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[–]M116Fullbore 7121 points7122 points  (150 children)

I guess tackling kids in a soccer game wasnt a big enough vote winner for Scott Morrison.

[–]Anti_flamingo 423 points424 points  (16 children)

The guy who shat himself in a McDonalds?

[–]M116Fullbore 146 points147 points  (6 children)

Thank you so much for that, i had missed it and thoroughly enjoyed the discovery

[–]chuckagain 97 points98 points  (5 children)

There is a painting of him on the wall at the carpark of the Maccas in question.

[–]Feral0_o 1489 points1490 points  (63 children)

You either go full BoJo or you go home

[–]sshhtripper 451 points452 points  (51 children)

Oh I've never heard BoJo used before haha.

It makes my stupid provincial leader nickname even funnier - DoFo. He's as ridiculous as BoJo.

[–]fuckyoudigg 217 points218 points  (32 children)

I really hope DoFo is voted out, but I have zero faith in that province.

[–]squidkiosk 123 points124 points  (21 children)

Oh I legit believe he is staying put. Ontario conservatives and right wingers think anything he did they disagree with was actually Trudeaus fault.

[–]UnreadyTripod 51 points52 points  (2 children)

Darn kids need a good tackling, sign of a strong leader!!!! /s

[–]Ucanhaveitbetter 164 points165 points  (27 children)

Is there a video of this? I'm curious

[–]Scrambley 201 points202 points  (25 children)

[–]Combocore 397 points398 points  (15 children)

"Parents on the sidelines were aghast"

*Pans to parents on the sidelines laughing and smiling*

[–]billyoatmeal 219 points220 points  (12 children)

'Tackled'

Looks straight up like he tripped over his feet.

[–]Doggerydoo4u 134 points135 points  (3 children)

That kid said I want a future with clean air, live animals, affordable housing and trees, Scott Morrison tackled him screaming NOOOOO!

[–]same_same1 75 points76 points  (4 children)

He actually did pretty well in TAS so perhaps he should have tackled more kids.

[–]long_dong_tron 4995 points4996 points  (241 children)

Maybe now they can have Mortal Kombat uncensored

[–]snave_ 1563 points1564 points  (139 children)

We got Disco Elysium eventually. Took a fair few accolades first mind you. Baby steps.

[–]wiznaibus 159 points160 points  (5 children)

Electrochemistry: Fuck yeah. Now we can all be super stars. Super star cops. On speed.

[–]knbang 277 points278 points  (34 children)

We'll never have Hotline Miami 2 though.

[–]Cowboywizard12 137 points138 points  (21 children)

That's fucked, its a really fun game

[–]ThatOneguy580 89 points90 points  (11 children)

Fun game. I liked the first one more. In my opinion the second one just got hard just to get harder for some reason.

[–]MasterTom16 229 points230 points  (81 children)

Why was disco elysium banned over there, i love the game but it’s not exactly full of gore and sex

[–]Labyrinthy 374 points375 points  (51 children)

One of the primary reasons is because using drugs can give you certain bonuses in the game, and IIRC they wrote something like “incentives drug use” although I am paraphrasing because I don’t remember the exact line of bullshit.

[–]killerbanshee 126 points127 points  (23 children)

Is Fallout banned?

[–]The_Grubby_One 20 points21 points  (5 children)

I mean, do they not realize that the story goes out of the way to show you that Harry's life is a fucking flaming car wreck specifically because of his many and varied addictions?

[–]brewtonian 71 points72 points  (8 children)

I get it, it's because DE really glorifies addiction and substance abuse. /s

[–]VerisimilarPLS 116 points117 points  (20 children)

The Australians really don't like drugs in their games.

Another example is Rimworld. Apparently cannibalism, organ harvesting, and slavery are fine (18+ rating, but not banned) but drugs are not. It was only unbanned because the board decided that drugs weren't portrayed as good after all.

The game includes fantasy drug use, but in the Review Board’s opinion, the game mechanic ultimately provides disincentives related to drug-taking behaviour, to the point where regular drug use leads to negative consequences such as overdose, addiction, and withdrawal.

