So two and a half weeks after the election, Australia has finally figured out who it wants to run the country.
For those of you who weren't paying attention (ie everyone, because it's Australia ) our recent election returned a hung parliament, with neither the Labor Party nor the Liberal/National Coalition gaining the outright majority in the House of Representatives that it needed. After two whole weeks of haggling, the independents have finally made up their minds, with just enough picking Labor rather than Liberal to give it a 76 to 74 majority in the House of Reps.
So anyway, it's looking like an interesting three years. Labor has got enough of the independents on side to form a minority government, but it can't bet on all of its policies getting through because Labor and the Lib/Nats both only have 72 seats in the House, and Labor will have to please at least 4 of the 6 third-party Members (almost all of whom have indicated they'll break ranks and vote however they please whenever they please) to get anything passed in the House. Meanwhile in the Senate, the Lib/Nats hold a (very slender) majority until next year, when the new Senate will be sworn in and the Greens will hold the balance of power because neither major party managed to pick up a majority.
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