Together, Labor, the Greens and the Teals won just 47.9 per cent of first preference votes. Between them, the Libs, the Nats, One Nation, the Palmer party and a miscellany of rightist parties (such as the Lib-Dems, Katter and Shooters and Fishers) also won 47.9 per cent of the primary vote. Why would the Liberals (let alone the Nationals) think that they had to move substantially to the left after an election which was pretty much a tie?
As the biggest Coalition winner in last Saturday’s election – having retained all 16 of the National Party’s seats – Joyce shouldn’t be ousted by his colleagues today. Not according to justice or logic anyway. However, while Joyce has made himself indispensable and beloved on the Wombat Trail – mainly because country and regional Australians see authenticity in his erratic, impolitic persona – he did sell them out on net zero. Not so much a conservative “warrior,” then – as Credlin calls him – but a batman following orders he should have disregarded. I don’t know why Matt Canavan isn’t running but he should be. The biggest existential threat to Australia is the climate change hoax and Canavan is the only man who has shown the mettle to stir away the pond scum of propaganda and see clearly the false, rotten premise beneath.