I agree. The Vic and SA experience is that the balance of power independents work to make a minority govt look good, forcing it to work againsts its baser political instincts. The result can be reward in the following polls. The media has been as amusing as I had anticipated.
1. The Libs apologising to Wilkie.
2. Tony still running in election mode on AM this morning. I don't think he knows any other strategy.
An interesting parallel Tony on AM said "I mean the Government did not observe honesty and integrity in this whole process" I wondered if Lyndal Curtis was going to ask Tony if Willkie had a point when he exposed the Howard government on Iraq?
There is a larger irony. Mr Rabbit proved himself a formidable negative campaigner, acheiving quite a political feat in bring the parties to seat parity. But now the balanc eof power is being weilded in the name of a 'gentler form of politics', he is showing himself incapable of adapting. Turnbull would not have got the opposition to this point, but he would be the best skilled Liberal to take over from this point. Malcolm for Speaker? Ticks a few boxes for the independents. He is the closest the Libs now have to an independent. He has formidable skills for the role. His vote removed from the Libs would strengthen a Labour minority if the indies went that way, and he wouldn't play any favourites or bbe seen to be playing favourites to Labour.