Rough moment: A red-haired pub goer interrupts the loss of the South Australian Prime Minister as he makes a concession speech in the pub.
- Spectators watching coverage of elections in South Africa spotted the sly hand of a pub goer
- The Labor Party beat the Liberals in the elections in the state of South Australia
- Premier Stephen Marshall risks losing his Dunstan seat
- Labor leads among the key outcasts of King, Newland, Adelaide and Elder.
Outgoing South Australian Prime Minister Stephen Marshall’s heartfelt concession speech was rudely cut short when a pub patron showed up to give ABC viewers the finger.
Alert Twitter users noted that a red-haired woman in the pub where the Liberal leader spoke after losing state elections on Saturday made a rude gesture in the background.
But others online claimed the woman, who was seen giggling next to the blue-haired visitor, simply scratched her face.
“A woman with fiery hair in the background gives Marshall a bird during his concession speech. Priceless. Why is he doing this in a pub?! — wrote a Twitter user.
Another said: “The smoking room in the pub was an interesting background choice. This woman spent most of her speech pointing the finger while the guy on the left continued to doze.”
Some viewers were quick to spot the suspected one-finger salute and shared it on Twitter (pictured).
Labor has won the South Australian election, and the 41-year-old father of three, known for showing off his muscular physique on social media, is set to become the new prime minister.
Peter Malinauskas, who was previously the state’s health secretary in 2017, will replace Liberal leader Stephen Marshall, who risks losing his seat following a mass rejection of the government in Saturday’s vote.
The crushing victory is a major setback for Scott Morrison ahead of a federal election expected to take place in May, with polls reflecting South Australia’s results predicting the Coalition will win voter support.
Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas (pictured with wife Annabelle) is set to become prime minister
Peter Malinauskas stands in front of the cameras, casting his vote into the ballot box.
Malinauskas honored the memory of the outgoing head of state by calling him “totally generous, accommodating and a man with ‘class’.”
“Sometimes I think that on election days, when the government changes hands, the winning party can confuse the excitement of electoral success with an exaggerated sense of accomplishment,” the election winner said.
“Naturally South Australians and Labor are right to feel content tonight. But the true satisfaction for us comes in realizing our ambitions, the ideal of creating a fairer, better society and more opportunities for those who need it most.”
The key to Labor’s victory was secured by an early move to fringe seats in metropolitan Adelaide.
With 24 out of 47 seats now announced, Labor’s primary vote is approaching eight percent in the metropolitan area and slightly less statewide.
The party seems to be attracting many voters who supported Nick Xenophon’s SA-BEST party in the last election.
Labor has won the election in the state of South Australia, where the 41-year-old father of three, known for showing off his muscular physique on social media, is set to become the new prime minister. Pictured: Liberal Party Prime Minister Stephen Marshall with former Prime Minister John Howard ahead of the vote.
Prime Minister Stephen Marshall risks losing his Dunstan seat as Labor leaves the Liberals
Labor pulled ahead among the key outcasts of King, Newland, Adelaide and Elder, four seats thought likely to fall if the opposition won.
State Labor received 40.2% of the vote in the primary against 35.4% for the ruling Liberals, according to preliminary data.
Key independents Dan Cregan of the Adelaide Hills, Jeff Brock, who had moved to take over from Stewart in the north, and Troy Bell of Mount Gambier were on the way to re-election.
Prime Minister Stephen Marshall also had trouble in his own Dunstan seat, although he was still ahead, according to preliminary reports.
Putting on a brave face, the first prime minister to lose his seat since the start of the Covid pandemic was graceful and optimistic during his concession speech.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of South Australia,” he told supporters.
The hefty dad caused a stir earlier this month when he shared a topless snap of him holding daughter Eliza in the pool.
The crushing victory is a major setback for Scott Morrison (pictured) ahead of a federal election expected to take place in May, with pre-election polls reflecting South Australia predicting the Coalition will get a kick from voters.
WHAT DOES THE RESULT MEAN FOR SCOTT MORRISON?
Federal Labor and Liberal officials say there are lessons to be learned from South Australia’s election race.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is poised to pull the trigger in federal elections in the coming weeks, with many expecting May 14 to be voting day.
As South Africa’s votes were counted on Saturday night, it looked like Stephen Marshall’s Liberal government was about to lose to the Labor opposition led by Peter Malinauskas after just one term.
The defeat would be the first for any sitting state or territory government during the pandemic.
Outgoing Liberal federal MP Nicole Flint said the party needs to pay attention to the needs of Mr Morrison’s “quiet Australians” who have been devastated by issues such as South Africa’s Liberal government’s decision to cancel the Adelaide 500 Supercars race.
She said suburban voters, already impacted by the loss of auto jobs and the COVID-19 pandemic, saw the auto race decision as “another nail in the coffin.”
Labor MP Amanda Rishworth said that although the Morrison government talked about jobs, voters in suburban South Africa did not benefit from it.
“Messages about the economy and jobs have not been as strong as they should have been in the suburbs,” she told Sky News.
“We have to talk about the problems of bread and butter – that’s the lesson.”
Cabinet Minister Anne Ruston said the state elections were over health and the Marshall government’s management of the pandemic, not federal issues.
Senator Ruston said that when it comes to federal elections, they will fight for jobs and national security.
“I think these are two different choices and they will be held on two different grounds,” she said.
She dismissed suggestions that Mr. Marshall should have chosen to fight Canberra more in order to be seen as a strong leader for his state.
“I think Australians want our governments to work together,” she said.
One of the key factors in state elections that could affect the federal outcome is the shift of votes from minor parties such as the SA Best, led by former Senator Nick Xenophon, to Labor, as well as the strength of the Green vote.
This could lead to the defeat of two sitting senators, Rex Patrick and Stirling Griff.
With Boothby’s seat set to be a key battleground in the federal vote, moving the area’s state seat to Labor will give the federal opposition some strength.
Source: Paul Osborne for the Australian Associated Press.