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  • Written by Misha Ketchell, Editor, The Conversation

It’s been just over a week since the federal election and we have been busy doing what we do best: making sense of complexity through expert analysis. (For a good example check out Christine Wallace’s terrific article on the lessons of the 2019 election.)

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