That the Canberra election is so close is a pointer to the eventual extent of Gillard’s electoral demise. An 8% swing to the Liberals (albeit on a proportional representation basis) in a traditionally Labor voting city brings cheer to the hearts of the losing Libs. Last reports indicate 7 seats each to both Labor and Liberal, 2 to the greens and 1 undecided. Even if the third seat goes to the Libs you can rely on the devastated Greens to join with Labor to form Government, with a majority of 9 in a 17 seat Assembly. No-one gives a stuff what Canberra elections throw up except that this one is an ominous result.

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