Audio interview

The maths is clear: Australians like voting for minor parties and independents

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Democracy Parliament of Australia Federal government Minority government Parliament Australian federal election 2016 Australia
Description

As the major political parties keep a close eye on the election count, there's a bit of contingency planning going on, with the Coalition and Labor reaching out to the crossbenchers. This is potentially only the second minority government at a federal level since 1940. John Warhurst, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University, explains how a minority government is formed, and that it is not at all uncommon at state level and overseas.

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