Nov 7, 2012

Ignore the White House, Australian eyes should be on the Senate

Pakistan has good reason to fear the re-election of Barack Obama. But Australians should be watching the Senate result -- that's where the results may really affect those Down Under.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

US senate

One of the more fun parts of any US election is the transformation of Australians normally hostile to the cultural and political influence of that country, those normally found railing at our status as a vassal state firmly locked in a Washington-centric orbit, into people deeply engrossed in both the process and outcome of presidential elections. Invariably, they’re to be found supporting the Democrats.


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