New South Wales 2023 – Wind Of Change, Or Not?

This election is set to be a pivotal moment for New South Wales. As voters head to the polls, the stakes are high with Dominic Perrottet and the Liberal Party vying to secure another term amidst challenges and a strong opposition led by Chris Minns of the Labor Party, issues ranging from healthcare and education to infrastructure and housing affordability dominate the campaign, reflecting the diverse concerns of the electorate.

Labor is determined to end 12 years in opposition, presenting a renewed vision for the state and promising significant reforms. Chris Minns and his team are capitalizing on growing dissatisfaction with the current government, hoping to ride a wave of change similar to the federal election results, Labor challenge is significant there have only been two instances since World War II where Labor has won government from the opposition in New South Wales.

Smaller parties and independents also play a crucial role in this election, The Greens continue to push their environmental and social justice agenda, while the potential for a “teal wave”—inspired by the recent federal election—adds another layer of complexity. These independent candidates, often focusing on climate action and political integrity, could disrupt traditional voting patterns and influence key electorates.

The current government is the last of its kind in mainland Australia. After losing popular premier Gladys Berejiklian, can Perrottet hold off the red wave and stop it in New South Wales? Or will Minns deliver Labor to government after 12 years in the wilderness?

Queensland – 1998

The 1998 Queensland state election is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable and hard-fought political contests in recent history. With a diverse array of parties and candidates vying for power, the race is wide open, and the outcome is far from certain.

The incumbent National-Liberal coalition government, which unexpectedly gaining power in 1996, is now battling to maintain its grip on power. Meanwhile, the center-left Labor Party is mounting a strong challenge, while the controversial right-wing populist One Nation party led by Pauline Hanson is making a serious push to gain a foothold in the state parliament. Smaller players like the Australian Democrats and Greens are also hoping to leverage voter discontent to secure crucial seats.

The stakes are high, with the future direction of Queensland’s policies on crucial issues like gun reform, indigenous rights, immigration, and the economy all hanging in the balance. Analysts predict record voter turnout as Queenslanders grapple with a complex and consequential set of choices.

With millions of dollars in campaign spending, fiery rhetoric, and shifting alliances, the 1998 Queensland election promises to be a dramatic and defining moment in the state’s political landscape. The final results could reverberate across the country, making this one of the most closely watched state elections in recent memory.

Who will lead Queensland into the new century?

Western Australia 1950 – Wind Of Change

Alt-History Mod Alert!

In 1933, West Australians voted in favor of secession from Australia, in the midst of the Depression. After the Western Australian delegation’s petition was accepted by the UK Parliament, the flag of the federation was lowered in Perth and replaced by the Blue Ensign, officially ending the federation between Western Australia and the Australian Federation. 17 years on, the country had moved on and prospered under the boom created by the expansion of the agriculture industry and the mining industry, spurred by the economic policy of the Latham government, which had been in power since 1939. The Prime Minister had decided to call a double dissolution election to advance his agenda, after the Senate kept blocking his legislation to ban the Communist Party, which had continued to grow since the end of the war. Labor, under the new leadership of Frank Wise, hoped to retake government after a series of losses and try to convince Western Australia it was time for change. Meanwhile, a new party emerged as a result of Labor’s left pivot and the NCA’s long rule – the Liberal Democratic Party, led by Oscar Wells, the most famous mining magnate in Western Australia. The party hoped to provide a political home for the Social Liberals and Fiscal Conservatives who might be alienated by the two-party system.

Disclaimer: The Mod is based on this referendum point of divergence is when the Joint Select Committee in the British Parliament accepted the petition presented by the Western Australia delegation led by Premier Mitchell

Australia – 1987

After a tumultuous second term in office, abandoning most of it’s policies from it’s previous government, can Bob Hawke make history and lead Labor to it’s subsequent 3rd election victory? Or will John Howard and the coalition capitalize on the disillusion of labor’s heartland and form Government? (all whilst avoiding the disastrous Joh for Canberra campaign)

Playable characters include:

Bob Hawke (Labor)

John Howard (Liberal)

Ian Sinclair (National)

Sir Joh Bjielke-Peterson

Janine Haines (Democrats)

and more.

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