Technically, it'd be a 4th major party, no? Given that the Liberals and the Nationals are separate parties, despite having been in a Coalition for donkeys years (because neither can get elected on their own merits).Mini wrote:Would be good having a third major in the mix, might make the parties actually have a think about what they are doing.
I'm a big fan of a lot of smaller parties (with their own clearly defined policies/goals), none of whom can govern in their own right, but have to collaborate and compromise to get what they want. The push-me/pull-you aspect of Australian politics has always irritated me - one mob gets in, sets a whole bunch of stuff up, next bunch come in and trash it all. It's a pointless exercise of ideological chest-thumping.