Has The Australian Financal Review politics writer Phillip Coorey taken to doing graphics for the newspaper as well?
The Media Glass House suspects Coorey might have had more than just a hand in preparing the graphic (shown at top) that accompanied a think piece by another AFR scribe of the post-election outcome and prospects for the various political parties.
It was touted as a guide as to which electorates changed hands and why, and who among those who survived could still be on the chopping block.
Talk about denial! The graphic doesn’t even represent the state of the lower house before the 21 May election, let alone the grim reality that now faces the Liberal Party in particular moving, as Julia Gillard would say, forward.
It’s a nonsense graphic that suggests the Morrison Government stands a moderate chance of forming a minority government with perhaps the help of Bob Katter of the Katter’s Australian Party and the Centre Alliance’s Rebekha Sharkie.
You would think a graphic that accompanies a story about the challenges facing the political parties in the new parliament would accurately show the 21 May election outcome, where the Liberal Party in particular has been savaged to the tune of some 19 seats, its worst defeat in its history.
All House of Representatives seats were well and truly decided by the time that AFR article appeared and Phillip might want to avert his eyes as we repeat the figures: Labor 77 seats (that’s the red seats); the LNP 58 seats (blue), The Greens (4), a couple of minor party players mentioned above in maybe orange, yellow or brown and independents (10) that could reasonably be displayed as either gray or teal dots in the chamber.
If it’s not Phillip Coorey, then someone else at the AFR is stubbornly refusing to accept the cruel reality of Australian politics right now and the seismic shift that 21 May produced. That, somehow, miraculously, if you keep staring at the graphic used, perhaps the way things once were can somehow be again, with Scott Morrison and the LNP still in charge, as is the natural order of things in Australian politics.
Indeed, is there some form of subtle brainwashing going on here, designed to delegitimise Labor’s win by covertly reinforcing claims by senior surviving Liberals that the ALP has no mandate and should not have won the election on its low primary vote? Look at the graphic, people! How did Albanese limp over the line with the number of red dots shown there! Huh!!! Maybe a march on Capital Hill would be in order?
Is there any better explanation as to why Australia’s premier business newspaper that supposedly prides itself in its accuracy and fairness and surely must be able to afford a professional graphics department would produce such a silly, irrelevant graphic?
And was that your idea, Phil, to have the man who lost the election pictured, rather than the man who won in his own right? You know, the guy whose party had enough red dots that they stretched over into the left-hand side of the chamber graphic?
Or maybe that was Michael Sutchbury’s call? Keep the man who remains, in MSM minds at least, arguably the best marketer/campaigner in world political history in the public eye until Peter Dutton crashes and burns, and the Member for Cook can once again lead the LNP to a remarkable victory in 2025.