The two big questions I have about the election are: why would you be a National Party MP anymore?
And, isn’t the Coalition, um, a coalition? I thought it was pretty common for Australia to be run by an alliance of parties who couldn’t form government in their own right.
So I decided to find out by trawling Wikipedia. The last time the Libs had a majority of lower house seats was 1996: but only just. 75 out of 148 seats. And that was after Paul Keating’s disastrous Captain Whacky washout.
You might object that the Coalition is a coalition in name only, and that it is de facto a single party with a perfectly coherent platform of “agrarian socialist free-market family-values boats boats boats no great big new taxes defend regional Australia no NBN.”
To which I would respond by repeating my first question.