AusPol101: The 2022 Federal Election in review

After a Saturday filled with long queues, handfuls of how-to-vote cards and democracy snags, the election is finally in our rear-view mirror. While seven seats are still in doubt, the results are in; Labor has won the election. It’s less than surprising for the general population, just days before the election I saw people celebrating “no mo ScoMo day” before they had even made it to the polls. But beyond the expected, this election is historic.

 

This Monday Albo put up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags behind the podium in Parliament, a move that immediately makes you excited before the afterthought of “how little were we putting up with the last decade?” But having currently won only 52 seats, the little they provided has come back as a glaring obvious consequence for the Liberal Party, who have time and time again brushed the little guy aside in favour of their big business buddies.

 

In my favourite result of the day, the Australian Greens have won 12 seats in the Senate and 5 seats in the lower house with 12% of primary votes in the Senate and 13.9% in the House of Representatives, A ‘Greenslide’ as they say. this result has made them the largest third party in the Senate’s history and handed them the balance of power that they had been hoping for. This in turn means that Labor will have to look to either the Greens or the Liberals for support in Parliament, and while Albo had ruled out working with Bandt’s party pre-election, the latter option seems worse. For the cherry on top, Senator and all-round idiot Pauline Hanson has lost her seat to Green candidate Penny Allman-Payne.

 

It’s not the biggest hit the coalition had to take, ScoMo’s defeat had been accepted by the party long before election day rolled around. Most shockingly was the spanner – also known as Dr. Monique Ryan- thrown in the works, knocking Morrison’s assumed successor Josh Frydenberg out of one of the Liberal’s safest seats. Now the party is going to have to go for their much less popular option Peter Dutton, a man whose career is most notably known for selling Darwin’s Port to China as well as consistently voting against political transparency, same-sex marriage, and protecting Australia’s freshwater. ‘Cause you know, not like we need it to survive or anything. So, while members such as the Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy state that this election is a sign that the party needs to look within itself and change with the voters, this decision shows us they have no intention of doing so.

 

But Ryan isn’t the only independent ousting Liberal MP’s from traditionally safe seats. In fact, 6 candidates across Australia have won elections, all 6 being women. It’s a massive f*ck you to a coalition that sat above the rest of us and firmly insisted there was no need for diversity quotas in parliament. Maybe next time they’ll think twice before consistently putting down 51% of the Australian population.

 

The Liberals aren’t the only ones walking away with a few hits, Labor also lost the assumed super safe seat of Fowler to Independent Dai Le. This isn’t a result that comes with shock, Labor faced a lot of backlash last year when they announced they’d be parachuting the northern beach residing Kristina Keneally and painted the American as an “immigrant success story”. A dumbfounding call given the electorate’s high diversity rate and that local would-be candidate Tu Le was overlooked, despite having the backing of the electorates retiring MP Chris Hayes. This election has shown a massive shift in what voters are looking for- and it’s not the major parties.

 

But the good news for stoners everywhere, we can all sleep soundly tonight knowing everyone’s favourite anti-vaxxer Clive Palmer forked up over $100 million for the United Australian Party campaign only to poll worse than the Legalise Cannabis Party.

 

To follow up on Grace’s previous columns in the lead up to the election, navigate HERE

 

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About Grace Mackenzie

Territory raised Grace Mackenzie is a final year journalism student at Deakin University. Now based in Melbourne, she is an avid follower of Australian politics and is turning towards writing as an outlet rather than debating anyone in earshot. When she’s not writing, she can be found behind the bar slinging beers (or in front drinking them).

Comments

  1. Grace, I get the feeling that proceedings have not surprised you in the least.

    Not sure about the demise of Pauline Hanson just yet.

  2. E.regnans says

    Oh thanks Grace – thanks for sharing your series here.

    I am always interested in the “Monday’s experts” phenomena of political media coverage after each election.
    Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
    And there are as many election result hot-takes as there are observers.

    It was noticeable that even senior ABC performers publicly reported – on Day 1 of the official election campaign – when A Albanese failed to recall the value of some arbitrary statistic – that it was “the worst possible start for Labor.” And that “it will take a lot to come back from here.”

    I could have wept at the shallow nature of reporting then – and at what passed for analysis.
    Now, I feel closer to outrage.

    Informing the public seems a matter of urgent population-scale importance. Globally, probably.
    We need you!
    Good luck!

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