Elections

Election 2019: This is where it all went wrong for Labor and Bill Shorten

In the end, it was probably a blessing that Bob Hawke wasn’t alive to see it. Samantha Maiden The New Daily Scott Morrison has emerged as a modern-day Liberal Party hero, defying the predictions of the polls, his critics, his predecessors and even Liberal frontbenchers who voted with their feet to… The Labor Party was trounced on Saturday night, and it is a result that will ensure the ALP doesn’t pick a fight with retirees on tax reform again any ... Read More »

Be principled, but not so much that you scare voters

“The art of democratic statesmanship,” said the politician, “is of presenting your principles, presenting your convictions, in ways which sufficiently impress the public such that you are seen as a man or woman of principle, but which don’t so worry the public that they think you would be a risk if you found yourself in a… Jacqueline Maley The Canberra Times SMH/The Age The sentiment was pure pragmatism. The politician expressing it was Tony Abbott, talking in 2008 to a ... Read More »

India’s acrimonious election comes to an end

Voting in one of India‘s most acrimonious elections in decades entered its final day on May 19 as Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrambled to hang on to his overall majority. VARANSI, India – Agence France Presse Hurriyet Polls close at 6:00 pm (1230 GMT) in the seventh and final round of voting, ending the world’s biggest election with 900 million eligible voters from Goa’s beaches to Mumbai’s slums and… Long queues formed outside polling stations in eight northern states electing the final ... Read More »

HEMP’s grassroots campaign hot on heels of Palmer’s $60 million ad barrage

Clive Palmer and his staggering $60 million spend on United Australia Party’s election campaignhas only managed to secure 20,000 more Senate votes nationally than a minor party forced to “scratch around” just to… Hamish Hastie WAtoday As of Sunday afternoon the Help End Marijuana Prohibition party had secured 141,500 first preference Senate votes or 1.9 per cent of the national vote, just behind UAP’s 161,000. It’s the party’s best result since being registered in 2010 and is a huge jump in ... Read More »

Austrian government collapses over Russia scandal

Kurz calls for snap election after video shows far-right leaders offering contracts for cash. Matthew Karnitschnig Politico Turns out Russian collusion isn’t a “witch hunt hoax” after all. At least not in Austria. The country’s government collapsed on Saturday after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said he was pulling the plug on his ruling coalition after just 17 months in office. The move came barely 24 hours after the release of a bombshell video showing Heinz-Christian Strache, the far-right leader of his junior coalition partner, ... Read More »

How Australia ended up taking in Rwandans accused of killing tourists

Australia’s government faces questions over secret deal with US in which the men were granted humanitarian visas Helen Davison The Guardian Just hours out from a federal election, the Australian government is facing questions over its decision to grant humanitarian visas to two Rwandan men accused of the brutal 1999 murder of tourists in Uganda. The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has said that the men were subject to – and cleared – security checks, and on Friday distanced himself ... Read More »

EU Elections: Populists Hope to Do Well in Suburbs

London – The winners and losers in European Parliament elections next week are likely to be determined in the suburbs of the continent’s cities, which are turning into three-way electoral battlegrounds. Jamie Dettmer VoA The elections are being seen as a moment of truth for an array of anti-migrant nationalist populist parties, which hope to reverse European integration. Establishment Conservatives are hoping they can shore up their support in the suburbs in the face of strong challenges from left-wing progressives ... Read More »

Russia will target the European elections – this radical idea could turn a threat into opportunity

Over the past three years, Russia has been repeatedly accused of infiltrating democratic elections in the West. Nicholas Ross Smith The Conversation It is suspected of supporting anti-establishment movements on both the left and right through a mixture of financial support, intelligence sharing, and, perhaps, even through the use of cyber weapons. Russia has undergone a staggering transformation in this time. It was once something of an afterthought in international affairs with seemingly no credible public diplomacy capabilities. Now, it ... Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn warned ‘learn IndyRef lessons or face Labour wipeout in EU elections’

