This is about politics. Please skip if politics is not something you care about.
Congrats, Aussies! I watched the results come in religiously and was happy to watch LNP go down and Scotty finally get kicked out of office. One of the reasons I chose not to stay and immigrate to Straya was when Tony took over after the labor knife fight between Julia and Kevin. I broke out the same bottle of 69% Overproof Dark Rum I had previously opened when Biden took Georgia (I had previously block walked all of Metro Atlanta in 2006 to help build primary wins there).
I’m particularly happy about the strength of the Greens and the Cross-bench (Teal Indies, yay!), and I expect Labor to be pushed to the left. Both major parties were put on notice. Dutton holding on to his seat and gaining control of the opposition is unfortunate, I was hoping he’d have lost, but at least the turn against him was significant. And I think Penny Wong is going to make an excellent MOFA.
I think this is the Australia I thought I might be getting when I considered staying in 2011. Maybe the Fair Go will get a bit fairer. Julia herself once asked me to rethink my choice of leaving when Tony took over, which meant a lot to me, but that ship has sailed (I’m too old now for the visa program I had qualified for), but I’m wishing you all the best of luck with your new government, and I hope to visit soon!