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With hindsight, result inevitable

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13.12.2019

My horror at the May federal election result has largely given way now (quite a lot of colour has returned to my cheeks) to an intrigued fascination with the mysterious Australian people. Why did they vote the way they did? Who and what are they, these voters, these enfranchised enigmas?

How Australians voted in 2019 underlines a continuing shift away from 'occupation-based voting' towards 'asset-based voting'. Picture: Getty Images

And so I have been quick to pounce on and to study the just-released Australian National University Australian Election Study (AES). The study examines how more than 2100 Australians voted and why they voted the way they did, what beliefs and biorhythms drove them when they bustled to the booths on May 18.

And just to digress for a moment, I have had ample time to read and examine the AES because, with some corrective eye surgery looming, I am unable to safely drive and am marooned at home where reading, with my one good eye, is almost all I can do.

I will be glad when the operation corrects my eyesight but it will be a mixed blessing because my faulty eyesight has been playing such exciting tricks on me for some months now. For the first time there have been unicorns in my street and pterodactyls in my garden (turning........

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