On Saturday night The Examiner‘s senior political reporter Matt Maloney sat at his computer clicking refresh over, and over and over as he waited for the results to filter in from the Legislative Council elections.
In the newsroom, similar thoughts as those shared with us throughout this election period were voiced.
That is: “The Legislative Council elections are boring”. However, the newsroom will often add: “they appear boring, but they’re not”.
The Legislative Council election appears dull because the votes often only involve a couple of winners.
This is unlike the state election, where you have 25 people elected and often an exciting upset.
There is also the spectacle and energy of the tally room, alongside the entertainment and expertise of election analyst Antony Green.
And then there’s the federal election. This has always been intriguing due to the marginal seat of Bass and the election of a national leader.
The upper house election can also seem dull because the results can either go two ways – a clear winner (Huon in this instance), or a count that will take up to 10 days (Rosevears will most likely go this way).
While the Legislative Council elections often only directly affect a small percentage of Tasmanians at once, the outcome will impact us all.
The makeup of the upper house can either help the state government sleep better at night, or cause significant headaches.
Three important debates are heading to the upper house – pokies, voluntary assisted dying and major projects.
You only have to look to the letters page of The Examiner to know all three topics are highly contentious and, for two of them, highly emotive pieces of legislation that have a direct impact on social issues.
What a moment to enter the arena for two new members – whoever they may be.
While the results may be slow, the outcome certainly won’t be boring as we get back to politics.