The huge price of Abbott’s 'minority' rule

One or two senators could hold the nation in their hands for months. Reforms they insist on could help, or harm, the nation in ways the major parties would never choose.

A week is a very long time in politics, but seven days out from the election the overwhelming likelihood is that Tony Abbott will win this election with a substantial lower house majority. 

However, in so many ways that couldn’t matter less. The real action will be in the Senate, and this election result is likely to give Abbott’s early days in power a very different context to those experienced by Julia Gillard. 


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