Scott Morrison with candidate Dave Sharma after Wentworth by-election (Screenshot via YouTube)

People are utterly fed up with Canberra and are starting to take back their Government and choosing to be "represented", writes Noely Neate.

I'M NOT GOING to focus too much on the detailed ins and outs of what happened in Wentworth.

If you were living under a rock and missed this historic flogging handed out to the Coalition Government, you can read about it here: 'Wentworth by-election: Kerryn Phelps claims victory, Government loses majority', or on any mainstream media site, in fact. The (still changing) vote tally can be checked on the Australian Electoral Commission website.

Suffice to say, Antony Green had called it for Phelps before punters in Queensland had even had time to settle in on the couch with the takeaway and wine for a night of election viewing!

ABC attempted the faux balance rubbish of, Well, this is a problem for the ALP and Greens too, as their primary vote is down, which seriously paled into insignificance and was not even really worthy of mention when looking at the pantsing the Government received.

To be frank, I’m used to seeing ALP and Greens supporters usually very begrudging about an Independent winning with the only one vote, can’t lead Government vibe. But last night, a vast majority of these supporters were celebrating the Phelps win too, so, sorry ABC, I would not be concerned about that drop in the primary, think it was more "strategic" voting, thankfully.

For mine, Phelps won because people are fed up. Government is patently not talking about issues that Australians are worried about.

Katharine Murphy wrote a very good piece in the Guardian last night. I don’t agree with all of it, though I do the main points, 'The Wentworth byelection isn't just a loss for the Liberals. It's a disaster'.

And this paragraph, in particular, resonated with me:

A repudiation of amoral plots, schemes, coups and seat-of-the-pants bullshit – a howl of frustration from voters, from the most well-heeled to the couch surfers, about the endless weasel words from their disconnected, half-deranged politicians – a group with scant respect for facts and evidence, intermittent competence and no plan in evidence to address the problems the country faces.

I did a podcast with Denise Shrivell and Cheryl Kernot on Friday (19 October) which was a wrap of the shit-show that politics was last week. And we could not get through the list of highlights (read, lowlights) that happened in just seven days of Morrison Government stuff-ups in one hour.

A bare-bones reminder of the utter rubbish served up by this Government recently:

I have probably forgotten some, feel free to add in the comments below.

Why are we taxpayers paying millions and millions of dollars for this rubbish? The vast majority of the above just has punters at home either screaming about the future with climate change concerns, or totally pissed off the Government is so self-absorbed with its own petty games and interests that have zero effect on addressing the real concerns of those living in this nation.

To call this Prime Minister and Government tone-deaf is an understatement. Just when you thought a concession speech could not get any more graceless than Malcolm Turnbull’s election night sook – which was not even a concession speech – along comes Scott Morrison with a disgraceful "hold my beer" moment.

He carried on with the same ridiculous slogans that lost this by-election, plus that anti-Christ Bill Shorten – even though they ALP didn't beat them in Wentworth – and, to my utter disgust, actually invoked the "spirit of Invictus" for his Liberals! An utterly shameful insult to the Invictus Games competitors and beyond tacky to bring politics into it.

I would suggest that had Opposition Leader Shorten done this – or a woman of colour – this disgraceful behaviour would have been splashed over the front pages of the nation this morning.

PM Morrison’s whole speech – and as painful as it is, I do suggest you watch it all – illustrated perfectly that he has not listened to the electorate and, in fact, probably does not give a damn what message the people in Wentworth were sending. And if we look back on the list above, he doesn’t give a damn about what Australians all over the nation care about either.

What Scott Morrison does give a damn about is winning an election and staying in Government. In fact, his whole Party seems to only have that as its primary focus. I lost count the number of times I heard, We need to stop Bill Shorten, or, We need to stop Labor, as a precursor to the weasel words in response to the perfectly acceptable question of, Well why did you roll PM Turnbull? Note, we still don’t really know.

No "improve the nation", no "better policy to benefit Australians" — nothing for us, just all about them.

I will remind you, now, we are paying these people a fortune for work in the “House of Representatives” — the quaint notion being that each member of Parliament is supposed to “represent” the interests of the electorate.

Instead, all we see is a bunch of self-obsessed tossers representing their own egos and political parties to assist in furthering their own ambitions and ideologies.

The people of Wentworth gave the Government a massive kick up the "Khyber".

These voters also inspired others like Jane Caro to consider running in Warringah. And who knows who else might also be inspired to stand up as an Independent in coming months?

I think many people are utterly fed up with Canberra and are starting to take back their Government and choosing to be "represented". Let’s hope this vibe spreads further afield, for all our sakes!

Note: At the time of writing, Phelps looked over the line. This might change with postal votes coming in but even if Sharma does sneak over the line, it seems unlikely the Government will learn from this scare and average Australians are still in the same fed up position.

Read more from Noely Neate on her blog YaThink?, or follow her on Twitter @YaThinkN.

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