liberal professional base who felt ignored and alienated by the Morrison/Dutton Liberals swing to the Right, particularly on climate change issues, and have voted for the teals in droves.

Unless the Liberals correct the swing to the Right they've made under Abbott and Morrison, they'll be consigned to the Opposition benches for a very long time. Personally, I'd be glad to see that happen.

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So, Penny Wong will be foreign minister

Australians with surnames like her have been verbally and physically abused, just like in other 5 Eye Nations because of this anti-China rhetoric fueled by racism and a superiority attitude. And then people start asking, why are Asians being racially abused on the streets?

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Pukey2:

Penny Wong is easily one of Australia’s best politicians, sharp as a tack and no sufferer of fools, and I look forward to her contribution to Australia as a member of the Government.

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Draconian lockdowns, coerced vaccinations even for pregnant mothers, cancer sufferers and those with known heart issues, muzzling of free speech, violent and aggressive arrest of protesters including pregnant moms and grandmothers, letters sent to every medical professional in the country threatening deregistration for non compliance wirh or voicing concerns re the Covid response, etc, etc. These left wing, bordering communistic actions by a supposedly Conservative leaning Morrison government angered it's base so bad large swaths of the base abandoned them. If I was Aussie I would have done the same.

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Well done conservative Aussies. Conservatives boycotted the supposedly conservative Morrisson government ensuring its defeat. Hopefully the Liberal Party will get the message and return to its conservative roots.

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Concerned Citizen;

You seem to be completely unaware of the differing responsibilities of Commonwealth and State governments during the pandemic. Not one of the measures you describe were a Morrison responsibility, and in all cases those actions were taken against people breaking laws designed to protect the majority of the population in a time of pandemic and, contrary to the right-wing libertarianism of hysterical opponents, were popular with the majority and are no longer in force now that they’re not needed. I know where you’re coming from with this, and where you’re coming from would have seen tens of thousands more deaths of Australians. One thing I’ll give Morrison, he wasn’t prepared to be a party to that kind of cold-bloodedness, just so some people could have their vacuous ideas of “freedom” undisturbed. Morrison’s defeat had nothing to do with what you want it to be about, and I for one am very glad that the majority of people with ideas like yours reside outside this country.

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Scott Morrison and his fake 'consevative' party, the now aptly named Liberal Party imploded by robbing Aussie citizens of medical choice and personal freedom, pandering to left wing ideologs and climate alarmists, and abandoning its conservative base which gets it elected nearly every election.

It is telling that 4 of the worst progressive offenders in the party, Zimmerman, Sharma, Martin and Allen all lost their seats. They were named and shamed by conservatives before the election and targeted for boycott. It worked. Short term pain for long term gain was the motto of conservatives who abandoned the Liberal Party. If the Liberals don't get the message and return to their true conservative roots, they are finished.

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@BigYen

The Liberal Party in OZ did indeed swing left. I gave quite a list of normally lefty type of actions in earlier posts. Here's what the very influential Australian Christian Lobby had to say about it last night:

Our latest Media Release...

Liberals Can't Win on the Left

The success of campaigns by the teal independents and the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) show that the Liberals cannot win on the left, ACL has said following tonight’s election results.

Three of the four Liberal MPs whose opposition to faith-based schools and religious freedom was extensively advertised by the ACL have likely lost their seats tonight.

The result confirms similar concerns that emerged from the recent South Australian election loss by a Liberal government widely criticised for pursuing socially progressive policies.

“The ‘broad church’ Liberal Party cannot survive long-term because it cannot be all things to all people. It cannot appeal to left and right at the same time,” said Wendy Francis, ACL’s National Director of Politics.

“The competition on the left will always be more convincing and more attractive to left and centre-left voters in city electorates, and tonight’s wins by the teals, despite the Liberals being more socially progressive than ever, prove that. 

