The left lost another major election it thought it was sure to win. This time it was the election of Scott Morrison as Australia’s prime minister. Coal mining and exports played a significant role in the outcome. Believing that Australians wanted the government to fight climate change, the mainstream media got it wrong again, similar to other recent national referendums, such as Brexit and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The center-right Liberal-National Coalition government, which has had three leaders in six years, increased its hold on the Australian parliament while the Labor party lost seats in coal-rich Queensland and New South Wales.
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