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Voting "No"
Gridlock in Australia

Australia, long a model of political stability, has had five prime ministers in the last six years, and could be facing another change shortly after recent elections look to prove indecisive. The BBC:

[Prime Minister Malcolm] Turnbull said he remained confident he could get the seats necessary to form a majority government. His office denied accusations made by opposition leader Bill Shorten that he planned to hold a snap election in the wake of an unclear result.

Australia faces the prospect of a “hung parliament” if neither of the two main parties reaches the 76-seat quota. With almost 80% of the vote counted, 10 seats remain in doubt, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s (ABC) analysis. The ABC has called 68 seats for the ruling Liberal-National coalition, 67 seats for Labor and five for independents and minor parties.

The count was progressing slowly on Tuesday and it is possible the result will not be known for several more days as large numbers of absentee and postal votes are processed.

Behold gridlock: splintering politics due to anti-establishment populism that is more certain about what it opposes than about what it wants. This is happening everywhere in the Western world. Voters are saying “no” to the establishment and the status quo, but the “no” votes are divided between Left and Right.

As countries like Russia, China and Iran—to say nothing of the jihadis—continue to raise their game in attacking the post-Cold War international system, more and more of the countries interested in defending it are simply adrift.

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  • Andrew Allison

    Anti-establishment populism wants an end to government by the establishment for the benefit of the establishment [http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/03/brexit-and-beyond-the-great-unruly-rebellion-against-the-neo-liberal-crony-capitalists.html]

  • FriendlyGoat

    “Behold gridlock: splintering politics due to anti-establishment populism that is more certain about what it opposes than about what it wants. This is happening everywhere in the Western world. Voters are saying “no” to the establishment and the status quo, but the “no” votes are divided between Left and Right.”

    Perhaps this is what happens when we constantly ask ourselves “Are we on the right track or the wrong track”? There are a lot of “invitations” being issued for people to have a conniption fit without the bother of a demand to either know or tell what is wrong.

    • JR

      Dude, you know what’s causing this, right? Lack of confiscatory taxation above a certain level, that’s what. If only Australians had 100% marginal tax rates above a certain random level, all of these problems could have been avoided. You know I’m right….

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