Tag: Democracy

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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Roundup of petitions to Abbott government

Australia’s new Liberal/National Coalition government, led by Tony Abbott, is claiming a mandate for its promises to tear down the Australian climate policy regime. If you don’t support this program of demolition, then tell him about it! Consider signing the following petitions: Tell Australia not to scrap carbon tax. Tony Abbott and the Coalition: Reconsider …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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You can’t “waste your vote”

Source: Chicken Nation

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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