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Democracies are under stress around the globe

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Regardless of how jaded and cynical Australians may be about politics in 2019 they can console themselves with the thought this country is travelling better than many other leading democracies.


Parliaments across the world have experienced an almost unprecedented level of stress since the GFC hit just over a decade ago and the gap between the rich and the poor widened dramatically.

That social and economic divide contributed to the rise of the "neo-cons" and the election of Donald Trump in the United States and the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom.

France, meanwhile, is enduring a weekly battle between the haves and the have-nots over increases in the price of fuel and the cost of living imposed by President Emmanuel Macron, a progressive liberal committed to governing........

© Canberra Times