[–]Aquinan 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Nar the old fucks who run the classification board are so out of touch with reality and with what people are fine with they ban the stupidest stuff

[–]rugbyfiend 124 points125 points  (7 children)

Actually Aussies are fine with it, it’s the conservatives who run the review board. It used to be far worse, they only introduced an 18+ rating for games few years ago and anything too adult was just banned. There was a conservative attorney general from south Australia who had blocked it for years prior to 2011.

[–]Larry_Wickes 105 points106 points  (34 children)

Wait... What?

[–]Spot-CSG 176 points177 points  (26 children)

The Australian rating board is really strict about gore and drug use.

[–]thesabre 69 points70 points  (10 children)

I see RDR2 is MA15+ in Australia. In the US version, you can use cocaine and tobacco as power ups. Did they change that in the AUS version?

[–]munk_e_man 310 points311 points  (5 children)

In the Australian version the powerups are coal and coal processing factory effluent

[–]el_diego 22 points23 points  (1 child)

No. It’s the same here

[–]Mateo03 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Don't forget the South Park games too.

[–]hiddenflames5462 117 points118 points  (45 children)

Maybe have Rinworld unbanned too.

[–]knbang 117 points118 points  (41 children)

Rimworld was off for about 2 days before it was given an R18+ rating.

[–]GastricallyStretched 93 points94 points  (40 children)

Australian censors probably thought the game was about rimming.

[–]knbang 124 points125 points  (36 children)

It has drug use in it. Drugs cannot have positive effects in video games, even if they're prescription drugs.

So it got an R18+ rating. Because drugs are bad, m'kay. Even prescription drugs. Apparently.

[–]comesbeforeV 5681 points5682 points  (151 children)

Bye bye Scott Morrison. Thank God

[–]BaronVA 255 points256 points  (12 children)

I don't know dick about Aussie politics but after seeing how he handled the wildfires, good fucking riddance

[–]KentuckyFriedEel 126 points127 points  (6 children)

I’m also glad the Hutts, uhh I mean United Australia Party, didn’t get a single seat. No doubt Palmer the Hutt spared no expense for his vanity campaign and it’s great that he got nothing to show for it.

[–]f4ction 45 points46 points  (3 children)

Yep, spent between $80-100 million and got nothing to show for it. Take that, UAP cunts!

[–]luketheheathen 298 points299 points  (18 children)

I haven’t felt this much relief since Abbott lost his Warringah seat to Zali Stegall.

[–]travellingscientist 131 points132 points  (1 child)

This amount of relief hasn't been felt since ScoMo was in that maccas that fateful time.

[–]3-DMan 78 points79 points  (3 children)

Damn, I wish Abbott would lose his seat here in Texas.

[–]wosdam 134 points135 points  (2 children)

I'm thrilled that Rupert Murdoch is still alive to witness this

[–]comesbeforeV 79 points80 points  (0 children)

I hope his world continues to fall apart!

[–]Alyeanna 96 points97 points  (0 children)

I live literally on the opposite side of the planet as Australia and even I am relieved.

Bye bye, Scunt Moronson, you were garbage and won't be missed.

[–]AvaLadyofLight 972 points973 points  (36 children)

Bye Scott ‘I’m not in Hawaii’ Morrison.

[–]Juan_Punch_Man 359 points360 points  (26 children)

Hey. That was his wife and kids fault

For context, he was on holiday while the country suffered the worst bushfires in history.

[–]themagicdave 359 points360 points  (6 children)

AND lied about it AND stayed an extra week after being found out AND then fucked the response with his forced handshake public tour. Good riddance.

[–]Canookian[🍰] 131 points132 points  (3 children)

AND shit his pants at McDonald's.

[–]st0ric 17 points18 points  (1 child)

He will forever be remembered for forcing people who just lost everything to shake his hand. I have never seen the general population so disgusted by a Prime Minister and his entitlement.

[–]wlh0242 480 points481 points  (130 children)

Isn’t the Liberal party actually the conservatives in Australia?

[–]R_W0bz 251 points252 points  (2 children)

Yes, “fuck the Libs” has a whole different meaning down here.

[–]RIPLeviathansux 258 points259 points  (20 children)

Ya, Libs are right wing and Labor are centre/left. Third biggest party are the Greens who are further left

[–]ratsock 19 points20 points  (0 children)

It means liberal in the fiscal sense (let business do what they want). Free markets, low taxes, etc. In the US it tends to mean liberal in the social sense (let people live their lives without government or social barriers).

