Well it's not like anyone couldn't see it coming.
I'm pretty happy with the result. It had to happen. If only Howard had stepped aside a year or more ago, maybe the outcome would have been very different for the Liberal party.
I do feel sorry for Howard though. It's not as if he's been doing a dreadful job for the 11 years he's been in office. He's done a lot of good. I don't think being thrown out on your ear completely is quite the way to end ones 25 year political career. I guess he really pissed off his constituency...
The main reasons I didn't vote Liberal again this time were pretty similar to last time: Iraq and the environment. Oh, and I thought the previous election campaign tactics were a bit dirty with all the FUD about interest rates. At least that backfired appropriately.
I must say that I've been quite surprised by various Liberal party happenings around this election. I'm surprised Malcolm Turnbull got a swing towards him in his electorate. I'm surprised that Costello didn't become the default Opposition Leader, and that he didn't even want the job. I'm surprised Turnbull was a front-runner for the job (and I'm pleased he didn't get it). I don't consider some filthy rich business man who's only just entered politics via a safe Liberal seat to be good alternative Prime Minister material. I can't say I'm a huge fan of Brendan Nelson either. Maybe the Liberal party's going to spend some time in the wilderness whilst in Opposition, the way the Labor did for so long?
I'm pleased that my immediate concerns about the Labor party being back in power haven't materialised, namely the selection of the cabinet. I've always hated the factional nature of the Labor party, and how the best person for the job wasn't necessarily selected. I'm glad Rudd hasn't continued that tradition. I'm glad Peter Garrett retained the environment portfolio. I'm also very pleased that Rudd's getting stuck into some of the things that are very popular with the people but the previous Government was quite controversial over, namely signing Kyoto, apologising to the Aborigines about the Stolen Generation and withdrawing troops from Iraq.
Interesting times ahead. I'm particularly interested to see how the US deals with any troop withdrawal. My personal opinion on that whole mess is that we shouldn't have been there in the first place, but we're morally obligated to see things through.
Oh, and I'm extremely curious as to what's going to happen to the Canberra housing market. Apparently (I can't remember where I got this from, maybe some long-time Canberrans on Planet Linux Australia can confirm or deny this) when the Liberal Party first came to power 11 years ago, they gutted the public service, and Canberra house prices dropped dramatically. I'll be watching with interest to see if anything similar happens this time.