The regions, migration and discomfort with ‘the other’: John Daley on the rise of the minor parties.

Who is ‘the other’ here?

Since the 1970s the Australian electorate has become increasingly disenchanted with the major parties. Lately this has accelerated. At the last federal election, the minor parties (including the Greens) attracted 36% of the vote. But this pattern is not spread evenly across the population; the minor party vote is a lot higher in regional areas. Overseas, this city/country divide was reflected in the Brexit vote, and in Trump’s election in the US.

What’s driving this, and what, if anything, should governments do about it?

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80 per cent curiosity, 20 per cent hope

On the highway, heading into Bega. Royal blue summer sky, black and white cows dotted across unseasonably green hills.

I turn to the Mechanic. ‘I think I might be depressed.’

‘Well, that’s fair enough,’ he says. ‘I’d be depressed if I were you, considering everything. I’m amazed you’re not depressed more often.’

As validating as I find this, it hardly makes me feel better.

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