Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.
Still undecided after several weeks of the election campaign? Are you confused on policies? Do you have a pet issue that may influence your vote? I might have just the election issue scorecard to help you decide. I have always been more interested in party policies than voting for the personality of a candidate or leader. Ultimately policies are what really count, although there is evidence that many electors are more influenced by appearance than policies, according to psychologist Dr Lissa Johnson in New Matilda. Election scorecards are produced by a wide range of community, union and social policy organisations. These organisations often have a high level of policy expertise. […]
The High Court has found there is an implied right of political speech in the Australian Constitution, but that doesn’t stop the Liberal Party putting pressure for an inconvenient election billboard to be taken down. Environment Victoria paid for a Billboard opposite and a bit down the road from the Liberal Party campaign headquarters in the marginal seat of Deakin in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The billboard was up for about 72 hours on the busiest intersection in Deakin. Environment Victoria say the local branch of the Liberal Party made a complaint to the owner of the site, who then had the billboard taken down. Our billboard was taken down after […]
An election promise by the Prime Minister to divert $1 billion in Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) funding to improve reef catchment water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been soundly criticised as legally problematic, inefficient and far below the funding scientists say is required to Save the Reef. As they say, the ‘devil is in the detail’. [View the story “#reefelection: Bandaids for an unmitigated reef catastrophe” on Storify]
Some probing questions asked by youth reporters live with Barnaby Joyce Nationals Member for New England, Greens Senator Larissa Waters and Labor’s Amanda Rishworth MP at a debate organised by Crinkling News, a new weekly newspaper for youth in Australia Our youth are the next generation of voters and their concerns need to be listened to and and answered. The questions were entertaining, probing and refreshing and the debate far more edgy than the leaders debate between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten or the National Press Club Environment Debate between Greg Hunt and Mark Butler. Maybe we need to have more kids debates and ensure their voices are heard? The […]