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CANBERRA: Australian Prime Minister John Howard, labelled a "man of steel" by US President George W Bush, is this week poised to become the most powerful politician in Australia in a quarter of a century.
Thanks to his thumping election victory last October, Howard on July 1 will wrest control of the upper-house Senate from the opposition and minor parties to become the first prime minister since 1981 to control both houses of Australia's Parliament.
That gives Howard an historic opportunity to pass his conservative government's agenda without compromise or amendment, prompting accusations from retiring Senators that Australia's democracy will now be subject to the will of one man... (1)

Did Katherine Harris oversee the election ?
Given the very slender margin, 110 votes, a recount would ordinarily be automatic however the Australian Electoral Commission refused Murfin's request for a recount

Wouldn't you know it ?

Federal Election Mystery???

Despite a huge swing against Labor in almost every other electorate in the country, Murfin failed to win the seat by around 110 votes.
Given the very slender margin, a recount would ordinarily be automatic however the Australian Electoral Commission refused Murfin's request for a recount(

Originally posted to lawnorder on Tue Jun 28, 2005 at 12:26 AM PDT.

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