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Mar 13, 2017

Liberals in crisis -- from ascendancy to chaos in four years

In 2013, the Liberal Party dominated Australian politics. Now it is in disarray, riven by factions, struggling to fend off a resurgent Labor, and vexed by One Nation. Bernard Keane and Josh Taylor examine where it went wrong.

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On election night in 2013, the Liberal Party dominated Australian politics. Tony Abbott has just thrashed Labor, picking up 90 seats. The Liberals governed in the two biggest states, and the LNP under Campbell Newman had nearly obliterated Queensland Labor the year before; the Liberals governed in the boom state of Western Australia. Hopes were high that the Weatherill government would be dispatched in South Australia, and Labor’s time in Tasmania looked over. A long period of Liberal ascendancy appeared certain.

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