Kerry Nettle's defeat in the New South Wales senate race is one of the disappointments of this federal election. She was squeezed out by the major parties who between them seem certain to claim all six NSW senate seats. It represents remarkable good luck for Ursula Stephens, who was booted down to number three on the Labor ticket. Her return represents a nett gain of one NSW senator for the ALP at the Greens' expense.
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Monday's Sydney Morning Herald reports that Family First have disendorsed their candidate for the western Sydney seat of Reid, after a photo, apparently of the aspiring member displaying his private member, turned up on the internet.
"Look, maybe somebody photoshopped it, and put another one on the photo," Andrew Quah said. "I can tell you, it's not me. I know these things."
Three more items today's collection of Federal Election Youtubes.
The Democrats may well be on the brink of oblivion at this election. Of their four remaining senators, two (Lyn Allison and Andrew Bartlett) are standing for re-election, while the other two (Natasha Stott-Despoja and Andrew Murray) are retiring. It would be a huge shame if Senator Bartlett is lost to federal politics. Meanwhile, the current leader of the party, Lyn Allison, is getting on with the job of issuing policies and making videos, even if no one is paying attention. Here she is campaigning for better support for carers.
Family First's Senator Steve Fielding is not up for re-election this time, but having fluked his way into the senate in 2004 on preferences, he is now trying to get more of his stablemates up. In this video, showing the temerity to seek a second senator in Victoria, he attempts to take on both the Nationals and the Greens on home turf.
And finally, John Howard shows, on Monday night's A Current Affair, how he keeps interest rates so low - he gets them wrong!