liveblogging the South Australian election

18 Mar

In what Adelaide believes is a unique experience…liveblogging the South Australian election (although Adelaide isn’t sure what liveblogging actually means).

ABC 891 is off to a shaky start. Hello? Yes, boys, it is the evening. Tim Noonan out at South Australia’s most marginal seat.

Adelaide makes a big call: either Vini or Nigel will win (remember you heard it here first).

And it’s still the eminently watchable Michael Smith on the television (from what Adelaide can hear over the top of the Hungry Hippos – Adelaide asks, not for the first time, how can greatness be achieved?).

Adelaide is still disappointed that Anthony Green can’t be with South Australia this evening. Apparently, things will be more interesting down there in Tasmania.

broadcast interrupted to stop children jumping on each other’s backs – Circus Oz had seemed like a good idea at the time

!!In a serious blunder never made on election night before, Adelaide realises she has already finished the last of the wine, leaving only (red) bubbles in the fridge.

Adelaide predicts: the liveblog will end in a mess. Adelaide has, at least, fed herself (and her family of course).

Anthony Green’s voice can be heard, but it is 6.23 and he has nothing useful to say.

Kerry O’Brien has arrived. Adelaide’s husband will be home soon. Two Chrises on the radio. Kevin Foley and Nick Minchin on the television – Adelaide is hard-pressed to pick the difference between the two. Adelaide searches for glasses, but nothing becomes any clearer. Dean Jeansch is there too.

6.34
First figures in. 1.1%
Enfield – Green vote strong. Slight swing to the Libs according to Chris Pyne.
Collinswood – 239 votes counted.

We are not at the business end of the evening, Adelaide reminds herself.

Dean Jeansch talks about the .1% counted in Stuart, and Gunn is looking good. Adelaide says: too early to call.

erm…Adelaide notes that hers is the lone female voice commenting on this election…and no one can hear hers. Adelaide struggles with the cork on the bubbles.

Chris Pyne’s scrutineer rings in. The Brighton booth (in Bright) has been won by Chloe Fox. A swing of 11% to the ALP. Chris Schacht has a note of urgency in his voice. Chris Pyne says it doesn’t sound good. CS says the ALP hasn’t won that booth for twenty years. Adelaide concedes that Possum Magic is a good book. The radio is interviewing Chloe Fox.

On the television, Dean Jeansch is telling Kerry why they haven’t got the results from the metropolitan results yet and they can’t comment on Bright. Adelaide wonders isn’t anyone in the television studio listening to the radio?

Still, the thing about television is that you can see Vini resplendent in pink, but we have no idea what Chloe Fox was wearing.

6.52
Adelaide calls it: Labour to win. It’s a Rann-slide.

Adelaide publishes to make it official.

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