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Upload your election leaflets!

The other day I wrote a post asking people to describe election leaflets they’re receiving. These are important indicators of what’s going on, because they distil the messages the campaigns want to send to voters, and they’re often tweaked to

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Posted in federal election 2010

How important are campaigns?

Political scientist and Macquarie University Professorial Fellow Murray Goot has a very interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald today: In the past 10 elections, the gap in the level of electoral support for Labor and the Coalition reported by

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Posted in elections, federal election 2010

Tony Abbott on Hey Hey It’s Saturday

You can watch the Opposition Leader here. I’m voting for Kylie Minogue.

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Posted in federal election 2010, television

Little Australia and the population ‘debate’

Bernard Keane has a good piece in this morning’s Crikey election special edition, reflecting on yesterday’s installment of the so-called population debate. Let’s remember that Julia Gillard linked the asylum seeker issue to infrastructure and sustainability issues in the first

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Posted in federal election 2010, Howardia, immigration

The view from Channel Nine II

For an explanation of why I’m writing these posts, see last night’s entry. So, from the vantage point of commercial news, tonight was all about the kids. (And, again, the election was bumped into second spot, this time by a

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Posted in federal election 2010, media

Quick link: Campaign news and the contest for KRudd’s seat

The Poll Bludger has posted a useful wrap of some recent developments which is worth a read. Among the links cited, there’s one to the selection of Rebecca Docherty as the LNP candidate for Kevin Rudd’s seat of Griffith: The

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The Coalition’s health agenda: protect doctors’ incomes

What’s at stake in health in this year’s election is summed up neatly in an article in the Brisbane Times this morning on the performance of one of the government’s GP super clinics, operating in Strathpine on Brisbane’s northern outskirts.

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Posted in federal election 2010, health

Federal election 2010: Queensland on the ground

Last week, I put up a post at our main site (temporarily not viewable because of site maintenance), seeking readers’ contributions about what’s actually happening on the ground in Queensland. Peter Brent provides a good summary of why this state

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Posted in federal election 2010

The view from Channel Nine

As I said on a previous post, the best way to get a handle on how most voters are perceiving the campaign is to watch the first ten minutes of a commercial tv news bulletin. By way of illustration, Channel

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Posted in elections, federal election 2010

Quick link: Possum on the aggregate poll trend

If you’re still wondering what all the plethora of polls released in the last few days mean, you need to read Possum’s latest update on his Pollytrend: What we’ve seen over the last 20 days is the ALP vote continuing

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Open election leaflet and propaganda thread

I noted in my last post that television (particularly commercial tv) is the single most influential source of information for voters during election campaigns. Direct communication by political parties is also important, tending to trump the febrile discourse of the

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Is Eric Abetz or Mark Latham the spectre of WorkChoices?

To get a good handle on how the election is playing, your best best is to watch the first ten minutes or so of any commercial news channel (though Nine and Seven have a bigger footprint than Ten). Tony Abbott

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Election day three: polls galore

In Crikey today, Richard Farmer asked us to imagine how we would score this election if polls didn’t exist. It’s an interesting thought experiment, though it’s also salient to mention that a lot of what’s set up the terms and

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Why are voters shifting from Labor to The Greens?

John Quiggin has endorsed The Greens. Read why at his blog. I haven’t finally made up my mind, but I think I’m probably going to switch my vote from Labor to The Greens this time too, for similar reasons. The

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Culture Wars… now and forever!

Okay, let’s concede a point to Planet Janet, Bolta and the rest of the defeated culture warriors – we still need your voices in our national conversation! John Quiggin suggests: With no share of political power anywhere in the country,

Posted in levity, media, politics
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