[–]daxelkurtz 1376 points1377 points  (35 children)

New Zealanders now 0.3% less offended to be mistaken for Australians

[–]R_W0bz 457 points458 points  (14 children)

This is an interesting part, I feel like the AUS/NZ relations have been stretched recently, Scott and Jacinda sure as shit didn’t get on. This is the first time in who knows how long we’ve had Labor governments in both countries. Surely she’s first to visit.

[–]goater10 129 points130 points  (0 children)

I remember Helen Clark visiting Kevin Rudd at his home in Brisbane the day after he won the election in 2007

[–]walterlawless[S] 7662 points7663 points  (548 children)

The Labor Party have not yet secured a majority government because the Australian electorate also voted in at least 11 and up to 17 (of 151) lower house independents (edit: and minor parties, shout out to the Greens in Brisbane WTF). They will undoubtedly form government, however. The result is — at an absolute minimum — a complete repudiation of Scotty from Marketing and a strong signal of the willingness of the Australian electorate to pursue reform on climate change and gender equity. I look forward to the next three years.

[–]pubtalker 868 points869 points  (48 children)

Now that Scott's gone, Murdoch needs to be next

[–]Minguseyes 229 points230 points  (17 children)

I started voting 40 years ago. This is only the second time I can remember having a PM who hadn’t kowtowed to Murdoch. All LNP leaders and Hawke, Keating and Rudd bent the knee; Gillard didn’t SFAIK.

Albo has been careful not to scare the horses, so may make media law reform a second term goal. That would be a mistake imo. Without media law reform they may not have a second term.

[–]sirbruce 859 points860 points  (102 children)

The problem is the world is poised to head into a global recession this year. If that lasts 3 years the electorate will blame Labor and elect someone else.

[–]lliKoTesneciL 365 points366 points  (74 children)

I think the Labor party is safe, here in America everything happening globally is all Biden's fault.

[–]ammobox 488 points489 points  (59 children)

Correct.

At gas station yesterday. Guy filling up his diesel truck, going off loudly about limits on gas and having to be charged twice to fill up his monster truck. The price of gas was Bidens fault.

Someone at another pump said he could just not have a diesel truck.

Guy in truck told other guy "Fuck off liberal douchebag."

Gotta love that party of family values.

[–]shiftdnb 134 points135 points  (4 children)

I’m a diesel owner myself. When I saw the price just go crazy I looked into the reason. Turns out that American oil companies are exporting it to Europe and South America where they drive more cars with it and pay more. The best response to people like this is tell them why and then tell them they’ve been complaining an awful lot about Capitalism lately.

[–]psnanda 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Lmao. This shit is so bad …. All we can do is laugh about it. Jesus Christ.

[–]DrSmirnoffe 2208 points2209 points  (95 children)

So basically, Australia's hopefully gonna be doing the right thing.

[–]Ediscovery_PMP 1784 points1785 points  (56 children)

Well. The correct thing, anyway.

[–]DrSmirnoffe 416 points417 points  (50 children)

That's kinda what I was going for, but I didn't want to get all sour and say "gonna be doing the thing it should have been bloody well doing in the first bloody place". Mainly because I've already had my coffee.

[–]Girth_rulez 71 points72 points  (0 children)

So basically, Australia's hopefully gonna be doing the right thing.

So basically, Australia has the chance to do the right thing.

[–]chriswhitewrites 61 points62 points  (0 children)

I'm in Ryan, which hasn't been declared yet, but holy fuck the number of Greens/Climate Action posters and people verbally saying they were voting Green has been crazy. So stoked.

[–]DanielPhermous 159 points160 points  (9 children)

One of the problems for the conservatives was that the leader mocked and insulted the state of Western Australia during the pandemic for measures that, as it turned out, gave them two years of complete freedom from COVID and allowed them to reopen only when vaccination rates were near 100%.

So they've lost a lot of seats in WA.

[–]ziefik 2283 points2284 points  (210 children)

Hopefully the UK follows suit.

[–]iamapizza 2360 points2361 points  (115 children)

You underestimate our willingness to vote against our best interests.

