Pity the poor party strategists who had to spend Sunday re-writing their MPs’ off-the-cuff parliamentary taunts and jibes after the Griffith by-election.
Inconveniently, the fresh election to replace outgoing low-profile federal MP, Kevin Rudd, refused to give either of the major parties much to crow about.
Kevin Rudd congratulates Terri Butler after she won the seat of Griffith
The Labor opposition retained the seat, but with a small swing against them instead of against the government, which is usually what happens in a by-election. This pretty much cruelled Labor’s hopes of credibly claiming the Griffith result sent “a strong message of protest to Tony ...