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How South Australians reacted to Trump's victory


South Australia’s political and media class expressed varying degrees of despair, humour and smugness as it became clear Donald J. Trump would be the next president of the United States.

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This morning, Premier Jay Weatherill was keen to project a sense of calm about South Australia’s relationship with the US.

“South Australians can be reassured our state has had strong relations with the United States for decades and I expect this will continue under the new administration,” he said in a statement.

“Our ties with the US are about shared interests, primarily in the areas of defence and trade, and that is something which will endure into the future.”

But not everyone was so diplomatic as the news came in yesterday afternoon.

Former Transport Minister Patrick Conlon:

Labor backbencher Chris Picton:

Liberal Party Senator for South Australia Cory Bernardi:

Bernardi told his Facebook followers last night that “the stunning election victory by Donald Trump last night is validation of all I have been warning about for many years”.

“The movement against the establishment political parties, who have consistently and wilfully ignored the mainstream majority in favour of their own power and self-interest, is moving across the globe.”

Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young:

Hanson-Young this morning urged the Australian Government to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement trade deal in light of Trump’s election.

“This disaster of a deal was going to give international businesses the power to sue the Australian Government and drive up the cost of cancer medication,” she said.

Trump described the TPP as a “disaster” earlier this year.

Independent Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon:

Xenophon posted to Facebook this morning:

“The lesson from last night is this: if we allow globalisation to be managed in a way that benefits the few over the many, we are in trouble.

“This isn’t about protectionism, this is about understanding how a strong economy is a complex economy and that if we allow our manufacturing sector to hollow out, our living standards will drop — and that must not be allowed to happen.”

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis:

Mental Health Minister Leesa Vlahos:

Liberal MP Stephan Knoll:

Labor MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Michael Atkinson:

Liberal MP Vincent Tarzia, unimpressed by Hillary Clinton’s performance:

ABC reporter (poet) Daniel Keane:


InDaily senior reporter Tom Richardson:

News Limited State Political Editor Daniel Wills:

The Advertiser reporter Lauren Novak:

Sunday Mail entertainment reporter Matt Gilbertson:

South Australians turned to the ABC to get their news of Trump’s shock victory.

ABC television’s 7pm news bulletin was the ratings winner of the night, attracting more viewers than any of the commercial services.

With timing on their side, the ABC garnered 110,000 viewers, followed by Seven (108,000), Nine (98,000) and Ten (52,000).




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