Election Deadlock Caps the Steady Decline of Australia’s Two Main Parties

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a rally in Sydney, July 3, 2016 (AP photo by Rick Rycroft).
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a rally in Sydney, July 3, 2016 (AP photo by Rick Rycroft).
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Every American policy analyst who has passed through the doors of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney in recent months asks a version of the same rhetorical question about Australian politics: What are you Aussies complaining about? We get fewer British visitors at Lowy than Americans, but I imagine they are thinking the same thing. They have a point. From their perspective, Australia looks prosperous—with unemployment below 6 percent, continuous economic growth for the past 24 years, and a generous social safety net—and thus well governed. Nor is Australia suffering the kind of political schisms seen in the […]

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