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The major parties pursued risk-averse, focus-grouped, talkingpoint politics during this election campaign, favouring easy, enemy-less reforms, unless the enemies are by common agreement popular targets.
And in doing so, the major political parties have treated the electorate with contempt, pitching their campaigns at the lowest common electoral denominator, offering little in the way of quality policy and serving up leaders who only showed inspiration in their efforts to run away from key reforms they had previously enthusiastically backed.
As a result, the electorate has responded by giving neither party a mandate, requiring them to negotiate, compromise and innovate.
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As for how this story ends, right now, that’s anyone’s guess…
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