Australia is fortunate to have had the recent Labor minority government to draw lessons from.
Minority governments can successfully prosecute their policy agendas even while being destabilised.
After an election in which voters snubbed both major parties, the campaign postmortems have been coming thick and fast.
Talk has now turned to whether Australia will again have a minority government and a ‘hung parliament’.
There is nothing in the Constitution to deal with the situation in which neither side can form a majority government.
With voters increasingly disillusioned with the two major parties, microparties such as those led by Jacqui Lambie and Nick Xenophon will play a bigger role.
Whatever the outcome of this election, hung parliaments and minority governments will increasingly be a feature of the Australian political landscape.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale (right) and the party’s candidate for the seat of Grayndler, Jim Casey, talk during a visit to the seat.
Resembling a rough game of ice hockey, the 2016 campaign already has seen slips, slides and own goals. Neither side has scored a big breakthrough.
It was a novelty when Conservative leader David Cameron had to enlist Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s support to govern, but Britons may have to get used to minority government.
The UK is poised for another minority government, this time possibly with a hung parliament. Australia's long experience of such arrangements offers lessons in how to manage minority government.
The UK general election could go either way. The one certainty is that the numbers of seats won won’t match the votes for each party.
This week the "mother of parliaments" faces a general election in the UK. The 'first past the post' electoral system means we can't predict the result with certainty, nor expect it to match the vote.
Miliband might have to canvas some more after the election.
Both Labour and the Conservatives could do deals with smaller parties to survive in a minority government. Here's how it works.
David Cameron meets the leaders of the Northern Ireland parliament.
A beginner's guide to the politics of the UK's most overlooked parliamentary parties.
It could all hinge on the man in the middle.
Whichever party finds itself in the ideological middle could hold all the cards in the 2015 election.
Going it alone?
Will no one come to the rescue of Britain’s beleaguered political pundits? Seemingly not. Those revered traditional game-changers of UK elections – the budget, a bruising interview with Jeremy Paxman…
A paper-thin victory may be the best these two can hope for.
With parliament closed, the election campaign is now in full swing and it looks increasingly unlikely that either will win outright. A recent meeting of election forecasters concluded that the UK is heading…
Going up or down?
Alex Salmond might not be the leader of the Scottish National Party anymore, but that hasn’t stopped him from speaking out very loudly about his party’s potential role as kingmaker in the 2015 election…
Labour appears to have more informal support options than the Conservatives.
Tasmanian Labor premier Lara Giddings has recently faced fresh pressure over her leadership and her party’s uneasy minority government alliance with the Greens.
Tasmania’s Labor-Green minority state government is in deep political trouble. Five months out from an anticipated March state election, the government is not waving but drowning. Labor has been in power…
The Australian Coalition arrangement is set apart from coalitions elsewhere by its ongoing nature, even in opposition, and the fact that the parties go into elections with a common election platform.
Much has been made of the ‘unusual’ nature of the minority Labor government over the past three years and there has been a sense that Australia is better off without it; that we need a return to the stability…
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond made a roaring success of minority government.
In Anglo-American democracies at least, having a “minority government” is often regarded as an undesirable state of affairs. Canada may have had considerable experience of the phenomenon, New Zealand learnt…