From the editor of a local newspaper, commenting on the reactions to the election result:
- "Much has been said of the 'silent majority' and it's quite clear this was a factor. As someone said to me over the weekend, 'when people get shouted down for their views, they don't change them, they just keep quiet. And then they vote'."
- "The left wants to blame everybody and everything but themselves - it's the media's fault, it's Clive Palmer's fault, it's Pauline Hanson's fault, white men are to blame ... the list goes on.
"Truth is the Labor primary vote was so poor at this election that quite clearly, the left's voice was disregarded and scoffed at by those who simply don't have time to whinge on Twitter or create petitions about mindless squabble."
Pretty much nails it for me, especially the first two paragraphs.