The nasty conclusion of a vicious campaign

In my election round-up posts of the last few weeks, I’ve noted how the campaign got increasingly nastier as Labor’s lead shrank (despite opinion polls never putting them in less than a winning position). The nastiness continued – and worsened – right up to polling day and beyond. As if anti-Semitism, dead dogs and religious bigotry weren’t enough: the campaign went, as Tony Abbott put it, from the gutter to the sewer. quote

The tight race has seen the campaign turn ugly…In the lead up to the election a hollowed out book with the word ‘unpopular’ on the front, filled with faeces was left outside Mr Abbott’s electorate office. end quote.

But worse was to come. quote.

A manhunt has been launched after a Tony Abbott volunteer was allegedly stabbed with a corkscrew at a school while preparing for the Federal Election.

The male volunteer had been with a group putting up campaign posters at Balgowlah Heights Public School in Sydney’s northern beaches on Friday night.

An argument was sparked when a person walking past began yelling at the group and started removing the banners.

The 31-year-old volunteer was then allegedly stabbed in the stomach by what police believe was a corkscrew. end quote.

Luckily, the volunteer got off lightly. quote.

The weapon did not penetrate the man’s stomach, a police spokesman said, but paramedics were called.

The man was treated at the scene.

The 62-year-old man fled on foot but was found later in the night and has been arrested. end quote


The stunning repudiation of Labor’s hard-left agenda spurred an avalanche of leftist tantrum-throwing on social media – and led to yet more violence. quote.

Pauline Hanson has blamed “the left” for the apparent torching of a One Nation campaign van in Hobart last night.

The vehicle, emblazoned with One Nation election material including pictures of Ms Hanson and her two Tasmanian Senate candidates, caught fire while one of those candidates, Adam Lambert, was buying groceries.

“It is amazing how the left call for tolerance but act like they’re above the law when you don’t agree with their ideologies”

Pauline Hanson?

Tasmania Police confirmed the fire, in the eastern suburb of Howrah, was being investigated and treated as “suspicious”.

Shoppers in the area said they heard a loud explosion and police urged anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers. end quote.


It remains to be seen, in the weeks to come, whether the left will gracefully accept their defeat, or embark on the same violent temper-tantrums that followed the Trump election in the United States.