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Australia Is About To Swing Left

The country is poised to vote in a Labor government just as it clinches the record for the longest stretch of economic growth

Just more than a week after Australia seized the crown for the developed world’s longest period of uninterrupted economic growth, tens of thousands of protesters poured onto the streets to rage against their deteriorating living standards. “Workers and their families are angry,” said trade union boss Michele O’Neil as up to 170,000 people clogged some of Melbourne’s busiest streets on April 10. Chants and banners demanded wage growth, and O’Neil was clear on who was to blame: “We are going to fight to get rid of this rotten government,” she said to applause.

That boast is far

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