May 16, 2019 – Table of contents
Jeremy Miller is running to win Lyne
In the latest episode of the No Fibs podcast Margo Kingston meets Jeremy Miller in person to catch up on how his campaign as an Independent candidate for Lyne has progressed.” Jeremy Miller is running to win Lyne.
A student and first time voter in Higgins
Lesley Howard reports, “Imi is 18 and a first-time federal election voter. She is currently completing Year 12 and is studying Australian Politics for VCE. She will be voting in the inner metropolitan seat of Higgins, in Melbourne.” A student and first time voter in Higgins.
Twisted Sister, Clive Palmer copyright infringement case
One of Clive Palmer’s advertisements that has bombarded Australians from the start of this year was a rework of the Twisted Sister song, “We’re not gonna take it”, the band has claimed.
Michaela Whitbourn reported today that, “Clive Palmer has refused to admit he exerts “palpable control” over the political party he founded, as he defends a copyright infringement case brought against him by US metal band Twisted Sister over its hit We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Clive Palmer insists he’s in the clear in copyright spat with Twisted Sister.
Standing with a nervous nation that still believes
Margo Kingston comments, “We await the people’s verdict on May 18, but I’m panicking.” Standing with a nervous nation that still believes.
Follow up to yesterday’s negative gearing discussion
Yesterday, there was a disagreement over the impact of Labor’s negative gearing policy on the property market. It had been implied that journalist, Samantha Maiden, had “taken out of context” a response from SQM Research on a negative gearing report. You can skip back to that here, Scott Morrison campaigns in Corangamite on housing.
Today, Ms Maiden was at the National Press Club (NPC) to ask Prime Minister Scott Morrison if he had made any changes to negative gearing himself when he was treasurer and if he costed those.
It comes as home loaner Yellow Brick Road founder and Celebrity Apprentice Australia host, Mark Bouris, used robocall to campaign against Labor’s changes to negative gearing. However, he appears to have breached regulations by not authorising them.
Christopher Knaus reported, “Prominent businessman Mark Bouris has breached electoral laws by robo-calling voters to warn them against voting for Labor, the electoral watchdog said on Thursday.” Mark Bouris robocalls on Labor’s negative gearing policy break election laws.
Mr Bouris defended his robocalls today. James Hall reported, “I don’t need authorisation because I’m not acting for Yellow Brick Road, I’m doing it on my own behalf,” the businessman says.” Mark Bouris defends robocall after electoral watchdog says he breached voting law.
Campbell Newman sized cuts to hit federal public service
After Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered his final pitch at the National Press Club (NPC), Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann emerged to announce election costings. Revealed were $1.5b worth of cuts to public services to meet election promises. Their announcement also corresponded to the election advertising blackout period.
Paul Karp reported, “The Coalition has announced a further $1.5bn in cuts to the public service to pay for the $1.4bn in election promises made since the budget.” Coalition plans fresh $1.5bn public service cuts to fund election promises.
Senator Bridget McKenzie sees climate action hoax
Wayne Jansson reported, “At pre-poll in Wangaratta on Saturday, Senator Bridget McKenzie refused to provide the cost to our economy of not taking swift and decisive action against climate change.” Nat senator sees ‘great hoax’ in climate action.
Scott Morrison gives final pitch at NPC
Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Sydney markets before heading to Canberra for his final National Press Club address.
PM Morrison empowered voters with an important choice on Saturday.
Bill Shorten rallies with a “vote for change” speech
Mr Shorten rallied with a “vote for change” speech in Blacktown where Gough Whitlam gave his “it’s time for change” speech ahead of the 1972 election.
Australia’s combative political history over climate change policy
Data suggests that action on the environment has reached its highest ever level as an election issue, with 68 per cent of respondents to ABC Vote Compass agreeing with the government putting a price on carbon, up from 46pc in 2013.
Ashleigh Raper reported, “Australia has a long and complicated history climate change policy. It’s highly partisan and politically fraught. That’s especially true when it comes to a carbon tax.”
While the Coalition continues to fully support new coal mines, the Greens want a ban on new thermal ones and Labor is happy to sit in the middle lane. The latter two parties have developed a ‘Just Transition’ policy which aims to help workers and communities migrate to the renewable energy industry.
Paul Karp reported, “The Greens would demand $1bn to help workers and communities transition away from coal mining, export and power production, making a shift to renewable energy jobs central to climate negotiations with Labor.” Greens would demand $1bn fund from Labor for ‘just transition’ of coal workers.
Meanwhile in the South Pacific, some leaders of nations at threat of rising sea levels want the Coalition out of government so that proper climate change policies from Australia can be implemented.
Coalition agreement breached
Senator Jim Molan is campaigning for senate re-election with a below-the-line how-to-vote (HTV) card which is against the official Liberal Party HTV. Barnaby Joyce claims this breaches the Coalition agreement between the Nationals and the Liberal Party. Mr Joyce said it was not a personal attack on Mr Molan but the National Party needed to stand up for its end of the agreement. He warned the rebels, “Your result will be ashes in your mouth.”
Malcolm Farr, “Liberals are bitterly divided over a rebel conservatives’ bid to claim a Senate spot in NSW and today the Nationals joined the unrest by warning the Coalition vote was being fractured.” Barnaby Joyce weighs into Liberal Party Senate stoush.