Monday, February 4, 2013

Will September 14th be Day of Atonement in Australia?

Julia Gillard's Labor Party running 8 points behind

by Clifford F. Thies

The Julia "the Red" Gilliard's government has announced the date of the next national election in Australia, September 14th, which happens to be Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The date is toward the end of the period during which she must call an election.

Gilliard's Labour Party and its partner, the Green Party, obtained slightly less than a majority of the nationwide popular vote and of the seats in the lower house of the Australian parliament in the last election. She gained a parliamentary majority via a deal with a couple independents who had been thought to be conservatives. She has cleaved to power in spite of periodic crisis such as the indictment of one of her party's MPs, the conviction of whom would automatically remove him from parliament and force which would likely be won by the candidate of the center-right Liberal-National Coalition.

Polling data is a little thin over the Christmas holiday in Australia, so you couldn't blame the girl for being a bit hopeful for a turnaround in popular support for her coalition. But, as we get into the new year, there it is: a disadvantage of something 6 to 8 points.

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