Sunday, March 19, 2006

Liberals, eccentrics lose in Oz state elections

POLITICIANS in Tasmania and South Australia got what they deserved on Saturday. The premiers of both states were rewarded for running disciplined governments, focused on financial responsibility and providing the services the electors expect. Their Liberal Party opponents were hammered, in the main for treating politics as if process matters more than policy and for failing to offer any alternatives of substance to those of the incumbents.

And demonstrating that voters have even less affection for advocates of eccentric ideologies that are irrelevant to the aspirations of ordinary electors, the Greens were rebuffed in Tasmania and the Democrats demolished in South Australia. For all the talk about boredom in the electorate and the need for new ideas in politics, both results demonstrate that fringe social issues and environmental zealotry do not rate.

The Australian

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