Category: Elections

Oct 11 2013

Australian election reveals anti-politics attitude

Last month’s Australian federal election results (summarized here) displayed a disturbing trend toward widespread disengagement from politics. Both major parties were disappointed: Labor received its lowest vote since the Great Depression, and despite winning the election the Liberal/National Coalition saw its lowest Senate vote since World War 2. Clearly an increasing number of voters are …

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Sep 15 2013

Australian election 2013 wrapup

The dust is settling after the Australian federal election last week, and I guess I must be out of touch because I am struggling to understand what voters were thinking. All election statistics in this post are from the Australian Electoral Commission unless otherwise noted. House of Representatives results In the House of Representatives, Tony …

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Sep 07 2013

Don’t let Abbott take your vote for granted

Australia votes in a federal election today, and according to opinion polls the Liberal/National Coalition, led by Tony Abbott, appears poised to sail into government on a wave of discontent with the incumbent Labor government. All but one of Australia’s newspapers have endorsed the Coalition. If you’re thinking of voting for the Coalition, beware of …

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Sep 06 2013

Let’s make this Australia’s climate election

Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late.’ – Martin Luther King Jr. As Australia, the world’s largest coal exporter, goes to the polls, the window of opportunity for humanity to act on climate change is closing fast. Anthropogenic global warming is the largest and most …

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Sep 05 2013

Abbott’s last-minute policies reveal true colors

Throughout the Australian election campaign the Liberal/National Coalition and their leader Tony Abbott have blatantly evaded any scrutiny, either on their budgetary plans or, more importantly, the details of their climate policy. Abbott has been saying for two years “we’ll announce our full fiscal position in good time before the election”. Today, having waited until …

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Sep 04 2013

A closer look at Tony Abbott’s climate policy

Three days to the Australian election, and both major political parties are still planning 20 years of climate inaction. I’ve written at length about the climate policy of the incumbent Labor Government led by Kevin Rudd, who wants to move from Australia’s existing fixed carbon price to a 20-year emissions trading scheme (ETS) with a …

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Sep 02 2013

Will Abbott hand power to multinationals?

Last month I argued there was little difference between Australia’s two major political parties at this election, but I’ve recently discovered there is actually a big difference. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and it could take away Australia’s power to regulate transnational corporations, yet few citizens have even heard of it. The TPP is …

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Aug 31 2013

Voting below-the-line made easy

On Sunday I posted a guide to the 50 or so minor parties running in the Australian federal election, and on Thursday I posted an explanation of how Australia’s preferential voting system allows you to vote for a minor party without “wasting your vote”. Although that’s easy enough in the House of Representatives (the small …

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Aug 30 2013

Memories of John Howard are rose-coloured

“Do you really want three more years like the last six?” Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott constantly repeats. Although my answer is no, I have even less desire for three more years like the twelve which preceded the last six. Abbott likes to hark back to the last time his Liberal/National Coalition were in government, …

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Aug 29 2013

You can’t “waste your vote”

Source: Chicken Nation