I saw hefty slices of most networks, except for SBS which was only covering from 9:30 – 10:30, which was the same time as leader speeches. Instead of a wrap at 10:30 it chose to play the scheduled Massive Moves documentary instead. Weird (although the title was an apt comment on the state of the nation).
Across the networks there were former pollies giving their opinions, live crosses to winners and losers, whiz-bang graphics from networks and social media tweets and instagrams.
Amongst the new members of parliament are Nine Ventures Managing Director David Coleman winning the seat of Banks for the Liberal Party. Former news presenter Sarah Henderson, who has worked for Seven, Nine, TEN, ABC and NITV, also won the country’s most marginal seat of Corangamite for Liberal.
As Nine crossed to Kevin Rudd’s base at the GABBA for his concession speech the big screens were watching ABC.
During Rudd’s marathon speech, he even said: “I saw SKY News just now saying we’re all gone including me. Anyway…”
When Nine crossed to the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney for Tony Abbott’s acceptance speech the big screens had SKY News.
One bloke tried to gatecrash Abbott’s family photo before security rushed him offstage.
There were also some off-script quotes and clangers.
Stephen Smith said: “Big Dick Adams is gonna be hard to dislodge, But I can tell you Big Dick is hard to dislodge from anything.”
On Seven, Senator Don Farrell was asked early in the evening who might next be ALP leader. But he refused to speculate.
Don Farrell: “Kevin Rudd is our leader….”
Barnaby Joyce: “And will be for the next 10 minutes!”
Also on Seven a live cross to Clive Palmer didn’t go too well, when Mark Riley tried some pressing questions.
Clive Palmer: “I tell you what mate. I’ve got more money than you could ever dream of.”
As the panel persisted, Palmer eventually ripped out his earpiece and walked off in a huff.
On SKY News a glum Bob Hawke said of the ALP: “They really have to have a good look at themselves. Because as the panel has noted earlier today, one of the outstanding features of tonight is the way they’ve been smashed.
He also said, “The values we established in the ALP in the 80’s and 90’s have been lost.”
Nine replaced its Shredder with a Sharknado-style pit called the Gurgler into which images of losing members were dumped.
Karl Stefanovic : That’s going to become a permanent fixture here at Channel Nine.
Lisa Wilkinson: “You shouldn’t laugh about that.”
At 9:16 Lisa Wilkinson declared Breaking News: “Tony Abbott is the new prime minister.”
Laurie Oakes: “I think we broke that weeks ago.”
On TEN Charlie Pickering joked: “Have the Wallabies done enough to save the furniture?”
But Steve Price said what we were all thinking.
“Jaymes Diaz is a dope!” he said.