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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Ireland on: Today at 08:45:57 am
1. Fianna Fáil
2. Fine Gael
3. Labour
4. Sinn Féin
5. Socialist
6. People Before Profit Alliance
7. Workers and Unemployed Action Group

Those last three could be in any order though, not fond of any of those parties.
2  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What do YOU think should happen to the Eurozone? on: Today at 07:10:48 am
Should be dissolved, along with the EU itself.
3  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: The best Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the past 50 years? on: Today at 07:08:13 am

On a side note, how'd Gordon Brown outpoll Tony Blair?
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: do you use ms excel? on: Today at 05:34:34 am
Yes, very much so, it's great for calculating values, particularly averages, and making charts.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: AK's Australian Election Series - 1976 National Anthem Runoff Referendum on: August 31, 2014, 10:53:05 pm
Bumping, with a reminder that voting closes at 1.30pm tomorrow AWST, or in just over 25 and a half hours.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Netherlands on: August 31, 2014, 06:07:11 pm
1. People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
2. Christian Democratic Appeal
3. Reformed Political Party
4. ChristianUnion
5. 50PLUS
6. Democrats 66
7. Party for Freedom
8. Labour Party
9. Party for the Animals
10. Socialist Party
11. GreenLeft
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 16 on: August 31, 2014, 05:58:05 pm
Agree/Critical
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Greece on: August 31, 2014, 08:51:34 am
1. Independent Greeks
2. New Democracy
3. PASOK
4. DIMAR
5. SYRIZA
6. Communist
7. Golden Dawn
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: August 31, 2014, 06:27:03 am
Just had a read through of this thread, great work, especially the analysis of each state. Smiley Also, Michigan really does look like a thumb without the Upper Peninsula!
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Where would you rather live? on: August 30, 2014, 11:19:03 pm
Purely capitalist libertarian utopia (sane)
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Australia on: August 30, 2014, 11:18:40 pm
This is just too difficult because there is so much awful, however, ALP is an easy number one.

Who would be your #10? Katter's Australian Party?
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 15 on: August 30, 2014, 06:43:17 pm
Usually disagree. Not a critical issue.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Australia on: August 30, 2014, 06:42:45 pm
1. Liberals
2. Family First
3. Liberal Democratic
4. Nationals
5. Palmer United
6. Democratic Labour Party
7. Katter's Australian Party
8. Motoring Enthusiast
9. Labor
10. Greens
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which European political party is the preceding poster best suited for? on: August 30, 2014, 03:38:52 am
The French Left Party.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: AK's Australian Election Series - Master Thread on: August 30, 2014, 12:44:20 am


















1976, while seeing a clear rejection of the Whitlam Government, who suffered a 15.8% swing against them on primary votes, did not see an endorsement of the Fraser-led opposition – far from it actually. The Liberal Party went backwards by 11.7%, losing votes to both the Australia Party and the new Progress Party, particularly the latter. The National Country Party also lost 3.9% of the primary vote, primarily to the Progress Party, and the Communist Party suffered a minimal loss in their primary vote. As a result, the national two-party preferred vote at this election was merely a left/right preference indication. The Progress Party did best in WA, winning half the lower house seats, and the Australia Party did best in SA, winning a plurality of seats. The National Anthem referendum saw a tie for first place, meaning Advance Australia Fair and Waltzing Matilda would advance to the runoff referendum, and God Save the Queen was no longer the national anthem, although its successor was yet to be determined.

In terms of seats, here's a summary of each state's results from the 1976 election in the House of Representatives:
New South Wales (45 seats) – 15 Labor, 11 Liberal, 6 National Country,  5 Progress, 5 Australia Party, 3 Communist
Victoria (34 seats) – 13 Liberal, 11 Labor, 4 Progress, 3 National Country, 3 Australia Party
Queensland (18 seats) – 6 National Country, 4 Liberal, 3 Labor, 3 Australia Party, 2 Progress
South Australia (12 seats) – 5 Australia Party, 4 Labor, 3 Liberal
Western Australia (10 seats) – 5 Progress, 3 Liberal, 2 Labor
Tasmania (4 seats) – 2 Labor, 1Liberal, 1 Progress
Australian Capital Territory (2 seats) – 1 Labor, 1 Australia Party
Northern Territory (1 seat) – 1 Progress
Total – 38 Labor, 35 Liberal, 18 Progress, 17 Australia Party, 15 National Country, 3 Communist

