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The people have spoken, we have a new government.
Yesterday the Australian people voted for a change of government from the Australian Labor Party to the Australian Liberal/National coalition. It has been an ugly six years of government with the Labor party deposing its leader, Kevin Rudd early on to be replaced by Australia’s first female Prime minister, Julia Gillard. In a twist of fate, or should I say, a fatal twist for the party, Gillard was bumped off and Rudd brought back just months before this election but was unable to save the party. The Greens, who had gained great traction in the last few years, were decimated this time around retaining just one seat in Melbourne.
Did you know that voting in Australia is compulsory? Yep, if you are an Australian citizen over 18 years of age you must vote. We reckon it makes politicians take everyone’s wants and needs into account when developing their policies. Not everyone likes it but I think we should be grateful for the right to have our say when others around the world die for that right. Having said that, there was a real feeling this election that the parties’ policies had coalesced in many ways so that it was pretty hard to tell the difference between many of them.
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This web site presents the interventions of MICHAEL ROBERTS in the public realm with reference to Sri Lankan political affairs. It will embrace the politics of cricket as well. ROBERTS was educated at St. Aloysius College in Galle and the universities of Peradeniya and Oxford. He taught History at Peradeniya University and Anthropology at Adelaide university. He is now retired and lives in Adelaide.