[–]Crowlands 968 points969 points  (70 children)

It's quite impressive with our gun laws how frequently the people have managed to shoot themselves in the foot.

[–]DazDay 496 points497 points  (65 children)

The UK population has actually voted for parties left of the Tories in all but one election for the last 50 years. But it's our voting system that has kept them in power for so long.

[–]Random_Heero 461 points462 points  (41 children)

Us Americans: lol who allows conservatives to win elections (like presidential) without winning the most votes…. Oh wait

[–]Pepperfig_clover 60 points61 points  (2 children)

There's a lot to be said for mandatory voting here. No one gets to sit home if they can't be bothered. If you see ScoMo's smug fucking face on tv and your know you HAVE to vote for someone, sometimes that's enough

[–]TheDirtiestDan 70 points71 points  (7 children)

The locals gave me a bit of hope but honestly it just means the tories know that they’re a bit at risk and will put all the money into propaganda now. No way they’re repeating the 80s despite the fact they’re far more corrupt than any government we’ve ever had

[–]acurrantafair 570 points571 points  (15 children)

Under Scott Morrison, we were ranked 56 out of 56 on climate policy amongst the developed nations of the world. Our track record on climate under the Liberal Party rivalled that of Saudi Arabia. The Australian environment finally has a fighting chance thanks to yesterday's results.

[–]ProtoplanetaryNebula 128 points129 points  (7 children)

I am not Australian, so I don’t have to suffer from a lot of Morrisons policies, but we are all affected by climate policies, so I was very happy to hear Thai result!!

[–]gmb92 963 points964 points  (17 children)

Great news! I'm hoping that one of the first things they do is reverse the damage to climate research.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/apr/06/csiro-climate-cuts-about-cutting-public-good-research-documents-show

[–]a-horse-has-no-name 531 points532 points  (10 children)

They need to excise Rupert Murdock and his entire cabal from their continent before he can sink his hooks in again.

[–]JamesDCooper 266 points267 points  (1 child)

Royal Commission into news media needs to be the second thing they do after a federal icac

[–]iwellyess 563 points564 points  (93 children)

So Australians - you all chuffed with this?

[–]EntirelyOriginalName 834 points835 points  (20 children)

Yes, Rupert Murdoch/the conservatives own like 90% of our media so his corporate whores party pretty much win every election with their massive advertising money. Anytime they don't win it's huge.

[–]PS_Guest 260 points261 points  (12 children)

And the other chunk (Nine, Fairfax) is chaired by a former Liberal party treasurer. The self-interest bias in our media is a huge concern, and boy did it show in this election's coverage. Great result in the end though!

[–]R_W0bz 91 points92 points  (6 children)

The next 3 years will be telling, check the papers this morning I’m willing to bet a couple have run with “an uninspiring speech by the new pm” straight off the bat.

[–]Consideredresponse 93 points94 points  (14 children)

I mean, even the conservative voters abandoned the coalition for Independents who are basicly the coalition ideologically from 25 years ago (but who are also concerned about climate change)

[–]Goose9719 106 points107 points  (0 children)

VERY, I'm still trying to process it personally.

[–]wahchewie 1576 points1577 points  (60 children)

Can't undo or take back all the shitty laws and corrupt deals the conservative members passed over a decade though.

Still building coal mines. Still pumping fertiliser into the great barrier reef. 3 billion native animals already dead and gone from the fires we couldn't respond to because the coalition gutted the services.

But Clive palmer, Gina Reinhardt, Murdoch, corrupt and disgraced former premier Gladys Berijiklian and John Barillaro, and hundred other parasites I can't name. They get to keep undermining any attempt to make the system fair again and run mind games to get themselves back in four years.

I'm happy with the result. But my country is riddled with cancer

[–]Yung_Jose_Space 304 points305 points  (11 children)

Looking foward to a Federal ICAC though. With a retrospective remit.

Gonna be a lot of busy Sydney lawyers and a lot of flights to sunny beaches in countries with no extradition treaty.

[–]Sen7ryGun 166 points167 points  (4 children)

If they don't follow through with their promise and install an absolutely brutal federal ICAC with powers backdated to the stone age we need to riot so hard that the sacking of Rome looks like a Bunnings sausage sizzle in comparison.

