Pampering over the cracks

Oakes, Laurie
August 2005
Bulletin with Newsweek;8/16/2005, Vol. 123 Issue 6483, p18
The article focuses on the political situation of Australia. With a government majority in the Upper House of just one seat, every Coalition senator, in effect, holds the balance of power. The situation requires careful management, and the attention Prime Minister John Howard is suddenly giving his senators is part of that. If the government's Senate majority is to be a boon rather than an embarrassment, more than duchessing skills are likely to be needed from the prime minister.


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