The question wasn’t if the Liberal National Coalition would win but by how much, and it is a decisive victory:
TONY Abbott has declared the nation “open for business” once again, vowing to lead a competent and trustworthy government for all Australians.
Claiming election victory in Sydney, he said he was proud and humbled as he shouldered the responsibility of government. . .
The incoming Abbott government is likely to have at around 90 seats and Labor at least 55, on the back of a 3.6 per cent national swing against the ALP.
The Greens retained Melbourne, independent Bob Katter held his Queensland seat of Kennedy and Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie hung on to Denison
However, 27 seats remained “close” as the Australian Electoral Commission continued counting and two were too difficult to call at all. . .
Being open for business is necessary for Australia and will be good for New Zealand.
It doesn’t mean business at the expensive of people or the environment, but it does mean a change from the policies that have wasted the opportunities from the mineral boom, created a two-speed economy and let Australia’s international competitiveness slip.
As our Prime Minister John Key said in congratulating Tony Abbott:
“Australia is our most important relationship. Our common interests span trade, economic, defence and security matters and we cooperate closely in our region and on the international stage. . . “
In spite of the, usually, good-natured Trans Tasman rivalry our common interests are best served by both countries prospering.
We have been going forward but the gap between us has widened more because they’ve been in reverse.
Being better than Australia because its going backwards isn’t good for either of us.