Senator Nick Minchin 21st August
From the Sydney Morning Herald on August 22nd,
"Senior Liberal Nick Minchin said the independents should respect the major party that had the highest two-party-preferred vote and the most seats."
(This was apparently said on TV on election night.)
8th September ABC 612 Brisbane Mornings with Chris O’Brien
"the Coalition actually won the majority of the votes, about 700,000 well, primary votes, and importantly it won several thousand more two-party preferred votes"
Julie Bishop 31st August
From the ABC:
"Liberal deputy leader Julie Bishop says Prime Minister Julia Gillard has lost her mandate to form government after Labor has lost its lead in the two-party preferred vote."
Mirabella sept 14th
"If Ms Gillard's main moral pillar of seeking to form government was that she was ahead on the two-party preferred vote then that has dissipated," Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella told Sky News.
From Liberal news
Is it a healthy democracy when a Party wins the majority of the two party preferred, wins the majority of the primary vote and wins more seats in the Parliament than the other Party but the other Party forms government?
TONY ABBOTT:Again, Alan, it’s disappointing when all these things are true but it is our system.
"The coalition won more votes and more seats than our opponents but sadly we did not get the opportunity to form a government,'' he said.