The outcome of this weekend’s Australian election seems similar to the hung parliament situation they faced in the UK earlier this year. It looks like a minority party will have to do deals with other members to maintain or win control of the government.
Why is it so close? Well, the answer’s obvious. Voters are disillusioned because there has been little engagement in the key strategic issues for the country. Dr Richard Denniss, executive director of The Australia Institute, says this is because the major parties have drip-fed their policies during the course of the campaigns, giving no time for proper analysis and debate. Surely this is a challenge to the principles behind democracy. So, isn’t it about time things were changed?