Labor, the Coalition and the problem of political identity

Political parties Elections Australia

Labor and the Coalition are caught between vying for the middle ground and differentiating themselves in the political marketplace. Behind it all, there’s one vital difference

If a new poll reflects opinion across the electorate then we are in the midst of a disturbing spike in public disaffection with Australian political parties and the political system in general. The study, conducted by the Australian National University in partnership with the Social Research Centre, found satisfaction with democracy had fallen from 86 per cent in 2007 to 72 per cent when attitudes were surveyed again in June. Even more worrying is the number of Australians who no longer believe it makes a difference which party is in power – a rapid plunge from 68 per cent to 43 per cent in the same period…

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