Thursday, 17 September 2009

Political marriage breakdown

One thing we know about Australian politics is that divided teams don’t win, yet relations between Liberals and Nationals are on the verge of completely breaking down. Differences over climate-change policies between the Coalition partners are being highlighted today but the troubles are more fundamental than that. Basically, most Nats think they are in danger of losing their seat if they stick with a senior partner led by a city slicker merchant banker. This is like Joh for Canberra in 1987 all over again, except back then the Coalition would have won had it stuck together. This time there is only a slight chance of victory whatever happens, with Liberals destined to be the big losers.
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