You know it’s been an interesting election when Prime Minister Scott Morrison, an evangelical Christian, called his victory last night a ‘miracle’, using the word in its literal sense. How Labor lost an unlosable election will fill the papers for months, but, just like Clinton vs Trump, you have to think that pretty much any other candidate would have romped home against a fragmented and unpopular government.
Shorten is a beige, uninspiring figure who would have trouble rallying the crowds in a bingo hall, let alone Federal Parliament, and every poll and survey in the last 12 months has indicated this. A mate of mine works in Parliament House and attended the Labor Party conference a couple of years ago where Shorten made his first speech as leader. He said the worried glances between attendees increased as the speech continued, and he suspects that many knew then that Labor was doomed at the next election. Labor put a set of challenge rules in place in 2013 to stop the revolving leadership door, and this made rolling him before the election almost impossible.
It’s going to be a long three years.