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Fischer led his party through the 1990s and was deputy prime minister, before suddenly opting out to give more time to his autistic son. He remained Australia’s best-loved politician.
It’s just a shame the place is so far away from London.
The financial crisis did not spell the end of financialisation — Australian households are among the most indebted in the world.
The election is one of the most spectacular, and unexpected, results in Australia’s political history.
It has suffered one of the most brutal terror attacks in recent history, but under Jacinda Ardern the country is increasingly considered a beacon of sanity in a world of extremism.
Ardern’s approach is totally unapologetic. Making those changes – and more broadly, protecting the vulnerable and making society work – is the priority of government.
The politics of hate have moved from the fringe to the mainstream.
In this social media age, the far right is one small community, united in purpose and action but merely fighting on different battlefields.
Rather than tackle the impending catastrophe, Australia seems intent on becoming the most nannyish nation on earth.
By combining radical economics with patriotism, the party has made itself the favourite to win this May’s general election.
It’s a measure of how far Australian conservatism has turned towards the Trumpian that Morrison was considered the mainstream candidate.