Hung Parliment for Australia
August 21, 2010 4:07pm CST
Australia has voted and today we have a hung parliament. No party has a clear majority and both major parties will have to try and form government with support of independents. The result will not be known for days yet. Do you think a hung parliament is a good thing or not.
21 Aug 10
Chances are it'll work out OK. We've had a coalition government in Britain since May - the two parties in the coalition have a long history of slagging each other off, but when it came to the crunch they were able to work out a deal. With the current economic situation, having a stable government that'll at least try to bring spending under control is probably the most important thing. If you think about it, political parties themselves are coalitions of different factions, so there's always some compromise involved in the political process.
21 Aug 10
Hello, Nickfyoung! First I would like to wish a good future to all the Australians. In my country and in Europe in general we are used to parliaments with more than one party. Even in Britain they have a coalition government now. The power isn't stable, when the parliament is like a patchwork. But I think that when two political forces share the responsibility it's good for the country. What do you think?
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Sep 10
Well, we finally have a decision. Labour and Julia Gillard will continue on for another term. This drama has been going on for too long, but I guess it just goes to show that the people have no real preference when it comes to the two major parties. There has been a big shift towards the independents and The Greens in this election. It has been a history making election process that's for sure. This election will be remembered for many years to come!