Labor has been reduced to only a handful of seats, with the ABC election computer putting the LNP on track to win an amazing 78 seats in the 89-seat parliament.Labour lost 45 of their 52 seats in the State Parliament. And this bit is particularly delicious:
10:40pm: Almost an entire generation of potential Labor leaders were among those swept away by the LNP. Click here to see who stays and who goes.I'm not an expert on the Australian political system, but this may drop them below the point where they can participate in governmental functions (ministries, etc), putting them on par with parties like the Greens and the Monster Raving Loonies. It seems like a record loss down under.
And it's driven by voter rage over Labour's Carbon tax and higher petrol prices. Labour has gone from controlling the Parliaments of all 7 Oz States to losing the 4 largest (population-wise). Come the next general election, Labour may join the Whigs.
But hey, at least they got to enjoy ramming their philosophy down the voters' throats. Good on ya, Cobbers, returning the favor.