Australian Election 2013

Power Failure

by Philip Chubb “My name is Kevin, I’m from Queensland and I’m here to help.” Kevin Rudd loved saying it, and although you could almost hear voters groan, they seemed to love it too. Most Australians heard it for the first time in April 2007, at Labor’s national conference. The leader was conveyed to the…

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A new Senate election looms large for WA voters

by Narelle Miragliotta The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) officially declared the result of the full recount of the Western Australian Senate vote yesterday. Scott Ludlam from the Australian Greens and Wayne Dropulich from the Australian Sports Party have been triumphant in the recount, while the ALP’s Louise Pratt and Zhenya Wang from the Palmer United Party (PUP) had…

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On the Hunt for credible information [citation needed]

by Ailie Gallant A valid argument about a scientific issue requires support using robust, objective, peer-reviewed scientific evidence. This notion is drilled into university students from the beginning of their tertiary education. As a lecturer, the first thing I tell my students when they are undertaking research for an assignment is to never, under any…

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Palmer set to be in the new Senate’s driving seat

by Zareh Ghazarian The 2013 Senate election was a triumph for new minor parties as complex preference deals catapulted them from obscurity and into federal parliament. While all these small party senators – in addition to the established parties – will have an impact on government legislation, one group is shaping to be a major player in…

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Australia can learn from the Lampedusa boat tragedy

Last Thursday, a boat carrying hundreds of asylum seekers from north Africa caught fire just offshore of Lampedusa island, Italy. Passengers moved to one side of the boat to escape the flames which caused the boat to capcize, forcing the passengers into the water. The tragedy that unfolded is a confirmed 309 deaths of people mostly from…

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The 2013 Senate contest: Australia lurches to the right

by Nick Economou With the official count of the Senate now completed, the implications of the contest and what it says about the mindset of the Australian body politic may now proceed. The key consequences of the half-Senate election are as follows. First, the collective left-of-centre majority (that is, Labor and the Greens) that had…

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“Erasing refugees”: Hot topic at politics and journalism election forum

Refugees, climate change, and gender were the focus of the recent election and remain a contentious issue in Australian politics and journalism. As an invited member of this panel, BOb’s Professor Sharon Pickering presented her research findings on how refugees were portrayed by the media during the recent election at the Public Forum “Politics and Journalism: what was that…

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