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So we have a hung parliament, now what?

August 28, 2010
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So what about this whole hung parliament thing. Good? Bad? A much needed shakeup of our democracy? A tedious and drawn out finale to what was already a tiresome campaign? Is it right that the shape and makeup of the next government should fall into the hands of so few men? These questions and more circulate the airwaves, […]

Posted in: Comment, Dylan Bird

The Hanging of An Old System

August 25, 2010
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I see a hung parliament as a brilliant outcome for Australian politics. After a dire campaign, filled with a sense of despair, politics as a PR exercise and leaderless leaders, we ended up at a nothing point, rejecting both major parties. Hopefully this will not turn into a mass exodus, but the beginnings of a […]

Posted in: Alina Jeeves, Opinion

Collapse of society in election video form

August 25, 2010
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On Saturday night we rejected both parties, apparently agreeing with the Chaser’s view of the situation: The part that interests me the most is the line “the future’s fucked, the world is fucked, all of us are fucked.” The view of the coming apocalypse, the sense of disillusionment, apathy and of giving up  – the […]

Posted in: Alina Jeeves, Comment

Blogger v. journalist: my election night escapades

August 25, 2010
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My election day was a long one that started with some unsuccessful vox popping before I moved on to slightly more effective pollie chasing. My Saturday began in hometown Wollongong at my local polling booth and before I knew it I was in the car and rolling on down to Canberra. Attempting to edit an […]

Posted in: Zach Kitschke

The top ten things I have learnt from this election

August 24, 2010
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I know this election has been all about moving forward but given the current political stalemate, it might be worthwhile to take a look backwards. Here are the top 10 things I learnt this election. 10) That Maxine McKew is the political worlds equivalent of a one slam wonder in tennis. 9) That it is […]

Posted in: Fatima Malik, Opinion

Polar Opposites and Hung Government

August 22, 2010
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The mood was grim at Tony Abbott’s event in Sydney last night. Food and booze but little of the celebratory mayhem I’d been anticipating well, dreading (might as well be honest!) The room was filled with low chatter, urgent phone conversations to various ‘informants’ and eyes glued to a screen rolling out the tally. We […]

Posted in: Reports, Sophie Trevitt

The faithful face the unforeseen

August 22, 2010
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The crowd at ALP headquarters in Melbourne last night started out subdued and slowly turned tense. As the evening wore on and the hung parliament result became clearer, the mood settled into a kind of numb quiet, a limbo between the despondency of defeat and the rush of victory. Most of the crowd had a […]

Posted in: Fraser Allison, Reports

Over and out, it’s ‘too close to call’

August 22, 2010
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The Tally Room tonight was a hive of activity tonight. Pollies here, journos there. Eyes were glued to screens as people tweeted and followed the action online. Ironically it was easier to keep up to date by staying online than wandering the Tally Room tonight.

It’s all happening at Greens HQ in Melbourne

August 21, 2010
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The feeling is electric at the Greens election night headquarters in Melbourne, with crowds erupting into applause at any further sign that the party has finally landed on Australia’s political mainstream. I’m writing fresh from watching Richard Di Natale’s media conference with channel Nine, his comments on the Greens’ strong showing almost as impassioned as […]

Quietly making history

August 21, 2010
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Kensington Primary School, 2pm. Adults wander in through the front gate. Many Adam Bandts and Julia Gillards gaze down upon them benevolently from green and blue posters. Tucked away in a corner is a lone glamour shot of Tony Abbott, his eyes smouldering like an ageing pop star. A loose circle of colour-coded volunteers loiters outside the school. “Liberal?” […]

First time vote in Wentworth

August 21, 2010
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No cake or caramel slice. No free sausage sizzle. Not even a brawl between the volunteers, competing with voters to take their pamphlets. While my first election vote was free of all the fripperies that I’m sure we were promised at some stage, lining up with other Wentworth voters was still exciting. At 9am, voters […]

Wyatt Roy to become youngest MP

August 21, 2010
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Wyatt Roy is set to become the youngest ever Australian to be elected to parliament.

Greens take Melbourne!

August 21, 2010
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Greens candidate for Melbourne has just made a stirring speech in which he declared victory in the high profile seat of Melbourne. In the speech Bandt paid homage to his opponent, Labor’s Cath Bowtell, as well as her predecessor Lindsay Tanner, whose dedication to public life he said respected deeply. Affirming that Greens values are […]

Elections: bring out the worst in us?

August 21, 2010
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Walking down the streets of Newtown, Marrickville and through the city on my way to Tony Abbott’s event this evening, I’m surprised by how visible people are being with their anger, frustration and intolerance. It seems like our politicians have set a poor example. In the space of less than an hour, I have seen […]

Abbott’s sizzling election day campaign… Spillard, the Elephant and Sausages.

August 21, 2010
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Abbott and his family toured all the marginal seats in Sydney this morning, with a grand 7am entrance at Queenscliff… complete in an apron, manning the tongs at a free sausage sizzle. There’s no denying the fear that’s coursing both the Liberals and the Labour party as we count down the hours to determining which […]

Who wants you to make an informed vote?

August 21, 2010
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So who wants you to make an informed decision? It seems Labor and Liberal don't want you to think about your vote. Their cards don't give you any more information than you need to vote exactly the way they want you to. And on closer inspection, one of the cards appears to be even more problematic.

Candidates work the booths in Gilmore

August 21, 2010
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Both the Liberal candidate Joanna Gash and ALP candidate Neil Reilly were out and about in Gilmore today, trying to persuade undecided voters to support them as they fought for the now notionally Labor seat. They were both saying it was going to be a close contest, despite polling yesterday saying it was going to […]

Dylan Bird in and around Dunkley

August 21, 2010
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Dunkley spans approximately 138 square kilometres from Seaford to the Mornington Peninsula, encompassing Langwarrin, Frankston and Skye in Melbourne’s outer southeast. The current MP, Liberal Bruce Billson, has held the seat since 1996, coming to power after boundaries were changed to include the traditionally conservative Mt Eliza in the electorate. The seat is currently listed as ‘marginal Liberal’ by the ABC’s Antony Green, requiring a swing of 4% against Billson to hand power to Labor’s Helen Constas. In the 2007 election, the Greens and Family First respectively attracted 7.8% and 2.6% of the primary vote.

The close election just got closer

August 21, 2010
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The final polls are showing today is really going to hang on a 'knife edge'. Both polls are too close to offer any real insight, other than reinforce the message that it is one of the closest elections in a long time. It really is anyone's guess who'll win today.

Electioneering the place to be tomorrow night!

August 20, 2010
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It's been a busy couple of weeks here at Electioneering, but there's still a few hours to go yet. While it's anyone's guess who will win tomorrow night, you can be sure that Electioneering will be providing coverage the whole time.

If you don’t like gay marriage don’t marry a gay person

August 19, 2010
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One of the most poignant moments on ABC’s qanda this week was when a Vietnam veteran asked Tony Abbott why his gay son was being denied the dignity and respect that all other Australian’s have in the right to marriage. Australia is behind the times when it comes to gay marriage. While countries from Sweden […]

Posted in: Fatima Malik, Opinion

Fielding needs his head unblocked

August 28, 2010
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As this election debarcle continued, Fielding has gone public with cries of “block the Senate! Block the Senate” if god forbid the Labor Government manage to scrounge up a government and stay in power. It is unclear at this point (and don’t hold your breath that it will ever become apparent) what on earth Fielding […]

Posted in: Opinion, Sophie Trevitt