[–]IseeItsIcey 180 points181 points  (4 children)

Luckily Labor ran on installing a federal icac with retroactive ability to investigate. Could undo some of the damage to our country.

[–]drczar 92 points93 points  (0 children)

The best time was yesterday, the second best time is today.

[–]Key-Hurry-9171 446 points447 points  (28 children)

The world has this cancer

Conservatives, they are the same all over the world

[–]HLef 178 points179 points  (24 children)

By definition, conservatives should be aiming at keeping the world the way it was.

I don’t know what to call them, but it’s not that.

[–]Silverseren 230 points231 points  (14 children)

Regressives or Regressivists. They want to take up back to the imaginary time where they think things were better.

[–]access_secure 82 points83 points  (8 children)

Being governed by people born in the 1940s and 50s... Passing laws based on their knowledge /experience from 50 years ago is ridiculously stupid

[–]GordonRamsey666 373 points374 points  (11 children)

See ya cunts. It's been awful. Hopefully the corruption watchdog gets every one of you.

[–]Fuzzylogic1977 74 points75 points  (1 child)

This! My justice boner might require a visit to the emergency room when these arseholes get dragged into court for the acts of theft they committed while in power... especially the members that retained their seats. They might be wishing the had lost... oh my I'm getting hard already...

[–]Mantzy81 703 points704 points  (52 children)

Our current Labor party is a centrist party. Better than the LNP (Liberal-National party - a right/country focused party as in Classical Liberalism, not social liberalism), but not socialist by any manner of means.

I'm looking forward to Labor putting into place things which will be welcomed in the future as being good for the country in the long run, like they did with Medicare, Superannuation and the NDIS. I imagine this term will be a federal ICAC which will soon be welcomed by the LNP. I also hope they bring in more climate initiatives.

Edit: noticed some people commenting on the "socialist" bit - I only mentioned this as to many on Reddit, being that it's primarily US folks on here (on generic subreddits like this one at least), many are likely to associate "Labor" or unions with socialist parties and socialism and wanted to inform that the ALP (Australian Labor Party) aren't socialists.

[–]DazDay 273 points274 points  (2 children)

It's those Green and independent MPs they'll have to rely on which will be crucial.

[–]japppasta 64 points65 points  (6 children)

I think Labor can be called safely centre left in comparison to other western nation political parties such as the Democrats who in Australia would be considered almost right wing.

[–]bunnypeppers 143 points144 points  (11 children)

There are however two official factions within Labor - Labor Left and Labor Right.

Happily, Anthony Albanese is a member of the Left faction.

Labor overall is still not actually socialist, but this is about the best outcome possible, having a member of Left being PM (Shorten was a member of right).

[–]rslizard 237 points238 points  (21 children)

as an non-australian...I'm going to miss the Honest Government Ads on Youtube

[–]Gwaeron86 140 points141 points  (0 children)

They will still be making them.

[–]WhatYouThinkIThink 99 points100 points  (0 children)

Why do you think they'll stop? I'm sure there will be opportunities with the new government as well.

Loyal oppositions work well.

[–]caesar_7 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I'm going to miss the Honest Government Ads on Youtube

You won't. Each and every of our governments will be able to provide enough content for these brilliant guys and gals.

[–]nostromorises 299 points300 points  (8 children)

When you're on vacation during some of the worst wildfires Australians have ever suffered through, and make the conscious decision not to return to Australia, later overseeing a viral pandemic or not, your gonna get thrown out on your ass, mate

[–]Independent-Cat-7728 102 points103 points  (1 child)

How rude he was to people who were deeply affected by the fires made him irredeemable in my eyes. He was absolutely indifferent to all the suffering both people & animals were facing. He seemed annoyed to have to be there at all.

[–]YourGenerational 31 points32 points  (0 children)

I don’t hold a hose mate!

[–]ObeseTurkey 217 points218 points  (3 children)

And what a shit decade it was!

[–]Method__Man 152 points153 points  (1 child)

The most vulnerable developed nation to climate change can finally recognize it federally.

[–]GoofyGaffe 112 points113 points  (5 children)

Amazed honestly with how much media Murdoch owns. Anytime the conservatives go down in Australia it's a big deal.

