Saturday, August 21, 2010

Australia's Hung Parliament

Australian elections have resulted in a hung parliament. As far as I can tell, Labor has 72 votes and their opponents have 73. You need 76 for outright control of the chamber. These people are the remaining five votes. The Green dude and the guy who resigned over the Iraq War go Labour. The guy with retrograde climate change views goes for Abbott. So we're at 74-74.

That leaves the guy who made a promise to vote for whoever had the most votes and the most seats, and it looks like that'll pull in two different directions. He and his moderate-seeming friend seem to be the real kingmakers. I don't have a good enough grasp on the situation to know which way they'll go. Anyway, I think they're still counting votes in Western Australia, so we'll see what happens.
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