In the lead-up to the 2016 election, former prime minister Kevin Rudd and former prime ministers Paul Keating and John Howard faced the dilemma of what to do about the post government.
Rudd, who had spent years campaigning for the Labor party in NSW and WA, had campaigned on a promise to return Australia to its former “blue” economic model.
This meant that his economic policies would be supported by the Australian people.
He had made his promise, and it was the mandate of the Australian Labor party to deliver it.
But that did not mean that he could deliver on it, and the government did not have the mandate to do so.
The election campaign was marked by an increasing number of “soft” Coalition policies, like a Medicare cut and a promise not to cut the GST.
Rudd had been a key figure in the “blue economy”, the policy of low taxes and higher spending that the Coalition was trying to sell.
And he was also a key player in the post Labor government’s policy of an “Australia First” foreign policy that had made Australia a major trading partner with China and other Asian countries.
These policies, combined with Rudd’s strong personal reputation, made him a natural candidate to become prime minister.
But in the run-up, the ALP faced a challenge from the Greens.
They had a new member in the seat of Malone, in the north-west of NSW.
In 2016, the Greens were the most popular political party in the state, but the Liberals had dominated for decades, and were the major party in both the state and federal parliament.
With the state’s two major parties all in the lead, the next federal election was almost certain to be a tough one for the Coalition.
The Greens, however, were in no hurry to give up on the state.
In 2017, they won seats in the NSW Senate, in South Australia and the NT.
This was the first time they had ever done so, and they were also the first party to win a state election in the past 10 years.
But they were not the only party to be challenged.
A number of new parties also entered the race.
One of them was the “Blue Labor” (BL), which had been founded in the 1990s by the Labor Party’s then president, Paul Keatley.
Its platform included a commitment to the abolition of the death penalty and the scrapping of the carbon tax.
A member of the BL was also the president of the ALP in the previous federal election, when the Coalition lost the state election to Labor.
The Bl would become a major party for the first half of the 20th century.
But the Bl would lose its majority and would go into government under Malcolm Turnbull.
In 2019, the BL won a number of seats, including seats in NSW’s Upper House, which is the lower house of parliament.
In 2020, it also won the seat in the NT, and in 2021, it won the Queensland seat of Dawson.
The Blue Labor party was also in government in Tasmania, which it controlled in the Northern Territory, and which had also been in coalition for a number in the first part of the decade.
These parties all supported a “fair go” model for the nation, and a number had sought to merge with the Liberals, who were also in the minority in the Upper House.
The Liberal-dominated Upper House was a key reason why Labor was able to win the federal election in 2021.
The Liberals were the biggest party in Parliament, and their government was unpopular.
But it was also, and always will be, the governing party in most states, and these states were home to many people who supported the Liberal party, or who were disillusioned with it.
For this reason, the Liberals won the federal government in 2021 by a huge margin, with 56.5 per cent of the vote.
This led to the Liberals becoming the first government in Australian history to govern for eight years.
In the post election period, Labor’s support in the Lower House increased again, as it took seats in all but three states.
In 2018, the Liberal-led Coalition government was re-elected by a much wider margin than Labor.
In some cases, this meant that the Liberals would win seats that Labor had not previously held.
The state election of 2018, for example, saw the Liberal Party win four seats in South Australian and two in the Western Australian seat of Mount Isa.
These seats, and many others, were won by the Liberals because they had previously won a majority of seats in Queensland.
They were, in effect, a “blue government”.
This meant, under the Liberals’ terms, that they would be able to govern in Queensland for a further two years.
And because they were in government for a longer period, they also won seats that they had not held before.
The post-election period also saw the Liberals win seats in Tasmania.
In this year’s federal election the Liberals also took two seats in Victoria, in Hobart and in