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How does 53% constitute a "landslide" victory?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Ironbar, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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  2. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Probably more than 2 parties involved. Remember when Ross Perot ran for president? He got a few percentage points of the vote.

    Brutus out
     
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  3. BoonDocks36

    BoonDocks36 Oregon, in the boondocks Christian. Conservative. Male.

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    And by reasoning, 62% would be more of a landslide, Y/N????? later in the article, it spoke of a "fledgling economy" hey the Country has had an economy, since the first British Prisoners were sent there, so why fledgling?

    I think we are looking at the Australian Language here, "Mate" AKA, friend, associate, etc. so if they Won, they can call it a Landslide, if they so choose...

    And hey, if dirt slides down, its a Landslide, there is no qualifier in that action.... Ton's of dirt would be more than Pounds of dirt, but its still a landslide either way...

    philip,
    Chewing on the Mountain Man Coffee he finished drinking, the BoonDocks is chilly this day, not Freezing Cold Mind you, but a long sleeve shirt sort of Day... ;)
     
  4. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    The Australian system is a parliamentary democracy. It is a bit different than ours, so any party getting 53% of the vote is fairly significant to them.

    They tend to have more than one party, and even the large parties are more splintered than our two main parties.

    Of course, if you read into it, one could get even confused if you only know US politics:

    "a coalition led by Australia's Liberal Party defeated Labor by a 53% to 47% margin"

    Wait, the Liberal's one, but that the title says conservatives one? So confused. :D
     
  5. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Voting is compulsory for every Australian citizen aged 18 years or older. If you do not vote and do not have a valid and sufficient reason for failing to vote, a penalty is imposed. That puts a bit of a spin on things too. I think the penalty is $20 or so but I'll bet it gets a lot more people involved.
     
  6. Solomon

    Solomon Vancouver Active Member

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    The Liberal party isn't as liberal as the Labor party. Confusing, right?
     
  7. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    And first person accounts report both are more conservative than our Democrats party.
     
  8. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    I've always thought we should have this in the US, might remove many of the voter ID laws issues.
     
  9. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Conservative party
    Labour
    Socialist
    Greens
    Palmer United
    "others"
     
  10. Kevinkris

    Kevinkris Aloha Well-Known Member

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    the US is the only 2 party nation. if im not mistaken Australians have 5 major parties.
     
  11. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    53% is the same number that reelected Obamber. HMMMMM?