Australia has a habit of divining global political shifts. So, what’s coming?

What is in the Australian, and possibly the world’s, political tea leaves?

Australia has developed a habit over the years of offering a glimpse into the political future for other Western nations. Bob Hawke and Paul Keating served up a governing blueprint for Tony Blair’s New Labour. John Howard’s focus at the start of the century on border security foreshadowed how the politics of fear and the “othering” of immigrants would become a dominant theme of the populist right, as evidenced by the Brexit referendum and the victory of Donald Trump.

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