OPINION: A boring campaign that got interesting results
THE Turnbull experiment has failed.
A long and boring election campaign has produced very interesting results - and quite likely another three years of nothing getting done.
Big swings against the Liberals have left the Coalition desperately hoping to secure a 76-seat majority in the Lower House.
Those hopes are tenuous at best, despite the Prime Minister's assurance "we can have every confidence that we will form a Coalition majority government".
Even if they do, all those protest votes, a shift to independents and what is shaping up to be a patchwork-quilt Senate mean whichever political gymnast ends up leading the government will be bending over backwards to get any meaningful legislation through the Upper House.
Turnbull warned us. But like the treacherous mob of delinquent compulsory voters we are, we did not listen. Nick Xenophon may be more influential than the prime minister, and One Nation's Pauline Hanson is laughing in the face of her detractors.
The Liberals came in cocksure, but left licking their wounds after a blue-blooded bloodletting that has them wondering if they would have been better off under Tony Abbott.
He looked fairly exultant in interviews yesterday.
Sharpen those daggers. Australia's bloody brand of Groundhog Day politics is back.
Strange Politics is a satirical column by Chris Calcino. Follow him on Twitter here.