So – it looks like Tasmania will have a hung parliament (as in, a more democratic one) with no single party having enough votes to govern without the agreement of one of the other two. The Liberals are fairly confident they’ll be able to form government with the Greens, although I don’t know how that would work – on what do the Liberals and Greens agree, apart from that the Tasmanian ALP are presently a shameless bunch of incompetent crooks (and liars)?
As for South Australia – it looks like the ALP might have just held on, which would mean the good news that the Liberals have lost. On the other hand, it would also mean the bad news that the repulsively sneaky state ALP has won, and that prize-winning turd and opponent of democracy Michael Atkinson could remain state Attorney-General and continue putting the children of the rest of Australia at risk.
Neither party deserves any sympathy from Australians, including progressive Australians. It’s about time there was a cost for taking their base completely for granted, and for playing dirty, dirty politics.
And don’t think you’re getting a free pass, Liberals. After a term of your equally corrupt but even more malevolent style of government, a chastened and reformed ALP might well earn its way back in. Along with the Greens, of course. We’ll be watching.
UPDATE: It looks like SA might have produced the best result possible (short of Greens MPs): a Liberal defeat AND no more Michael Atkinson as AG!