Well, not to long ago, an election was called in Australia. They are now counting ballots as we speak.
John Howard's Liberal Party, which is actually ideologically conservative, but anyway... They are trying to pull off a Chrétien. They are hatemongering concerning the latest refugee issue (or so I hear from an Australian ALP booster )in an attempt to beat down the Australian Labor (yes, Australians dropped the "O" too. I don't like the spelling any more than the rest of you ) Party, that would have otherwise been more or less a shoe-in.
now it's neck in neck.
The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia has two chambers. The House of Representatives has 148 members, elected for a three year term in single-seat constituencies.
The Senate has 76 members, elected through a preferential system in 12-seat state constituencies and two-seat territorial constituencies. The territorial senators are elected for a three year term. The state senators are elected for a six year term, with half of the seats renewed every three years. (oh dear, my head is spinning)
Here's a break down of the parties and their ideology (or philosophy, or whatever the proper word is):
Australian Labor Party (Social-Democratic)
Liberal Party of Australia (Conservative)
Pauline Hanson's One Nation (Xenophobic)
The National Party of Australia (Conservative)
Australian Democrats (Social-Liberal)
Australian Greens (ecologist)
This is probably the best site you'll find for coverage of the Australian election: ABC The Public Record Election Coverage
[ November 10, 2001: Message edited by: meades ]