The Australian political roller coaster in 2016 threatened to ruin the reputation of the Sec- ond Republic. The prospect of a presidential victory by the right- wing Freedom Party’s (FPÖ) candi- date, Norbert Hofer, seemed to confirm the worst opinions about a society leaning towards populism and xeno- phobia. There were procedural mis- takes which led first to the repetition of the vote and then to its further postponement. 

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