Ian Murray MSP says the party leader risks being ‘washed away’ in a repeat of the party’s 2015 election disaster in Scotland. Torcuil Crichton Daily Record Jeremy Corbyn was warned last night to learn the lessons of the Scottish independence referendum or face being “washed away” in next week’s European elections. During a furious encounter, Corbyn was told by Ian Murray that he risked a repeat of the party’s 2015 election wipeout in Scotland, which left the Edinburgh South MP as Labour’s only Westminster representative ... Read More »

Greens within striking distance in Josh Frydenberg’s seat of Kooyong, poll finds

Exclusive: treasurer is just in front of Greens’ star candidate Julian Burnside 52% to 48% on a two-party preferred basis Katharine Murphy The Guardian A new poll in the Victorian seat of Kooyong puts the Liberals ahead, but the Greens within striking distance of taking the blue-ribbon seat from the treasurer and deputy Liberal leader… A poll of 1,741 respondents taken for the Greens by Environmental Research+Counsel this month has Frydenberg on a primary vote of 41%, the Greens candidate, ... Read More »

Mounting evidence the tide is turning on News Corp, and its owner

There is mounting evidence that Australia is sick of Rupert Murdoch and the political propaganda machine he runs in the guise of a news organisation. Denis Muller The Conversation In January, Bill Shorten rebuffed an open-ended offer to meet Murdoch whenever the opposition leader was in the United States. According to the ABC’s 7.30 political editor, Laura Tingle, Shorten replied that any dealings he had with News Corp would be conducted with the company’s representatives in Australia. This was a ... Read More »

Sunday Mail backs Scottish Green Party in European elections

The Sunday Mail today takes the historic step of backing the Scottish Green Party in the European elections. Daily Record The Euro poll in 11 days has been turned into a proxy referendum on Brexit – the issue which has crippled our politics for almost three years and counting. Meanwhile, we are faced with a genuine emergency which is, in relative terms, being ignored. Climate change is the biggest issue confronting our country and our planet. According to the Royal Society of ... Read More »

‘We’ve delivered in spades’: Richard Di Natale on the Greens’ role in driving change

Party will try to get a future Labor government to use other means to act on climate change in the event of a hostile Senate Calla Wahlquist The Guardian The Greens would support a future Labor government to use regulation to enforce climate policy in the event of a hostile Senate, Greens leader Richard Di Natale says. The Victorian senator says he is confident the Greens will be able to work with Labor leader Bill Shorten, despite Shorten not responding to a ... Read More »

Government stability, affordable housing and climate change: The election issues young voters are talking about

Government instability, distrust of politicians, and inaction over climate change. Freya Noble 9news These are the core issues plaguing many young voters as they prepare to cast their ballot in just under two weeks’ time. Nine.com.au spoke to two people voting in a federal election for the first time, who say they don’t believe the major parties are doing enough to engage and interact with them. Both are yet to decide who they will vote for. Ruby, a 20-year-old law ... Read More »

A Critical Six Months for South Sudan

South Sudan’s rival parties have temporarily salvaged prospects for peace, agreeing a six-month deadline extension to allow for the formation of a unity government. ICG But the country’s external partners must sustain pressure on both sides to preserve a ceasefire and maintain consensus on a path forward. On 3 May at a summit in Addis Ababa, South Sudan’s rival parties agreed to a six-month extension of the deadline to form a unity government. A consensual delay had become the best ... Read More »

Federal election 2019: Could these 15 ideas restore faith in politics?

Should Australia have fixed parliamentary terms? Or real-time disclosure of political donations? How about a “citizen jury” that can decide on issues of national importance? ABC News Breakfast By Patrick Wood These are just three of 15 ideas outlined in a new report aimed at improving our democracy, which has been pitched to our federal politicians this election. “Australia’s democracy … is frayed and public confidence in our system of governance is in worrying decline,” the Reforming Our Democracy report ... Read More »