The Greens look like they'll pick up senate seats in Western Australia and South Australia, but Nettle's lost her seat; a shame, I really liked her. I have to say, Western Australia is the last state I'd expect to have a Green senator. That gives the Greens and Nick Xenophon control of the senate once the new term starts in June - not bad, not bad at all. :)
Thankfully, Family First came nowhere near winning another senator - Labor learned its lesson and didn't make the bizarre preference deal they made last time. Hopefully, next election they'll lose their only seat, and that will be the end of them as a political force.
What is Downer playing at, with his claims that he'd 'always known' that the Coalition would lose? Does he think that's going to build his credibility, either with the public or his party? Granted, he's always saying strange or stupid things, but this was particularly strange and stupid. Can he quit already?
Still a few seats in doubt, but it looks like Bennelong is Labor-held. Congratulations to Maxine McKew!
I have to admit it's still hard to believe the scale of Labor's victory. I complained earlier in the campaign about the amount of advertising junk the Liberals were sending me, and wondered why they were putting so much effort into campaigning in a seat they held by - what I considered - a comfortable margin of 5%. Well, Deakin's now a Labor seat with a margin of 2%, and there's plenty of other seats with swings even larger towards Labor. La Trobe's still in doubt; if the Liberals keep it, it'll be by the skin of their teeth.
When's the next state election? I can't imagine Labor will be able to stay in power in every state and territory for long, but it'll be interesting to see what they can do in the meantime with total Federal and State control...