AUSTRALIA: Tail Feathers

A talkative bird is the Australian cockatoo (katkatoö), who so nearly resembles the Australian politico on the hustings that cartoonists often represent the one by the other. Last month, facing up to their fifth general election in six years, Australians wearily resigned themselves to a prolonged burst of cockatoo talk, and the sight of sulphurous crests raised in simulated alarm and indignation over the state of the nation. What they got instead was a beak-and-claw fight that made the political feathers fly as they had not done for a decade.

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