Last week we had an election and to put it bluntly – it was a schnozzle. In order to govern – in South Australia – a party must have 24 seats to give it a working majority. We ended up with Labor 23 – Liberal 22 and Independents 2. There was still postal votes to count and the two party leaders were having talks with the independents. They couldn’t decide – then – one of them dropped a bomb by suddenly deciding that he was ill and went off on three month sick leave leaving the one to decide on the future of the state government. He decided that he would support the Socialists and subject us to another four years of borrow and spend. Still, he got a Ministry and a few Dollars for his trouble so he’s happy. Now comes the problem of the Westminster System – 24 Labor, 22 Liberal 1 independent – the first order of business is to install a Speaker which should be from the government party – not always but usually. Liberal will refuse to supply a speaker which means the government must, which then puts the numbers at 23 Labor, 22 Liberal and 1 independent. These guys play games like the nice clowns they are, thus if a government man/women goes off, the opposition supplies a pair (one of their members who wont vote) so that the balance of numbers is maintained, so in effect the opposition keeps the government in power whilst attacking it. Me, I have no such scruples, as leader of a party in that situation I would simply refuse to supply a pair ( this is a convention not a rule – a “gentleman’s agreement” ) which could and probably would lose crucial votes in the House and if the opposition forced a vote of no confidence it would, in turn, force the government to call a new election. The system is very much open to abuse. It is still
an active system in the UK Parliament and also in the US Congress.
Now, here’s a thing that gets me – and I am not intentionally insensitive – but the independent underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor and is now undergoing chemotherapy and cancer treatment and I cannot help but think that he and his family knew about this before the election, but , three days after the election he goes off for four months and maintains his full PMs salary and benefits. If it transpires that he is not well enough to resume his seat then we will have the added expense of a by-election to elect a new member. I don’t know, am I being overly critical here?
You know I look at dogs in conditions of heavy snow and I sometimes wonder how my two would cope in that kind of weather, but I suppose as dogs do, they would quickly adapt. Probably better than we humans.
Some time ago i wrote that I had a lady in my driveway and I looked after her until the RSPCA came. I later found out that it was the next door dog. She is a digger and digs her way
out or under fences. Anyway she had been an almost constant visitor this last week and I have been looking after her until her owner gets home and tries to block up yet another hole. To try and relieve the pressure I have been taking the dog – her name is Izzy – out walking bring her back then taking my two out. And because she had been digging again she had to stay here until her owner came home. I have no idea what breed of dog she is but she is a very friendly dog. However, it seems he no longer lives next door but has bought a house in another part of town. The fencing is still to go up and the place secured before he can move his dog over there so he is visiting her every day on his way home from work – which is when I have seen him. He says it will be another couple of weeks before the place is ready and he can move Izzy up there with him. In the meantime, I’ll keep an eye out for her and take her for a walk. She’s no trouble so she is welcome here.
On Friday I head off to Adelaide again. I’ll be away for two days so we just have to hope that everything will be ok until I get back. I want to leave Adelaide at a reasonable time and get home in time to attend a Barbecue at my son’s place. My son and his partner bought this place about four months ago and they have decided they are settled enough in to have a House Warming Barbecue for
family and friends. He was not too impressed when I said I have to be in Adelaide but I should be able to get back at a reasonable time. I wont be hanging about because there is a Football match on in town and the place will be crowded, so I’ll by-pass the city for the weekend and stay out in the suburbs.