Here's the Senate summary from 1973:
New South Wales: 2 Labor, 2 Liberal, 1 Communist
Victoria: 2 Labor, 2 Liberal, 1 Australia Party
Queensland: 2 Labor, 1 Liberal, 2 National Country
South Australia: 3 Labor, 2 Australia Party
Western Australia: 2 Labor, 1 Liberal, 2 National Country
Tasmania: 3 Labor, 2    Liberal
Total: 14 Labor, 10 Liberal, 4 National Country, 1 Australia Party, 1 Communist

Here's the Senate summary from 1976:
New South Wales: 1 Labor, 1 Liberal, 1 Communist, 1 National Country, 1 Australia Party
Victoria: 2 Liberal, 1 Labor, 1 Australia Party, 1 Progress
Queensland: 2 National Country, 1 Progress, 1 Liberal, 1 Labor
South Australia: 2 Australia Party, 2 Labor, 1 Liberal
Western Australia: 2 Progress, 1 Liberal, 1 National Country, 1 Labor
Tasmania: 2 Labor, 1 Progress, 1 Liberal , 1 Australia Party
Australian Capital Territory: 1 Labor, 1 Australia Party
Northern Territory: 1 Labor, 1 Progress
Total: 10 Labor, 7 Liberal, 6 Progress, 6 Australia Party,  4 National Country, 1 Communist

Summary of 1976 election:

House of Representatives
Labor – 38 (-38)
Liberal – 35 (+7)
Progress – 18 (+18)
Australia Party – 17 (+17)
National Country – 15 (-3)
Communist – 3 (+2)

Senate
1973: 14 Labor, 10 Liberal, 4 National Country, 1 Australia Party, 1 Communist
1976: 10 Labor, 7 Liberal, 6 Progress, 6 Australia Party,  4 National Country, 1 Communist
Total: 24 Labor, 16 Liberal,  8 National Country, , 8 Australia Party*, 6 Progress, 2 Communist
* Steele Hall, elected as a Liberal Senator in 1973, defected to the Australia Party in 1974.

Two-party preferred vote: 55.16-44.84

While the next Government of Australia, given the composition of both houses of Parliament, was yet to be determined, Gough Whitlam remained caretaker PM, and the runoff referendum for the national anthem was set for the 26th of June, 1976. With the Liberals and Nationals only holding 53 seats between them, they would need the support of the Progress Party to govern in the lower house, although in the upper house, the Australia Party’s support would be required to pass legislation. Labor, holding 38 seats, would only have 58 seats if the Australia Party and Communist members supported a Labor-led government, and the Progress Party looked extremely unlikely to support a Labor-led government.

Referendum question:

On the 12th of June, in the year 1976, you voted for a song to use as Australia’s national anthem, and the most popular responses were “Advance Australia Fair” and “Waltzing Matilda”. Which of these songs do you prefer to use as the national anthem?
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / AK's Australian Election Series - 1976 National Anthem Runoff Referendum on: August 30, 2014, 12:07:22 am
1976, while seeing a clear rejection of the Whitlam Government, who suffered a 15.8% swing against them on primary votes, did not see an endorsement of the Fraser-led opposition – far from it actually. The Liberal Party went backwards by 11.7%, losing votes to both the Australia Party and the new Progress Party, particularly the latter. The National Country Party also lost 3.9% of the primary vote, primarily to the Progress Party, and the Communist Party suffered a minimal loss in their primary vote. As a result, the national two-party preferred vote at this election was merely a left/right preference indication. The Progress Party did best in WA, winning half the lower house seats, and the Australia Party did best in SA, winning a plurality of seats. The National Anthem referendum saw a tie for first place, meaning Advance Australia Fair and Waltzing Matilda would advance to the runoff referendum, and God Save the Queen was no longer the national anthem, although its successor was yet to be determined.
Summary of 1976 election:

House of Representatives
Labor – 38 (-38)
Liberal – 35 (+7)
Progress – 18 (+18)
Australia Party – 17 (+17)
National Country – 15 (-3)
Communist – 3 (+2)

Senate
1973: 14 Labor, 10 Liberal, 4 National Country, 1 Australia Party, 1 Communist
1976: 10 Labor, 7 Liberal, 6 Progress, 6 Australia Party,  4 National Country, 1 Communist
Total: 24 Labor, 16 Liberal,  8 National Country, , 8 Australia Party*, 6 Progress, 2 Communist
* Steele Hall, elected as a Liberal Senator in 1973, defected to the Australia Party in 1974.

