Good polls for the government, unreported. All interviews based on the bad polls. Many of these polls, in particular seats, fabricated. Thirty-four days of hostile headlines and vituperative commentary in seventy per cent of the newspapers. An Opposition grandee let off drunk driving charges. A threat to the tenure of the Governor-General.
‘Zimbabwean Tendencies’ one might call this if it were merely funny. But it is, of course, a democracy gone wrong, a polity hijacked. There is criminality here that the Senate, for ten months yet Labor-Green dominated, could assemble next week and investigate with public hearings. With what, Mr Parkinson, did Mr Hockey threaten you?
It is an extraordinary record of sub-criminal, and probably unconstitutional, electoral behaviour.