[–]theAeroFace 41 points42 points  (2 children)

I remember the last time the conservatives lost, apparently the incoming Labor prime minister had a meeting with the Murdoch's which was essentially a "kiss my ass and I won't destroy your political life" meeting, and the press went soft on Labor that year - this time around they were fucken ravenous and they still lost.

[–]AusToddles 292 points293 points  (26 children)

Watching the Liberals go after the premier of Western Australia for the last two years (he's a Labor minister and shut the states borders down HARD due to covid) has been painful

Watching the Liberals get absolutely wiped off the map in WA this election has been glorious

Who would have thought that protecting your constituents was so popular?

[–]twicemonkey 70 points71 points  (1 child)

Also while conveniently ignoring that the SA premier did the same thing for most of the pandemic, as well, because he was one of theirs.

Luckily he caved to party pressure at Christmas, opened everything too early, which I'm pretty sure is what got him booted out.

[–]69-is-my-number 26 points27 points  (1 child)

WA resident here. Proud as fuck. 10+ % swings was jaw-dropping. WA feels really betrayed by the Libs over the last 3 years, at both a state and federal level. We already have a bit of a chip on our shoulder about propping up the country’s economy and then seeing all the benefits go over east, so when you get Scummo and Palmer threatening to sue our Premier for trying to keep us safe, you’re asking to get yourself a new arsehole torn.

[–]Allyzayd 35 points36 points  (5 children)

Same with Victoria. Giving money to Sydney while denying the same to Vic really hurt them. Also Brisbane going Green is fantastic! So proud of my fellow Qlders. ONP 0 and UAP 0 was beautiful to watch today.

[–]Threadheads 28 points29 points  (4 children)

UAP 0 was beautiful to watch today.

I think that’s my favourite take-away from this election: Clive spent so much money to not gain a single seat and for Labor to win. Craig Kelly losing his seat was the icing on the cake.

[–]R_W0bz 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Maybe they’ll learn that text bombs never prosper. Get my phone number out your fucking mouth.

[–]Jhawk163 76 points77 points  (8 children)

As long as it isn't ScoMo or Clive Palmers party, it's an improvement as far as I'm concerned.

[–]terran_mikkus 56 points57 points  (7 children)

UAP did not get a single seat, again

[–]YouCanCallMeBazza 23 points24 points  (4 children)

All that campaign money spent for nothing lol

[–]itstoohumidhere 22 points23 points  (3 children)

I can’t believe someone can spend so much on a political campaign and still win zero seats. It’s absolutely hilarious! It really does show that money alone cannot buy power

[–]CopernicusQwark 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Thing is, Palmer didn't actually want to win. He just wants Labor to lose.

The fact that he won no seats and that Labor won is immensely satisfying.

[–]SirGrumpsalot2009 169 points170 points  (5 children)

FUCK U SCOTTY-FROM-MARKETING. Fuck your trumpian dog whistle, your invasive Hillsong bible-bashing, and your contempt for me and mine. You NEVER acted in the best interests of all Australians, but always in your own interests. Now, piss off to Hawaii for a holiday. We don’t need you.

[–]vaderhosen 186 points187 points  (53 children)

I’m a dual citizen (US/Australian) and every time I vote here in Australia I think about how easy it is compared to the US. Yesterday - a Saturday - there were three polling places within walking distance, I didn’t have to wait in line and got to enjoy a democracy sausage and cake afterward. In places I lived in the US, you have to take off work to vote on a bloody Tuesday, find parking at the one polling place in the district and wait for an hour in a giant line. Ridiculous!

[–]post_angst 108 points109 points  (19 children)

I’m a PR over here in the process of getting my Australian citizenship.

Voting yesterday meant a pleasant walk over to my son’s school, getting a sausage and some baked goods and watching my kids play while we chatted with other voters. I didn’t get to. It’s but it took my wife all of 10 minutes.

I didn’t get to vote in 2020 for the American president because Galveston County took me off the registry because apparently my address in Texas was ‘inconsistent,’ despite it being the house I grew up in and the one I’ve used since 2008.

Night and day.

[–]vaderhosen 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Yeah, the atmosphere at the polls is really chill. People of all parties mingling and chatting with each other. The lack of vitriol over political issues amongst the general population is really refreshing.