Two-party preferred vote: 55.16-44.84
While the next Government of Australia, given the composition of both houses of Parliament, was yet to be determined, Gough Whitlam remained caretaker PM, and the runoff referendum for the national anthem was set for the 26th of June, 1976. With the Liberals and Nationals only holding 53 seats between them, they would need the support of the Progress Party to govern in the lower house, although in the upper house, the Australia Party’s support would be required to pass legislation. Labor, holding 38 seats, would only have 58 seats if the Australia Party and Communist members supported a Labor-led government, and the Progress Party looked extremely unlikely to support a Labor-led government.

Referendum question:

On the 12th of June, in the year 1976, you voted for a song to use as Australia’s national anthem, and the most popular responses were “Advance Australia Fair” and “Waltzing Matilda”. Which of these songs do you prefer to use as the national anthem?

Here are the songs that made it to the runoff:

Advance Australia Fair – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rErvPnd-2E

Waltzing Matilda – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwvazMc5EfE

Voting is open for three days.

Me: Waltzing Matilda
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Presidential vs. Parliamentary systems on: August 29, 2014, 08:55:18 pm
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: You have to get rid of one of the amendments to the Constitution - which one? on: August 29, 2014, 07:58:49 pm
16th.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: AK's Australian Election Series - 1976 (Includes Referendum) on: August 29, 2014, 12:31:04 am
Voting is now closed, thank you all for your participation.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: AK's Australian Election Series - 1976 (Includes Referendum) on: August 28, 2014, 08:41:34 pm
Last few hours to vote!
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: AK's Australian Election Series - 1976 (Includes Referendum) on: August 28, 2014, 05:23:31 am
It's going to be an interesting parliament...

It will be!

I'll also state that voting closes tomorrow afternoon at 1.30pm AWST, or in just over 19 hours, so don't forget to get your votes in before then!
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Gubernatorial Endorsements (2014) on: August 28, 2014, 04:59:56 am
AL: Robert Bentley
AK: Sean Parnell
AZ: Doug Ducey
AR: Asa Hutchinson
CA: Neel Kashkari
CO: Bob Beauprez
CT: Tom Foley

FL: Adrian Wyllie or Rick Scott
GA: Andrew Hunt
HI: Duke Aiona
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Bruce Rauner
IA: Terry Branstad
KS: Sam Brownback
ME: Paul LePage
MD: Larry Hogan
MA: Mark Fisher
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Jeff Johnson
NE: Pete Ricketts
NV: Brian Sandoval
NH: Andrew Hemingway
NM: Susana Martinez
NY: Rob Astorino
OH: John Kasich
OK: Mary Fallin
OR: Dennis Richardson

PA: Abstain
RI: Allan Fung
SC: Nikki Haley
SD: Dennis Daugaard
TN: Bill Haslam
TX: Greg Abbott
VT: Scott Milne
WI: Scott Walker
WY: Matt Mead
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What avatar color and state would best fit the preceding poster? on: August 28, 2014, 03:48:19 am
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP Makes "Senate Majority" Video Game on: August 28, 2014, 01:31:01 am
    Being both a conservative and an avid video gamer, here's my thoughts on the game:

    • You get WAY too much time per level.
    • It could have been a bit harder, and another attack could have been incorporated besides the basic jump on top of the enemy.
    • Some of the enemies, likewise, could have fired attacks.
    • Loved the 8-bit music and appearance, although the latter's a bit more 16-bit influenced.
    • Perhaps a final boss could have been incorporated into the game.
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    [/list]

    Harry Reid

    They should have made Reid a tougher final boss, like Bowser in the original Super Mario Bros.
    25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of flegs on: August 27, 2014, 11:50:21 pm
    In light of this weird post:

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    OTOH I'd be a Unionist in NI. If only there was a genuinely cross-confessional centre-left party in NI... Sad

    SKIP

    Where'd fleg come from? I don't see it in any of the posts.
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