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To be, or not to be.

Founder and first leader of the Australian Democrats, Don Chipp, ponders the forthcoming election in which he and Colin Mason won two Senate seats when the Liberal Party lead by encumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was re-elected on December 10th, 1977. The Australian Democrats held the balance of power at the 1980 federal election in which they won five Senate seats.