Newspoll predicted the Katter Party would get four percent five weeks ago, then nine percent on election day, when it got twelve. Twelve is more than the Greens mostly get and more than the National Party, federally, ever gets, these days.
And in the Newspoll this morning it is not mentioned. There is a figure of 6.6 for ‘Others’ — which includes, presumably, the combined votes for Wilkie, Windsor, Oakeshott, Katter, Crook, the DLP, Family First, One Nation, the Democrats, the Shooters, the Christian Democrats and the Katter Party.
Bullshit it does. The Katter Party got twelve percent on its own in Queensland, and has a presence already in New South Wales and Western Australia. Why is it not listed on its own? Why is the LNP not listed on its own? Why not the National Party? Does the ‘Coalition’ total include Crook? It shouldn’t; which would bring their ‘base’ vote down to 46.
Even thus on the morning of the revelation of his part in the present ‘Bribes For Cameron’ scandal in Britain does Rupert Murdoch again play funny buggers with our democracy. He got the Katter Party’s numbers wrong by one hundred and fifty thousand five weeks ago; and now he is concealing its very existence. He is doing this because this new party’s protectionist and rural-socialist policies will race like wildfire through the regions and get it, if he does not stop it, into coalition government federally next year; with Labor, perhaps, and that would never do.
I ask the fawning jellyback O’Shannessy why he got the figures so wrong, and why he is concealing them now.
And why he got the outcome, two party preferred, wrong by one hundred and eighty-five thousand votes.
Or, as he might more gently express it, six percent.
Something wrong with his methodology, is there?
Like I said?