October 10, 2004


Howard wins place in history (DENNIS ATKINS, October 10, 2004, news.com.au)

JOHN Howard stands this morning a Liberal hero, securing a fourth term and destined to become the nation's second-longest serving prime minister by Christmas.

Mr Howard's gamble to stay on as leader has paid off handsomely.

The Coalition gained two definite seats in Tasmania and as many as five in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia – at the same time keeping its losses to possibly just two seats.

And the Coalition is on target to become the first Government to control the Senate since the 1970s.

The Labor result is worse than pundits and most polls predicted. The outcome in Queensland, where the ALP has recorded its worst ever vote, is tipped to provoke a call for heads to roll.

The Coalition in Queensland took almost 57 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, a lift of 2.5 per cent on its 2001 election outcome.

Mr Howard said he was "truly humbled by this extraordinary expression of confidence".

November 2nd may look not dissimilar.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 10, 2004 12:00 AM

Howard may have won a place in history but in the NY Times he only rates page A16 behind such stories as the death of Jacques Derrida(page A1), 'A Small City in Germany Mirrors a National Malaise'(page A3), Union Chief Is Arrested in Nigeria(page A10), The High Cost of Israel's Gaza Mission, Innocent Victims(A12), along with numerous ads from NYC Department Stores.

However, in the Times' defense, it did see fit to mention the story on the same page as the earth-shatteringly important 'A Tiny Enemy Causes Broad Havoc on African Farms.'

Posted by: Bart at October 10, 2004 8:13 AM

"November 2nd may look not dissimilar."

Sheesh, I much preferred your "60-40." Even my pessimistic self still holds out hope for at least 54-45.

Posted by: curt at October 10, 2004 10:57 AM


Mr. Howard won a landslide that calls into question the future of Labour.

Posted by: oj at October 10, 2004 11:47 AM

Any chance of giving DC's three electoral votes to Queensland?

Posted by: AC at October 10, 2004 11:57 AM