Lies, damn lies and elections

Broken promises are nothing new in politics but last year's election set a new bar. Hockey's first budget extends the nation's dismal dance of lies and disbelief.

Australia’s system of democracy has settled into one that relies for its smooth operation on the utmost cynicism by its participants -- politicians and voters.

Broken promises are nothing new -- they have been happening after every election since your correspondent first became a journalist in the early 1970s, and no doubt before that too.

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