A happily wrong prediction

On Thursday 22 November, when explaining how I was going to vote, I said:

In the Senate, I am going to put my friend Scott Ryan first, though as he is third on the Liberal ticket I don’t like his chances of becoming Senator Ryan this time around.

Happily, I was too pessimistic. This morning, the Australian Electoral Commission confirmed that Scott had been elected to the Senate.

Another advantage of this is that I had been disqualifying Scott, who lives in Carlton, from any claim to be a second Carlton classical liberal on the grounds that as a Liberal Party candidate he was bound to support its big government policies (as a mere Liberal Party branch member I can say what I like). So the wisdom of Victorian voters in making Scott Senator Ryan has also allowed me to keep my blog title. Somehow ‘Observations from one of Carlton’s classical liberals’ doesn’t sound right.

7 thoughts on “A happily wrong prediction

  1. He is a very solid citizen, and I’m glad he’s been elected. Don’t think he was expecting it himself after seeing the early primary vote nationwide…

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  2. Terrific. He and Judith Troeth will make a fine pairing, I’m sure.

    Did you see how Peter Hendy has quit as boss of the ACCI to become Nelson’s chief of staff? I didn’t know Hendy was a Liberal. He managed to hide it so well when he was at the ACCI. He was never partisian in anything he said or did.

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  3. Spiros – means nothing. A few years ago I was approached by an ALP government to work as an economic advisor. When I pointed out an obvious problem they said they were more interested in getting the job done rather than ‘ideoogical friendship’.

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  4. Spiros – I believe Peter Hendy was Peter Rieth’s chief of staff when Reith was Industrial Relations Minister. Moving to Brendan Nelson’s office will be like returning to the fold.

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  5. Contrary to popular perception economists agree on pretty much 95% of everything. It’s just that the 5% they disagree on gets excessive attention.

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