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We could have a hung parliament this election

And the crossbench could choose to give Morrison the boot ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

As we edge closer to the May federal election, there are many possible scenarios being canvassed. One of those is a hung parliament and a minority government, especially given there is already a crossbench of seven and that may increase under the sway of several high-profile independents in key seats.

So what would happen in this event? As Frank Bongiorno and David Lee write, it would of course lead to frantic negotiations with the crossbench, which could result in a minority Labor or Coalition government.

But there is another possible scenario: a minority Coalition government, but with a new prime minister. Sound far-fetched? Well, it has a precedent. The 1922 election resulted in a hung parliament – after which the Country Party decided it would support his Nationalists to retain government, as long as Billy Hughes was no longer prime minister. So that is exactly what happened, making Stanley Melbourne Bruce the country’s new leader.

A century later, with the prospect of a substantial pool of independents after the election, it is just possible it could happen again.

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Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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What if the 2022 federal election gives us a hung parliament, but those with the balance of power want Morrison gone?

Frank Bongiorno, Australian National University; David Lee, UNSW Sydney

In 1922-23, Billy Hughes’ Nationalist Party brokered a deal with the Country Party to form government – but only on condition Hughes was no longer prime minister. It’s possible this could play out again.

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Morrison wins battle to head off rank-and-file preselections, as government readies to deliver vote-bait budget

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Scott Morrison finally got his way at the weekend when the Liberal federal executive agreed to candidates for several key NSW seats being picked by a three-person committee rather than the rank and file having their say

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What we know about the NDIS cuts, and what they’ll mean for people with disability and their families

Helen Dickinson, UNSW Sydney; Anne Kavanagh, The University of Melbourne

Reports of cuts to NDIS packages have been confirmed with an average drop of 4% across participants.

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5 must-read books about Russia and Ukraine: our expert picks

Mark Edele, The University of Melbourne; Judith Armstrong, The University of Melbourne; Julie Fedor, The University of Melbourne; Marko Pavlyshyn, Monash University; Stephen Fortescue, UNSW Sydney

Straight from our experts, here are five books to help you understand what’s happening right now in Ukraine and Russia, from a must-read history of Ukraine to a literary classic with insights into the Russian soul.

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No, sunscreen chemicals are not bleaching the Great Barrier Reef

Nial Wheate, University of Sydney

Laboratory studies suggest sunscreen chemicals are dangerous to coral reefs. But in real world conditions, that’s not true. Bleaching must have another cause.

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There is, in fact, a ‘wrong’ way to use Google. Here are 5 tips to set you on the right path

Muneera Bano, Deakin University

There are around 201 known factors on which a website is analysed and ranked by Google’s algorithms.

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New Zealand’s health restructure is doomed to fall short unless its funding model is tackled first

Robin Gauld, University of Otago

The New Zealand government is set to introduce sweeping reforms to the country’s health system. But without changes in how the system is funded, will the reforms achieve their goals?

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