Reality catches up

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Last updated on July 2nd, 2017 at 01:23 pm

“Now that Labor has won a landslide victory,” wrote Tim Lambert a few weeks after the election, “will the Australian admit that they are blinded by bias?” Lambert continued:

Labor won a landslide victory. The Australian got it wrong … somehow, the critics were right and the Australian got it wrong: Labor won a landslide victory.

Now that final votes have been counted, will Lambert admit that he was wrong? The Age’s Tim Colebatch looks at the numbers:

It felt like a Labor landslide. Yet John Howard and his Coalition government came within 1.5% of holding on to power at the recent federal election, final figures show.

The Australian Electoral Commission says the Coalition ended up with 47.44% of the two-party vote after strongly outpolling Labor in the record 2.5 million postal, pre-poll and absentee votes counted after election night.

The final count shows the election was closer than it appeared on election night.

Another line from Lambert: “When you make war on objective facts … eventually reality catches up with you.”

Posted by Tim B. on 01/04/2008 at 11:35 AM
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