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3 July 2019

8:44 PM

3 July 2019

8:44 PM

Along with President Trump, readers of Spectator’s Flat White should not have been at all surprised by the victory of the Morrison Liberal-National Coalition in the recent federal election.

Among the lessons to be drawn from this is for our media and political class to abandon the foolish pretence that Australian opinion polls are an exception to the universal truth that opinion polls are not infallible.

The claim they are reached a hysterical apogée when those Turnbull acolytes and their media accomplices used this to overthrow Tony Abbott. At least there was some justice when this boomeranged back to decapitate Malcolm Turnbull, the chief beneficiary.

As far back as the 1999 republican referendum, it should have been obvious that polls should be treated as no more than one of several predictive tools, all of which should be subordinate to reason and common-sense.

Thus after Donald Trump revealed his full election agenda at Gettysburg, common-sense, supported by the Rasmussen poll, should have told the commentariat that notwithstanding most polls, he would win over a large number of Christians, manual workers, farmers, those exasperated by illegal welfare, chain and low wage immigration— indeed just about any red-blooded American tired of the Obama policy of managing the decline of the United States as the dominant world power. And as to the whingers who say that, after all, he only won the Electoral College, how else would a rational person campaign but to win that?

Common-sense should also have told the commentariat that no Briton with any pride in what they had achieved over many centuries and especially when the Nazi monster was devouring Europe would wish to continue as a lowly and exploited satrapy of the Paris-Berlin Axis.

As for the recent Australian Federal election, common-sense surely indicated that those who had not been seduced into an unworthy state of dependence by the politicians would ever vote for such a government of thieves, industrial thugs and constitutional vandals.  Understandably self-interest would ensure that a large proportion of the independent Australians looking after themselves and their families would incline to reject Labor.

Admittedly for many, their common-sense could have been partially neutralised through the fact that most people get their news from free-to-air TV bulletins, however, watched. These media blatantly ignore the adage (mandatory for the ABC, Mme Buttrose) that while comment is free, facts are sacred. Instead, most bulletins see politics through a Labor-Greens prism. Fortunately for those without the time to scour through the newspapers or unwilling to penetrate the paywalls, conservative radio and Sky TV act as entertaining and opinionated aggregators.

Returning to the Australian election, even in the last week, the polls did not reflect common sense and reason. So I wrote pieces published in The Spectator Australia’s Flat White explaining, with supporting evidence, what I thought would happen.

In one, ‘The Coalition could prevail’, I pointed out what I saw as a contributing significant error. While Morgan went to the trouble of asking small party voters about their preferences (even though the small number questioned then produces a large margin of error) most pollsters used the preference flows in the 2016 election. But there were significant differences from 2016, which I called the TPD factors.

The T (Thief) factor was the impact of Labor’s plans to confiscate franked dividend refunds, increase taxes including those on capital gains,  change superannuation,  and limit negative gearing.

The P (Palmer) Factor was the impact of Clive Palmer’s advertising, especially his concentration towards the end of the campaign on Labor’s weaknesses.

Then there was the D (Delco) factor, the return through direct votes or preferences of conservatives alienated by the Turnbull coup and his foolish assault on their superannuation. This was aided more by Scott Morrison’s down-to-earth style of campaigning rather than his policies which, for many, were a paler version of Labor’s.

I attached a table of 31 key seats setting out two crucial statistics which would indicate the impact of the T (Thief) Factor and which could show whether there were enough voters to ensure the Coalition held or took a given seat.

I have now updated that table with a summary table, both of which follow below.  In brief, about two-thirds of the seat predictions proved to be absolutely correct.  Thus the aggregate overall prediction that the Coalition was likely to win proved to be correct.



(This could involve on average at least twice the number of voters)

NSW LIB Warringah 11.55 No 8763 Likely Liberal retain NO
  NAT Cowper 4.56% No 6049 Likely National


LIB Gilmore 0.73% No 5428 Likely Liberal retain NO
ALP Lindsay 1.1% No 8147 Likely Labor loss YES
LIB Reid 4.69% Yes 15316 Likely Liberal retain YES
ALP Macquarie 2.19% No 7059 Possible Labor loss NO-
Ind  Wentworth 1.0% Yes 8288 Likely Liberal gain YES
VIC ALP Corangamite 0.03% Yes 6969 Likely Liberal gain NO
LIB Dunkley 1.0% Yes 6952 Likely Liberal retain NO
LIB Chisolm 2.91% Yes 12168 Likely Liberal retain YES
LIB La Trobe 3.2% Yes 8627 Likely Liberal retain YES
LIB Deakin 6.44% No 9169 Likely Liberal retain YES
LIB Flinders 7.01% No 6086 Likely Liberal retain YES
ALP Macnamara

(Melbourne Ports)

1.21% Yes 10901 Possible Labor loss NO-
QLD ALP Herbert 0.02% No 9532 Likely Labor loss YES
LNP Forde 0.63% No 7232 Possible Labor loss YES-
LNP Flynn 1.04% No 9950 Likely LNP retain YES
LNP Petrie 1.6% No 7922 Likely LNP retain YES
LNP Dickson 1.7% Yes 8712 Likely LNP retain YES
NT ALP Lingiari 8.19% No 7213 Likely CLP win NO
ALP Solomon 6.09% No 10,875 Possible CLP win NO-
ACT ALP Bean 8.85% No 10,537 Likely ALP retain YES
TAS ALP Braddon 1.73% No 3562 Likely Lib win YES
  ALP Bass 5.42% Yes 3375 Likely Lib win YES
ALP Lyons 3.83% No 3013 Possible Lib win NO-
SA Lib Boothby 2.71% Yes 9910 Likely Lib retain YES
  Centre Alliance Mayo 2.9 No 8834 Possible Lib win NO-
WA Lib Hasluck 2.05% Yes 8942 Likely Lib retain YES
  Lib Stirling 6.12% No 9753 Likely Lib retain YES
  Lib Swan 3.59% Yes 10962 Likely Lib retain YES
ALP Cowan 0.68% No 9533 Possible Labor loss NO-



NSW (7) 4 2 1
Victoria (7) 4 2 1
Queensland  (5) 4 1
Northern Territory (2) 1 1
ACT (1) 1
Tasmania (3) 2 1
South Australia (2) 1 1
Western Australia (4) 3 2
TOTALS FOR 31 SEATS 19 1 6 5


KEY: Results for ‘likely’ predictions are either YES or NO. Results for ‘possible ‘predictions are either YES- or No-. that is YES MINUS or PARTIALLY CORRECT or NO MINUS OR PARTIALLY WRONG

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