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  • qet

    This is a case of a political party doing what it needs to do to keep itself in power. Just as with the US GOP, where the leadership values “stability” for the sake of retaining a majority and all of the power and perks that go with majority-party status, the Australian conservative party seems to have had enough of conservative political principles as such principles require vigorous and constant defending against the snipings from the Left. Probably, as here, too many Aussies find principle-based politics and sustained reasoned thought too demanding, too enervating of their preferred vague global post-modern consumerist yearnings, and become impatient with the Howards and Abbotts, who make them experience discomfort which is the cardinal sin in the modern West. The party organization senses that discomfort and impatience and, probably motivated by their own equivalents of the NYT and WaPo op-ed nincompoops, reject their true conservative leaders as being “unable to govern” or some such nonsense. Yep–Australia is becoming more like us every day.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    54-44 seems like a pretty narrow margin of victory, it would only take a change of 5 votes to switch things back. I wonder what Turnbull had to bribe the fence sitters with, in order to become PM? I wonder how swiftly the Party will turn on him when he loses the election next year?

    • tarentius

      Abbott has about as much chance of reclaiming his office as he does of being elected Pope. Abbott has been in free fall for nine months and he has committed gaffe after blunder after blunder. He lost the trust of Australian voters when in his first budget he reneged on promises he made to voters during this election, George Bush “No More Taxes” anyone. The polls have been disastrous for the coalition and there is no way it was going to win the next election under Abbott.. Now, it has a chance.

  • Greg Olsen

    The China school thinking assumes that China would be effective in achieving linkage between economic and security issues, which has been really hard since the end of the Cold War. The US has tied to link carrots and sticks and been mostly unsuccessful. Outside of linkage between economic benefits and drug smuggling enforcement in Latin America. Most efforts at linkage have failed. There is no reason to think that China will be any more effective at forcing linkage between trade and security in its bilateral relations with Australia.

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