LOOKING NEXT PARTYTIME - Leichhardt Liberal National MP, Warren Entsch, reflects following yesterday afternoon's announcement that the two remaining independents, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott, would back Labor.
According to Warren Entsch, this is the first time in Leichhardt's history, that the elected MP is not in the government.
The electorate of Leichhardt has often been called one of the 'bellwether' seats. Eden-Monaro in New South Wales has also elected representatives whose party won government at every federal election since 1972.
In an apt and appropriate description, the term is from the Middle English 'bellewether' that refers to placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram, leading his flock of sheep.
Warren Entsch may well feel like a castrated ram today, and yesterday afternoon, couldn't help but show his disappointment at his Mulgrave Road campaign office, when he learn't his return to the Federal seat of Leichhardt would mean three years in Opposition.
"Yes, it's disappointing, and I'm very surprised those two [Windsor and Oakeshott] went with Labor," Warren Entsch says. "They'll pay for it at the next election. I find it quite bizarre."
Entsch says even though Tony Windsor was quick to back Labor due to the National Broadband Network, he said most of rural electorates will miss out.
Warren Entsch also took aim at Rob Oakeshott, and said his demand to get aboriginal recognition in the constitution, was hardly a gain for indigenous Australians.
"He seemed for focused on thinking a couple of words in the constitution... was more important than giving them an economic future or a job," Warren Entsch said.
Entsch describes the new parliament, saying it will be like "herding cats" and saying it will be "very interesting" when the Greens start to push their agenda.