Saddest Show in Town

As parties go, this is a dud. The Labor faithful began milling outside a function room at Mount Pritchard Community Club, in Sydney's outer west, shortly before 7 p.m. By the time some 200 of them are allowed inside, the writing's on the wall. It's like a rugby match where fans show up thinking their team is a chance, only to see them concede three tries in the first five minutes. Within minutes of polls closing on the mainland, it's clear Labor, which needs an extra 13 seats, has lost two - Bass and Braddon - in Tasmania. By 6:45, the...