Judy McVey

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Australian voters delivered a vote of no confidence in both major political parties at the recent election, resulting in a hung parliament, writes Judy McVey.


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Labor prime minister Julia Gillard has scraped back in by forming a minority government supported by the one Green Party MP and three independents. Despite the close call, with Tony Abbott's Tories almost taking power, larger numbers than ever signalled their desire for a left wing alternative.

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John Howard got his long awaited comeuppance in the November elections. Now the Australian left needs to unite to reverse his disastrous policies, argues Judy McVey

My friends are singing "Ding dong! The witch is dead!" Last November Tory prime minister John Howard lost not only the election, but his own seat as well.

While the left are still smiling, Howard's Liberal Party (the Tories) are attacking each other over whether to junk their own hated policies on industrial relations and climate change scepticism. Out of office at both federal and state level, their highest serving politician is the mayor of Brisbane.

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