AUSTRALIA: Liberal Victory

By an exceedingly narrow margin, Australia's free-enterprising Liberal government hung onto power this week. From the hot white sands of Woomera to the waterfalls of Tasmania, across a vast and booming land almost the size of the U.S., 4,800,000 Aussies cast their (compulsory) ballots and divided them so evenly that Labor, the loser, actually got some 200,000 more votes than the victors. It was only because the electoral gerrymanders favor rural constituencies (where the Liberal coalition is strong) that the government kept control of the House of Representatives by at least seven seats. But the margin, though narrow, was...

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