by Geoffrey Churchman

At present on the progress count (as shown above) for the House of Representatives, the Liberal/National coalition has 52 seats, Labor 72 and independents/others 15 — the remaining 12 are too close to call, but it’s expected that Anthony Albanese (Albo) and the Labor Party will get over the 76 seat line, possibility with a stitch-up deal with some of the independents.

Five Liberal seats went to the so-called ‘Teal independents” — for an explanation of this term, mostly but not totally an Oz phenomenon, see the video below.

Nearly everyone knows the importance of the mining industry to the enviably strong Australian economy and coal is one of its components; diminish it and the consequences could be severe.

If it is intent on replacing coal fired power stations with ones that have no emissions, Australia really has little choice but to go nuclear. Nuclear power got a bad rap after the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 and worse, Fukushima in 2011, but unlike NZ, most of Australia is a long way from earthquake fault lines and tsunami risk.

The Liberal Party made the big mistake of accepting the Climatists’ concocted claims without saying what they would do to solve the alleged problem — the consequence was that the Greens and the ‘Teal’ independents all got a voter boost. Unlike his illustrious predecessors — Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and Julia Gillard — Albo has little charisma and hasn’t created a devout sect of followers in the way Jacinda did in NZ. As a government in power, they may have less than a third of first preference votes, an amazing statistic alone.

Covidiocy and the insanity of lockdowns and vax mandates played some part with One Nation and the UAP increasing their combined vote slightly to 9.2%, so far. There are still a lot of postal votes and absent votes to count.