March 17, 2014
If South Australia does buck the political cycle, and a minority Weatherall Labor Government is able to hang onto power with support from the two Independents, then it and the Independents will be under constant attack from the tribal conservatives in Canberra and their partisan supporters in Big Business and the Big Media.
It's still early days, yet since the large proportion of the pre-polling, absentees and postal votes still need to be counted and this will affect the close margins in the contested seats. But the conservative attack line is currently being put into play.
The Greens have a low profile in South Australia so the bog standard conservative demonizing---ie; "bashing the anti-business Greens"--- won't cut it in SA. The immediate conservative attack line is that it is the duty of the two Independents (Such and Brock) to support the Liberal Party to gain power it rightly deserves. The reasoning is that the Independent's electorates are really Liberal ones, the Liberal party won the majority vote, and the SA electorate clearly voted for change. Any other option is unjust and anti-democratic.
Well, the two Independents campaigned as independents and they have been elected as independents and that indicates a clear fissure in the two party system. So the conservative strategy is put back them in their box by using political language that encourages black and white division (goodies and baddies) hate and resentment towards the baddies.
The next line of attack, if the Weatherall Government is returned to power, will be the political spin from the Abbott Government and the Murdoch media that South Australia's economic problems are all due to the 12 years of Labor profligacy, capped off by big-spending. It was, and is, a wasteful and profligate administration. This hides the real problem hat if we are to have decent public services we need a tax base to support them.
In this context the Liberal approach---ie., a return to small government and low taxes--- means that in some areas, such as better public schools and public transport, we will just go without. It also means no government intervention to help building our knowledge-based industries.