The polls said this would be Australia's climate change election, when voters confronted harsh reality and elected leaders who would tackle the problem.

And in some districts, it was true: Tony Abbott, the former Prime Minister who stymied climate policy for years, lost to an independent who campaigned on the issue. A few other new candidates prioritising climate change also won.

But overall, Australians shrugged off the warming seas killing the Great Barrier Reef and the extreme drought punishing farmers. On Saturday, in a result that stunned most analysts, they re-elected the conservative Coalition that has long resisted plans to

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