Keeping us in suspense
Our first hung parliament in fifty years and it certainly feels like a real democracy now, with voters refusing just to toe the party line either way. We are unlikely to know for a fortnight who will be in a position to form government. Not only that but there were other remarkable occurences:
- our first Green MP, Adam Bandt, in the seat of Melbourne. It was a decisive win.
- our first indigenous federal MP, Ken Wyatt (preceded by federal Liberal senator Neville Bonner - who took office in 1971, and Australian Democrat senator Aden Ridgway. First state parliamentarian was Wyatt's fellow West Australian MP, and Labor minister, Ernie Bridge.)
- our youngest ever MP, 20 year old Wyatt Roy