The last time Australia had a hung parliament was more than 60 years ago. In 1939, Robert Menzies, an ambitious Victorian lawyer, became Prime Minister, replacing the more popular Joe Lyons, who came from the outer state of Tasmania. The following year, Menzies scraped home in an election that failed to deliver him a clear majority. His government hung on precariously with the support of a couple of independents until the following year, but his backbench became increasingly restless, and began to look around for other possible leaders. Sound familiar?
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