I'm still tipping Big Ted, as the surprise winner.
No, that wasn't an election quote from Ted, nor from John. We can only dream of such clarity."I think of politics like this: I'm stranded at the bottom of a gorge with two broken legs and I have to climb with my fingernails up to safety, where Marianne Faithfull from 1965 is waiting for me."
That was Solomon, circa 12 November, 2010, 90.7pm ADEST.
And don't forget to take a pencil sharpener.
I understand that it's the law, dating back from the early nineteen hundreds, for pencils to be provided at polling booths, but why the hell didn't they have the foresight to include the provision of a sharpening implement in that law?
Update: polling booths closed two hours and 16 minutes ago. Minor hoo haa in the last few days suggesting that final result would not be known until into the week, and that it was likely to be another hung parliament.
Let's call it: Big Ted has won, with a clear majority. No hung parliament, no dodgy deals with the Greens.
On an equally bright note, the Greens have failed to sweep the state off its feet, making barely a ripple in the only vote that counts.
Update: Rob Hulls at 9.58pm insisting that it will be a hung parliament and that the outcome won't be known for many days.
What utter tosh.
During the federal counting, neither party could muster 76 seats for the entire night of the vote. Tonight, Libs/Nats are sitting on 45 seats, ALP on 37 - have been for a couple of hours. Six are still undecided.
The ALP are hanging onto 550,000 postal and pre-votes, with a stupid denial and desperation.
Game's over guys. Postal and pre-votes are almost uniformly 50/50. There will be no last minute nail-biting rescue.