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Business and retailers breathe a sigh of relief

It was the Steven Bradbury federal election where the favourite defeated himself. The 2019 election was Labor’s to lose after more than three years of turmoil and struggle in the Coalition ranks, but Opposition Leader Bill Shorten overcooked his magic pudding of big spending projects, tax reforms and political sweeteners. For business, the sigh of relief is palpable as voters opted for stability over the most expansive agenda proposed by an opposition party since Gough Whitlam in 1972. The ele