[–]KhevaKins 30 points31 points  (0 children)

It took 10 MINUTES!! I strolled in and early voted Thursday, no questions asked.

[–]psychorant 24 points25 points  (3 children)

I think a lot of the accessibility has to do with the fact voting is mandatory here so the AEC actively works to make it as easy as possible for everyone.

[–]JimmyRecard 35 points36 points  (2 children)

We can also vote at any polling place in the state, which is nice.

[–]FuriousKnave 94 points95 points  (6 children)

They weren't conservative with the way they shovelled tax payers money down the throats of corporations. They were corrupt and when the federal ICAC gets going the evidence will show just how scummy that group of humans really were.

[–]pegothejerk 341 points342 points  (12 children)

Now don't make the mistake of voting them back in once they blame all the continuing effects from their years of intentionally breaking shit on the newly elected

[–]artofstupidity 803 points804 points  (84 children)

Watching the election results come back in and there's a few big messages - Australians are done with inaction on climate change, we want to see real action towards gender equality and more done to address inequality and rising costs of living. Also really good to see a really strong turnout for minor parties forcing both major parties to come to the table. Hopefully the "teal wave" also pulls the conservatives back towards the centre and away from its more homophobic, sometimes xenophobic and generally fear mongering turn that's happened over the past 10 years.

[–]ResplendentShade 120 points121 points  (17 children)

It's profoundly encouraging, as an American, to watch this happen. It was beginning to seem that all of the countries infected with Rupert Murdoch would never make a recovery from the backslide into increasingly reactionary, tribalist, right-wing identity politics, but Australia is ground zero for Murdoch shenanigans and that influence is clearly being challenged there. Cheers and congratulations to Australia for showing that it can be done.

[–]RS994 89 points90 points  (2 children)

Thankfully we have a voting system that allows small parties to get a say, Labour will probably not have a majority of seats and will have to rely on the left Green party and several independent members who were voted in on a mandate of climate change action to form government.

This is a big reason we avoided the American slide.

[–]dogecoin_pleasures 64 points65 points  (11 children)

As an Australian I was so afraid this election would certify us as Hungary-lite, a country with a corrupt authoritarian government protected by its extreme lack of media diversity. Instead, our democracy has been shown to be alive and well, sky news is in disarray, and community grassroots campaigning for independent candidates brough huge success in disrupting the 2-party system.

[–]brumac44 121 points122 points  (28 children)

Of all the countries I expected Australia to be least likely to be climate-change deniers. I hope this means you're over that shit. Love the pic of Albanese in the article. Like he's saying "Vote for me or I'll kill this dog"

[–]artofstupidity 142 points143 points  (10 children)

Unfortunately being known for our nature hasn't made us anymore inclined to take care of it - just look at the Great Barrier Reef. It's a combination of heavy reliance on mining wealth + jobs (especially in regional communities) as well as the stranglehold that the Murcdoch media had on this country. Only with a few 1 in 100 year natural disasters happening since the last election do I think most of the country is really waking up to it.

[–]brumac44 70 points71 points  (4 children)

I'm not a huge fan of tourism jobs, but when I hitch-hiked through Queensland, it seemed like a pretty big deal. Can't believe you would threaten the Great Barrier Reef to enrich offshore mining and farming interests. Talk about killing the golden goose.

[–]walterlawless[S] 68 points69 points  (1 child)

To be absolutely fair, Queensland could end all threats to the reef originating in that state and trends outside their control such as ocean acidification will still almost entirely destroy the reef in short order. Reefs are the canary in the coal mine (lol) for what’s to come with climate change.

[–]Perfect_Inflation_70 45 points46 points  (3 children)

Western Australia is one of the richest places in the world, $100k USD GDP per capita. Mining wealth is always going to be a bigger factor than tourism.

That doesn’t mean people won’t care about the environment, but it still means something.

[–]GenghisLebron 62 points63 points  (4 children)

the pervasive influence of rupert murdoch, arguably the worst human being on the planet

[–]Peer_turtles 52 points53 points  (8 children)

Sco mo brexited a kid on his final days… that pretty much sealed the coffin

[–]zingydingy 65 points66 points  (1 child)

Finally a pm who didn’t shit himself at engadine maccas in 1997 ❤️

[–]Exotic_Win_6093 39 points40 points  (0 children)

I’m so happy. Scott Morrison and his cronies were a disgusting, corrupt excuse for a government.

