The “unelectable” Tony Abbott has just been elected – picking up some 18 seats – to end up with a thumping 32 seat majority in the House of Representatives.
When we say “thumping” we’re not just talking about the almighty hangovers suffered by the STT crew this morning.
Among the 90 seats that the Coalition bagged were those taken by STT Champions:
Craig “Ned” Kelly:
Craig picked up a traditionally Labor seat in 2010 and has been returned with a swing of 6% in his favour. “Hats off, Craig”!
Craig’s a mighty big man with a mighty big plan to put energy policy back in order and is very keen to slam the bag on the wind industry scam.
Bruce “the wind scam smasher” Scott:
The Member for Maranoa came out swinging after the National Rally – tipping an almighty bucket on the wind power fraud – which we covered in this post.
Dan “turbine slammer” Tehan:
We gave Dan a big wrap-up in this post – as we chronicled his conversion from tacit-turbine-apologist to STT Champion.
And, of course, the mighty new member for Hume, Angus “the Enforcer” Taylor:
Wind weasels worked overtime in an effort to silence the Enforcer – pulling all sorts of dirty tricks, lies and skulduggery from their filthy political toolkit.
STT thinks that the stunt the wind industry pulled against Angus was like trying to shoot “the Devil” in the back. Sure – if you pull it off, you knock out your most fearsome adversary. But what these clowns didn’t think about was – what would happen if they missed??
STT hears that Angus was none too pleased at how low these weasels stooped. In response Angus is popping six rounds into his .44 Magnum as we speak and is more determined than ever to end Australia’s dalliance with the great wind power fraud – once and for all.
STT will be very pleased to publish the wind weasel “body count” as Angus gets to work, starting first thing Monday. STT says: “go hard, Angus”.
We kiss goodbye to Labor’s, Laura “I love turbines” Smyth:
Oh dear, how sad, never mind.
In the Senate, SA’s favourite Greek, Nick Xenophon pulled in a whopping 26% of the primary vote – an absolutely unprecedented result for an Independent Senator.
STT hears that one of Nick’s first moves is to ensure that the Draft Excessive Noise Bill is toughened up and slotted through the Parliament.
We also hear that – after Steve Cooper’s brilliant interview on Alan Jones’ Breakfast Show – a number of Coalition members have restated to their constituents the Coalition’s commitment to introducing legislation to force the wind industry to pay for truly independent health research.
Research, that is, into the known and obvious health impacts of incessant low-frequency noise on neighbours, such as long-term sleep deprivation and other recognised health effects.
Expect to hear WA Senator, Chris Back come out swinging shortly to make it very clear that any suggestion that the Coalition would backslide on such an important promise is pure wind industry waffle. Nice try, Upson.
We are pleased to note that Dan Tehan also confirmed his commitment to the long-suffering people at Macarthur, that these critical health studies will be a priority for the Coalition government.
The Greens went backwards Nationally, with their overall vote dropping close to 4% compared to their result in 2010. Oh dear – the beginning of the end for eco-fascism?
After one of the dirtiest political campaigns South Australia has ever seen – STT “favourite”, Sarah Hanson-Young is fighting for her political life.
The former Martian pulled a pathetic 7% of the Senate primary vote. As this goes to press, Sarah’s hanging on by a thread – hoping to sweep up enough preferences to take the last spot on the Senate ticket.
The Australian Senate works on a “quota system” which requires 14.3% to bag a Senate spot. The Greens were unable to pick up even half the votes needed for a “quota” in their own right and are relying upon Labor preferences and preferences flowing from independent candidates to get over the line.
The result for the Senate is unlikely to be known for a fortnight or more – as preferences are counted and redistributed.
If Sarah worms her way over the line – STT would like to hear the Greens make a formal statement thanking Vestas for the millions of dollars it poured into the Green’s campaign coffers to support her pathetic effort to unseat Nick Xenophon.
Again – another failed effort by wind weasels to shoot “the Devil” in the back – STT hears that Nick is very keen to settle the score with the Greens – starting with energy policy.
All bets are on Nick Xenophon and John Madigan holding the balance of power in the Senate after July next year – when the new Senators take their places. From July, the Greens and Labor will not be able to block legislation in the Senate – which gives the Coalition the ability to do meaningful business with Nick and John.
Xenophon and Madigan will control what moves through the upper House and – as STT readers are keenly aware – these boys are ready, willing and able to slam the wind industry for good.
Don’t be shy – drop these boys a line of thanks for their work so far and encourage them to keep going hard.
STT hears that the REC fraud story will hit the front pages this week. We had called the publications for last week, but – apparently – the Editors took the view that the story was too important to allow it to be swamped by pre-election press fever.
Starting from this week, The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald will be going hard on one of the greatest frauds the Commonwealth has ever seen.
The Australian Federal Police are investigating and – come Monday – will be encouraged to go in very hard.
STT hears that heads will roll – especially within the office of the Clean Energy Regulator – which has been fudging its responsibility to Australian citizens and power consumers, since John Madigan started asking some very uncomfortable questions earlier this year.
To make sure your local Coalition Member and State Senators are schooled up and ready to respond to the REC fraud story when it breaks – why not send them a postcard? Here’s the link.
STT will be very happy to publish any of the responses you get.
STT says that the Coalition’s win represents a “new dawn” in Australian politics. The “grown-ups” are back in charge – the Green-Labor Alliance is over, for good.
But how far they go in smacking energy policy back into shape – will be up to you.
Drop them a line, pay them a visit and otherwise let them know what you think about the greatest environmental and economic fraud that ever befell a Nation. Help put this fiasco behind us.