The Australian federal election came and... well, never really went. Since the nation delivered a decisive verdict of uhhh..., we have a hung parliament and people seem alternately excited and angry about it.
To put it simply: we have 150 seats in the House of Representatives. Whichever party has most of them forms the government. Since no party actually achieved this, we don't have a government. But without a government most Australians cannot exchange oxygen with the surrounding air (or so you would think), so we need the few independents to figure out what side they're on and form a minority government.
One recurring complaint about this situation is that these independent politicians are holding the country to ransom.
But as far as I'm concerned, complaints about Australia being "held to ransom" by a few independents are completely misplaced. If anything is holding this country to ransom, it is the fact that we have two major parties who would rather sit and pout at each other than do anything to govern.