AUSTRALIA: Curtin and Poll

This week 4,500,000 Australians go to the polls for an election like that which the U.S. looks forward to in 1944: to pick a leader to hold office for a period (three years) that most Australians believe will take them out of war and into the peace. Australians are looking for politicians who show them the straightest path to victory.

Already thousands of votes have been recorded—votes marked on handmade ballots yellowed with tropic humidity and desert grime: soldiers have been voting since nominations closed June 30. Out of Australia's 7,000,000 population, 820,000 men and 40,000 women are in the services.


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