I know a lot of you are excited to see the results of this year’s Australian elections.
I too am.
I am very excited about it.
And I’m also nervous.
We’ve seen this happen before.
It’s one thing to have a few candidates running, and another thing to lose a seat.
This time, we’re facing the possibility that, once again, there are no candidates who can get the job done.
Here’s what I mean.
Australia has been on the edge of an existential crisis.
With only one candidate, no one is winning.
The two-party system has failed to deliver anything but one-party rule.
No party is running an efficient campaign.
A political vacuum has been created.
In many ways, this has been the worst election in Australian history.
If we look back on it in hindsight, it was an utter disaster.
But we can now look back and say that 2016 was a remarkable year for Australia.
There was a great deal of positive news to watch.
When I was working on a book about politics in the United States, one of the things that we looked for was how to understand how voters react to political change.
They react differently to new ideas, and different ideas get different levels of support.
For example, there’s a lot more support for Bernie Sanders than there was for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
That’s because there’s less room for uncertainty, and more of a sense that the system is working.
Then, there were a lot fewer people in the electorate who were really worried about what was going to happen.
Instead, people were excited about the prospects of a new leader.
Some people were anxious.
Others were hopeful.
Those were the kinds of voters who were drawn to the Green Party.
Its leaders, Natalie Bennett and Tom Rogic, had a clear mandate from their supporters to run on a platform that was really about a vision of a green future.
While the Greens had a solid campaign in the lead-up to the election, they were not going to win.
So, the Greens decided to go back to the drawing board.
Their vision was different from the one we had been taught about.
On top of that, the party had some unexpected successes.
First, in terms of the number of seats won, the Green vote in the House of Representatives increased from 1.5 million to 2.7 million.
Second, the Australian Labor Party was forced to change its position on climate change.
The Greens were able to get through the emissions reduction bill and it was a real turning point for the Labor Party.
This was the second time in three years that Labor had changed its position in Parliament.
Third, there was a clear focus on the future of Indigenous issues.
This year, the Prime Minister was a vocal advocate for Indigenous Australians and had spoken to the leaders of the three main indigenous groups in Australia.
This brought a great amount of support to the Greens.
Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, the election was seen as a referendum on the government.
Since the election had not gone according to plan, many voters were looking forward to seeing whether the new Labor government would deliver on the promises that they made to the people.
Unfortunately, the Coalition was elected.
As we saw during the election campaign, the two parties did not share the same vision for the future.
They did not live up to the promises they had made to voters.
Given this, it’s easy to understand why people were worried about the future for the Australian economy.
What could be done?
In the wake of the election and the early days of the Abbott government, the Abbott Government’s economic policies have been very disappointing.
Many commentators, including myself, predicted that the government would be very difficult to manage.
Although, it turns out that was not the case.
After several years of hard work by the Abbott Labor Government, they have a plan to deal with their economic problems.
Most importantly, their plan is about making the economy grow again.
During the election season, there has been an intense focus on two major areas.
Firstly, the carbon tax, which is the primary mechanism that Australia uses to reduce emissions.
Secondly, the introduction of a carbon price, which will result in an increase in revenue to help fund infrastructure and pay for education and health.
However, this is not a plan that will achieve its primary objectives.
You cannot get a good deal out of the carbon price.
Nor can you get a better deal out from the carbon levy.
Rather than cutting emissions, the Government will be encouraging investment, and creating jobs.
Of course, we cannot have