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INSIGHT - AUSTRALIA - Elections - CN65

Released on 2012-02-29 14:00 GMT

Email-ID 1781076
Date 2010-08-18 04:05:33
ATTRIBUTION: Australian contact connected with the government and
natural resources
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Former Australian Senator. Who is heading the
campaign for the Liberal-National coalition seat in Queensland
PUBLICATION: Yes but with no attribution

With the candidates seemingly neck and neck, what are your predictions?
Coalition should win Hasluck (WA), Solomon (NT), Leichhardt (Qld), Flynn
(Qld), Wright (Qld), Brisbane (Qld), Dawson (Qld), Page (NSW), Lindsay
(NSW), and possibly win another two or three seats in NSW plus Longman
(Qld) and Forde (Qld).
Coalition could lose Macmillan (Vic), McEwen (Vic), Boothby (SA), and
Sturt (SA).

Has Labour managed to regain some of its lost support, or does it
continue to decline?

The Labor party has clawed back some vote in the south. The unions are
outspending the Coalition massively on electronic advertising, when ends
at midnight tonight. There is always a swing back tot he government in
the last two weeks, no matter who the government is.

Reports say that the Liberal-National coalition is willing to open up
uranium exports to India: is this a change that only the coaltion would
make, or would Labour also consider such a decision if it remains in

The Coalition signed a uranium export agreement with India when in
government, but Labor reneged on it. Most of the differences are on
domestic politics, but there are big differences on boat people which have
implications on foreign politics in the South Pacific.

In addition to the mining tax debate and the asylum seekers, what are
the other most divisive issues that could develop into concrete changes
in Australia's behavior depending on the winner?

Mining tax, boat people, overall deficit, infrastructure.

Will the victory of either side affect Australia's role in US-led NATO
operations in Afghanistan?

Labor under pressure over combat deaths in Afghanistan. They say they
will maintain the presence, but the Dutch pull out from Oruzgan has made
it more difficult. There is some prospect of a drawn own under Labor.
The big question is how long the US will stay there.

My complete election predictions are:
The Coalition should win Hasluck (WA), Solomon (NT), Leichhardt (Qld),
Flynn (Qld), Wright (Qld), Brisbane (Qld), Dawson (Qld), Page (NSW),
Lindsay (NSW), and possibly win another two or three seats in NSW plus
Longman (Qld) and Forde (Qld).
The Coalition could lose Macmillan (Vic), McEwen (Vic), Boothby (SA), and
Sturt (SA).
Thus although a Coalition win would be based on the result in Queensland,
the election will actually be decided in SA and Victoria, where Labor
gains would offset Coalition wins in Qld WA and NT and help Labor hold
The other thing is that there may be no outright winners. There are two
independent members of the House or Representatives, and a really close
result could see one side or the other having to form a government with
the actual participation, or else support, of these independents, and any
other independents who may win seats on Saturday. No Australian PM has
been dependent upon the support of independents since Arthur Fadden in

Source then sent this from the coalition daily update:

From Day One the Coalition will take Real Action to restore Australiaa**s
* We will pay back Labora**s debt. Our Debt Reduction Taskforce will
manage the process of delivering savings, and proceeds from the sale
of Medibank Private will go towards paying off the debt.
* We will end the waste by suspending payments under Labora**s BER
programme, establishing an Office of Due Diligence and establishing a
Waste Action website to enable Australians to report waste and suggest
* We will stop Labora**s higher taxes by removing the threat of the
mining tax and the carbon tax, cutting company tax and providing a
pathway to further tax relief once debt is under control.
* We will boost productivity and participation through policies
including a real Paid Parental Leave scheme, support for small
business and a boost to infrastructure investment.
* We will make sustainability the cornerstone of economic decisionmaking
by reconstituting the Productivity Commission as the Productivity and
Sustainability Commission. We will deliver our direct action plan on
the Environment and Climate Change and our water policy.
We need to reject the incompetence and spin of Julia Gillard and the Labor
We need Real Action.

Jennifer Richmond
China Director, Stratfor
US Mobile: (512) 422-9335
China Mobile: (86) 15801890731


Chris Farnham
Senior Watch Officer/Beijing Correspondent, STRATFOR
China Mobile: (86) 1581 1579142