I arrived back from Sri Lanka and Singapore at midday on Sunday and had two important issues to tackle. First and foremost – mow the lawn before our 1pm open house, second – try and tame Bob Katter into a few photos.
For those foreigners or Aussies currently living in a cave let me give you a rough guide to what is happening in Australian politics right now.
- We had a federal election on Saturday 21st August to determine which political party and Prime Minister will govern in Australia
- A political party needs to hold a minimum of 76 seats of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives to govern in their own right
- Neither of the major two parties (Labor or the Coalition) won enough seats so we currently have a ‘hung parliament’
- Both of these parties and their leaders will now try and ‘woo’ the 1 Greens MP and 3, possibly 4 Independent MP’s to support their party which would then give that party the right to govern.
Ok, that’s a pretty simple explanation but hopefully it will give you and idea of the power that is now wielded by these 4 or 5 minor party MP’s. And Bob Katter is one of those “Kingmakers”. I spent a few hours and had dinner with Bob on Sunday and most of the day with him yesterday at his Charters Towers home. I’m not kidding when I say he was on the phone for at least 80% of this time. And these weren’t calls I could get him off, these were politically important calls and therefore, important to me. Most of the photographs I took of Bob show him on the phone and for good reason. That is ALL he is doing at the moment!
Here’s some clippings from The Australian, The Courier-Mail and the Daily Telegraph over the past two days. The first clipping is a great yarn by The Courier-Mail reporter Peter Michael. Click the image to see a larger version that you can read. I’ve also added some photos from the past couple of days as well.