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Higgins and Bradfield by-elections

5 December, 2009

If nothing more, I am at least hoping the Liberals fail to reach these goals:

The Liberal Party entered the Bradfield and Higgins by-elections with two goals.

One was to avoid going to preferences. The Liberal Party has never been forced to preferences in either seat in the 60 years of their existence. Keeping its primary vote above 50% may not have been essential for the Liberal Party, but doing so would be a matter of pride.

The second goal was to minimise any swing to the Greens. The Rudd government chose a date for the by-elections that coincided with the debate on the second passage of the government’s CPRS legislation. Both by-elections offered the Greens an opportunity to campaign for the conservative voters of Bradfield and Higgins to send a climate change message to both the Labor government and the Liberal opposition.

Candidates for Higgins include One Nation and the Australian sex Party.

Candidates for Bradfield include: nine canidates from the Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group); the Australian Sex Party and One Nation.

Update. Oh well, one out of two ain’t bad. The results for Higgins and Bradfield.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. ribbet permalink
    6 December, 2009 10:11 am

    I liked the comment on the Insiders” this morning about ther victory of the Libs. ‘The fact that Labour wasn’t in the competition means you can’t read anything into it!’ But why wasn’t there a Labour candidate? Was a previous Costello and Nelson electorate seen as safe and perhaps a waste of money to contest? But remember Bennelong?!!!!

  2. 7 December, 2009 11:18 am

    You’re probably right on the money front. Bennelong held by the Liberals since it came about in 1949:

    http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/2007/11/12/seat-du-jour-bennelong/comment-page-1/

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