Tag: Democracy

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 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 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

Aug 27 2013

A media monopoly is not freedom

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, who owns 63% of Australian newspapers, has been a subject of much discussion during the ongoing Australian election campaign, particularly on last night’s Media Watch and Q&A. Media Watch and others have done a good job of documenting the Murdoch media’s extreme bias against the Labor government and the Greens, a …

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Aug 26 2013

Can a new political party save the planet?

In the course of researching my guide to Australian minor political parties, I discovered the new not-yet-registered party “Save the Planet”. It is a single issue party advocating an emergency response to climate change, comparable to the remobilization of the economy during World War 2. This is because the party recognizes atmospheric greenhouse gas levels …

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Aug 25 2013

Guide to Australian minor political parties

Australian politics has recently seen a proliferation of new minor parties, perhaps because the hung parliament has shown people how minor parties can play an influential role. I’ve been researching each of the options, in particular their attitude to climate change. Here’s what I found out! The following is a full list of Australian minor …

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