The Null Device

Ruddslide

It's a Ruddslide; Labor storms home in the election, with a handsome majority in the lower house.

John Howard just conceded defeat; as well as no longer being Prime Minister, he looks set to lose his seat in Parliament, with Labor's candidate, former ABC candidate Maxine McKew, leading the (somewhat tight) counts.

The Senate results look somewhat more sobering; the Greens have lost their seat in NSW, and Labor has failed to seize both seats in the ACT (meaning they don't get an immediate majority). Six seats appear unallocated, though those could be a 3-3 split in Western Australia, meaning that religious-right party Family First will hold the casting vote, putting their own wowserish stamp on legislation.

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