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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has won the election that pundits and pollsters said was unwinnable.
The Labor Party lost the one that was supposed to be unlosable and its leader Bill Shorten has resigned.
Scott Morrison has earnt a permanent place as a Liberal Party legend — returning the Government in what was meant to be an unwinnable election for the Coalition.
Mr Morrison smashed the doctrine that disunity will lead to electoral death.
Despite three prime ministers in two terms of government, the Queensland swing to back the Coalition and swings in Tasmania and WA showed that ultimately jobs and fear of change are too dominant.
Labor conceded but it’s not yet clear whether the Liberal Coalition has enough seats to govern as a majority government or whether it will be a minority one with the support of independent MPs.
The Prime Minister made the campaign all about economic management and himself — out-campaigning Labor by running a brutal and stunning campaign demolishing Labor’s big-target policy agenda.
Mr Morrison made the campaign a referendum on him and Bill Shorten, and downplayed the Liberal brand — cultivating a new Scott Morrison image and promising to be a steady pair of hands on the economy.
He told a packed crowd of Liberal supporters in Sydney he had always believed in miracles.
“And tonight we’ve been delivered another one,” he said. . .
Labor took a big risk campaigning on big changes to tax loop holes including franking credits and negative gearing, allowing Mr Morrison to spend every day of the campaign casting doubt on the way Labor would remake the country.
His message was sharp, piercing and he never deviated from the one central claim — that Labor was a high-taxing risk to the economy and Mr Shorten would take money “from your pocket”. . .
By contrast, Labor drifted from message to message — it started on health, moved to wages and staggered into climate change. . .
The party prosecuted a message about the future premised on climate action and fairness while the Coalition stuck to a disciplined campaign with almost no new policy announced apart from the tax cuts unveiled in the Budget and a last-minute pitch for aspiring young home owners.
Are there lessons for New Zealand?
Economic management matters and high taxes don’t win elections.
It also raises questions about how much buy-in there is from the public to climate change policies which come at a high economic and social cost with questionable environmental benefit.
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air –Ralph Waldo Emerson
1499 Catherine of Aragon, was married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales. Catherine was 13 and Arthur 12.
1535 Jacques Cartier set sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona’s two sons (whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage).
1536 Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII , was beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.
1643 Thirty Years’ War : French forces under the duc d’Enghien decisively defeated Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power.
1649 An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth was passed by the Long Parliament.
1749 King George II granted the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.
1780 New England’s Dark Day: A combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover caused complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 A.M.
1795 – Johns Hopkins, American philanthropist, was born (d. 1873).
1802 Napoleon Bonaparte founded the Légion d’Honneur.
1828 President John Quincy Adams signed the Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States.
1846 Thomas Brunner, Kehu, a Ngati Tumatakokiri Maori, and Charles Heaphy reached Mawhera Pa.
1848 Mexican-American War: Mexico ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo thus ending the war and ceding California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day U.S. states to the United States for $15 million USD.
1861 Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer, was born (d. 1931).
1864 American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ended.
1879 Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, American-born politician, was born (d. 1964).
1881 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1st President of Turkey, was born (d. 1938).
1890 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese leader, was born (d. 1969).
1897 Oscar Wilde was released from Reading Gaol.
1919 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk landed at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating the Turkish War of Independence. The anniversary of this event is also regarded as a date of remembrance for Pontic Greeks on the Greek genocide.
1922 The Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union was established.
1925 Malcolm X, American civil rights activist, was born (d. 1965).
1925 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator , was born (d. 1998).
1928 Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus Cars, was born (d. 1982).
1939 Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong actress, was born.
1941 Bobby Burgess, dancer, singer and original Mouseketeer, was born.
1943 World War II: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt set Monday, May 1, 1944 as the date for the cross-English Channel landing (D-Day). It was later be delayed over a month due to bad weather.
1945 Pete Townshend, English musician (The Who), was born.
1948 Grace Jones, Jamaican singer and actress, was born.
1951 Joey Ramone, American musician (The Ramones), was born (d. 2001).
1953 Victoria Wood, English comedian and actress, was born (d 2016).
1954 Phil Rudd, Australian drummer (AC/DC), was born.
1962 A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy took place at Madison Square Garden. The highlight is Marilyn Monr0e’s rendition ofHappy Birthday.
1966 Jodi Picoult, American writer, was born.
1971 Mars 2 was launched by the Soviet Union.
1983 Jessica Fox, English actress, was born.
1987 The attempted hijacking of an Air New Zealand Boeing 747 at Nadi airport was thwarted when a member of the cabin crew hit the hijacker over the head with a whisky bottle.
1991 Croatians voted for independence at their independence referendum.
2010 – The Royal Thai Armed Forces concluded its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders.
2012 – Three gas cylinder bombs exploded in front of a vocational school in the Italian city of Brindisi, killing 1 and injuring 5 others.
2012 – A car bomb exploded near a military complex in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 9 people.
2015 – The Refugio oil spill deposited 142,800 U.S. gallons (3,400 barrels) of crude oil onto an area in California considered one of the most biologically diverse coastlines of the west coast.
2016 – Egypt Air Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea en route from Paris to Cairo. There were no survivors.
2018 – The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.