“Meanwhile, by virtue signalling to these increasingly unwinnable constituencies, the Liberals turn off social conservatives in Western Sydney seats (like Reid) and other outer suburban areas which should increasingly be Liberal heartland.”

“The Victorian Liberal Party should take note, as they openly talk about expelling a sitting MP for his pro-life views. Conservative parties without conservative records lose. 

“As the federal Liberal Party assesses the way forward from tonight’s result, the Liberals need to pick their lane and reboot their natural base, which is socially conservative.”

Whether you agree with it or not this is what Aussie conservatives themselves are saying including those within the Liberal Party itself.

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@BigYen

Here's more:

Liberal senator Alex Antic declared that the “Liberal party’s experiment with the poison of leftism and progressivism must be over”, while Gerard Rennick said the party should have focused on cost of living concerns rather than climate change.

(https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/labor-increasingly-likely-to-form-majority-government-as-liberals-descend-into-turmoil/ar-AAXA5l7?li=AAgfYrC)

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@Concerned Citizen

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with BigYen’s politics, he clearly knows what he’s talking about when talking about Australian politics. This is blindingly obvious. I’ve read his input before - it’s pretty well-balanced and informed.

You on the other hand are trawling for quotes which suit your narrative - Christianity, climate change, vaccinations. This is blindingly obvious and a bit tedious.

I just don’t see how projecting your narrative onto a country and political climate you seem to have a very limited, one-dimensional knowledge of is very useful.

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@Jimizo

I merely quoted local conservative locals and people within the Liberal Party itself. Do you dispute what they said?

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Concerned Citizen:

I don’t dispute what the Australian Christian Lobby said about the state of Australian politics and the Liberal Party. However if you’re mainly relying for your assessments on a very conservative Christian lobby, and on the views of selected very conservative Liberal Senators, then you are not getting a balanced view of the situation. The Christian Lobby simply does not represent either majority opinion, or a balanced one. You have to read media across a wide range of political viewpoints from left to right, including Murdoch, which I make a point of doing whether I agree with them or not. Your views are simply incorrect.

Chief among your errors, I think, is that your hostility to the lockdown measures taken by various State governments has led you into an expectation that those governments, and the Federal government, would be punished for their actions by a resentful electorate, a view expressed during the election by the Murdoch press. Your (and their) inability to accept that this hasn’t happened is skewing your assessment. Western Australia, for example, had the longest closure of State borders in the nation but has recorded a huge, double-digit swing towards the side of politics that imposed that closure. In Victoria, with the longest lockdowns in the country, the Liberals have lost out massively to the Left of their own Liberal constituency. This reaction against the Right, as exemplified by Morrison, has taken place pretty much across the entire country, with the exception of the few who will always vote ‘disaffected’ e.g. Clive Palmer, Pauline Hanson, who really didn’t do well. I don’t mind your comprehensive misreading of the situation, because if conservative parties see it like you do, they’ll be sentencing themselves to years in the wilderness. This election result is a generational changeover, and the political parties - and their older, more conservative supporters- are going to have to change with it, or go under.

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@BigYen

My point was that the Liberal Party lost the support of much of its conservative base because of a variety of factors aligned with moving to the left and embracing progressive policy. I gave facts to back up my claim by quoting powerful actual Conservatives inside and outside the party. So were they lying about thier own opinions?

My personal 'hostility to the lockdowns' has nothing to do with thier opinions. They gave thier opinion and I quoted them. If you dont like it talk to the people themselves about it.

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@concerned citizen, I hope you and your extreme right conservative politicians just keep thinking that way in the next 3 years that they will eventually be replaced by more Teal politicians. That the liberal party lost because they went " left" is the biggest joke i ever heard.

The reason why they lost in WA, is because they supported Clive Palmer against the border closure. They lost seats to the Teal is because their attitude towards women and inaction towards climate change, despite the constant bushfire or flood the country suffered these past three years. Scomo thought he can pretend to be a mini-Trump but forgot that Australia is always solidly centre due to the compulsory voting.

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