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Australia's big power blackout

Energy riches split the country and poison politics

| Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
Vapour rises above the Loy Yang coal fired power station, east of Melbourne.   © Reuters

It is Australia's paradox of prosperity -- a wealthy country that is rich in natural resources, yet so badly led that its 25 million inhabitants pay some of the world's highest power prices, suffer blackouts and endure endless infighting among their political leaders.

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