From the editor's desk
I’VE gone back in time.
It’s 1997, I’ve just arrived in Australia and Pauline Pantsdown’s ‘Backdoor Man’ is dominating the airwaves on Triple J.
I can hardly believe almost 20 years later, I’m re-living the experience.
What happened at this election and why? There are several theories. One is that the views of the One Nation politician parodied in the above song are still alive and well – particularly in regional Australia.
Pauline Hanson certainly polled well in our electorate of Dawson. In fact, she was the most popular Senate candidate outside the two major parties in both Dawson and Capricornia, winning 13.47% of the Dawson first preference vote by the end of the weekend.
Another theory is that people were confused by the voting process, particularly when it came to the senate.
The one-metre-long ballot paper voters were faced with on Saturday was both unwieldy and filled with parties most people wouldn’t have had the faintest idea about. But they still had to vote.
Another theory is that the vast majority of the Australian population are sick and tired of the two-party-preferred system and would now quite happily cast a protest vote. In this arena, Australia is not alone. Here in the land of Oz, Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are still fighting it out while we continue to bleed debt.
In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned amid Brexit uncertainty and in the US there’s the spectre of Donald Trump.
As Pauline Hanson would say: “I don’t like it”.
Stop the world, I’m getting off. Sharon Smallwood Editor