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Has Anthony Albanese's electoral timidity hobbled its right to exercise power?

Jack Waterford
By Jack Waterford
Updated May 13 2022 - 7:03am, first published 2:00am
There are limits on what Anthony Albanese can boast about from this campaign. Picture: AAP

One of the more amazing elections of the past 50 years was in 1974, less than 18 months after the Whitlam government took power - at least in the House of Representatives. It did not have a majority in the Senate and was often frustrated there, in part because of the crossbench numbers of Democratic Labor Party - foes of Labor since the 1956 Split. The DLP was led by Vince Gair, a former Labor Queensland premier, a fairly good one really who had been expelled from Labor with some of his ministers, including Bob Katter's dad, for daring to defy an AWU official.

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.

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