Waylaid Dialectic

October 1, 2013

Asylum Seekers and Australian Elections

Filed under: Random Musings — terence @ 8:26 am

Quite interesting analysis of Australia’s election results in the Washington Post although, typically it ignores the real issues of political economy.

One thing it does pick up quite well is just how distorted Australia’s politics has been by a relatively trivial issue (at least for those of us already living here in Australia):

While the number of immigrants seeking asylum is steadily increasing, the absolute number is still quite small – 16,000 in 2012 – compared to the total number of annual immigrants – 200,000 in 2012.  Nonetheless, 52 percent of voters reported that this issue was “very important” to their voting decision – a number higher than climate change, national security or interest rates.

Also, a depressing take on American politics by Larry Bartels. I wish Obama would have been more liberal but I don’t underestimate the forces pushing against him.


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