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 […]
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?” […]
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.
Political advertising sucks. I don’t think I’m telling you anything new here. If you’ve watched television, listened to the radio or checked your mailbox this month, you’ve already had political advertising blasted at you from both sides. It’s uncomfortable and unpleasant, like being stuck in an elevator between two friends having an argument. I’m lucky […]
Election campaigns are times of heightened political argument and acrimony. Differences of culture and opinion are deepened and widened by the continuous tussle for ideological supremacy. Negativity soars; co-operation drains away; suspicion and mistrust spread like rumours. At times like these, we tend to focus on winners and losers. When a shift of a few […]
You’ve seen Electioneering, so you know there’s an election coming up. You’ve browsed our coverage, so you know a thing or two about the campaign trail. You’ve read Zach Kitschke’s excellent guide to voting, so you know how to fill out the ballot. But what should you put on the ballot? Who’s going to tell […]
Yesterday’s Age/Nielsen poll has an interesting twist: along with the usual variations on the question “Who will you vote for?”, it asks electors to rate Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott on specific personal qualities. Since we’re intent on turning this election into a soap opera anyway, we might as well get a better idea of […]