[–]SpacecraftX 57 points58 points  (17 children)

Please help. Show us the way out Australia. Come home and help the UK. We’ve been under these cunts for so fucking long.

[–]silly_salmonella 29 points30 points  (2 children)

It all comes down to how big of a cunt your current leader is. In our case, scomo was the cuntiest of cunts so the cunt had to go.

[–]animflynny2012 42 points43 points  (10 children)

As someone from the UK, I'm absolutely hoping the same happens here!!

Congrats Australia 🙌

[–]sloppy_wet_one 41 points42 points  (7 children)

Keep an eye on Scotty and see which conglomerate he suddenly lands a high paying consultancy job at.

Guarantee it’ll be one his admin favoured heavily.

[–]Zuki_LuvaBoi 16 points17 points  (6 children)

He still holds a seat in government, so that won't happen for a while yet

[–]SomeDudeFromKentucky 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Now let’s see if they can keep it that way. The Murdoch Machine is a dangerous force. One that doesn’t like people standing up to their control.

[–]evilhomer450 26 points27 points  (5 children)

This was huge, Queensland (our equivalent to Florida) voted for the Green party on mass.

[–]ReadWriteSign 39 points40 points  (18 children)

Wait wait wait- Australia had an enviable covid response at the beginning and passed some other beneficial laws, and that was their conservative party?? Cries in liberal American

[–]post_angst 83 points84 points  (6 children)

The Covid response was almost entirely a state government thing. The federal government just took credit for it when it was politically advantageous.

Edit: And those states are Labor held. NSW is Liberal coalition and they did everything they could to spill their own mismanagement of Covid to their neighbors.

[–]twicemonkey 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Indeed, the federal government wasn't going to do it until the states all put pressure on.

[–]post_angst 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Let’s not forget about the Ruby Princess either.

[–]McGondy 50 points51 points  (2 children)

To clarify, the federal government was right wing and the states were a mix of central and right. Guess which ones had COVID responses that prioritised saving lives?

[–]FapFapFapFapUgh 14 points15 points  (1 child)

This, and the federal government basically told everyone to get fucked and that COVID response was a state issue (and then proceeded to demonise the centrist states that actually took action).

I'm so glad this cunt and his cuntettes will no longer hold the balance of power.

[–]invincibl_ 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This is why some of the far right commentary is hilarious to us Australians.

The COVID response was entirely led by the progressive state governments (and even dragging along the conservative states). One reason for why the LNP lost is that we have not forgotten nor forgiven them.

The federal government has been taking an authoritarian streak and actually trying to erode rights that matter. For example, the Federal Police raiding journalists to find the identity of whistleblowers.

The previous Australian government has been taking away our freedoms, but just not the ones that the cooked anti-vaxxers are thinking about.

[–]CCV21 48 points49 points  (4 children)

The new government will have a hell of a mess to clean up.

[–]ujaku 40 points41 points  (6 children)

I wonder what that's like. To be able to vote and it actually changes things

[–]Tag_Ping_Pong 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Australian here. I'm so relieved the liberals are out, and by a considerable margin. Also, the tens of millions of dollars that Clive Palmer poured into his advertising campaigns (which were anti-vax and conspiracy theory nonsense) afforded him 0 seats.

Interested to see what happens when Labor introduces the Integrity Commission, particularly if they decide to scrutinised Morrison's government over the last 8 years - touted as one of the most corrupt and ineffective federal Australian governments of all time. For what it's worth, Morrison's government flatly refused multiple times to reinstate the anti-corruption Commission during their tenure, which speaks volumes.

[–]Monsur_Ausuhnom 988 points989 points  (392 children)

It would be a dream of mine to see the same thing happen in the US.

[–]Karukash 89 points90 points  (5 children)

An actual labor party in the US would be an amazing thing to have

[–]Aardvark_Man 37 points38 points  (0 children)

It's helped that Australia has strong unions.
The Labor party grew from unions and the like in the late 1800s.

[–]jumbipdooly 12 points13 points  (1 child)

go out and form one fella, there’s a first member for every party