Articles on Federal election 2016

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Tony Nutt strongly defended the Coalition’s election campaign against criticism that it was not negative enough against Bill Shorten and Labor. Lukas Coch/AAP

Liberal director Nutt cold on foreign donation ban

Liberal Party director Tony Nutt has warned of potential dangers and difficulties in seeking to ban foreign political donations.
Scott Ryan has released terms of reference for an inquiry by a parliamentary committee into the 2016 federal election. Alan Porrit/AAP

Foreign donations on agenda for parliamentary inquiry

The issues of foreign donations and electronic voting will be examined by a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry.
The former Liberal member for Herbert, Ewen Jones, speaks to the media in Townsville during the 2016 election campaign. Mick Tsikas/AAP

LNP abandons hope of challenging Herbert result

The Queensland Liberal National Party has abandoned a possible challenge to the election result in the north Queensland seat of Herbert – which Ewen Jones lost by 37 votes.
The imperative for major reform of Australia’s political and policy processes is more real and urgent than ever. AAP/Lukas Coch

Australia needs to lead again on democratic innovation

Australia’s national politicians again need to step up and lead the way on the inevitable process of national and global democratic innovation.
The Western Distributor project announced by the Andrews government will benefit Melbourne’s suburban residents in the west and north, but inner-city elites are mobilising against it. AAP/Melissa Meehan

Inner-city bias: the suburbs need a fair go

It's a project that creates benefits for Melbourne's western suburbs and the state as a whole. But the inner-city elite don't like it and recent experience suggests their opinion holds sway.
Now that the election is done and dusted what needs to change in politics? Dean Lewins/AAP

Lessons from the election

The major parties seem to be having considerable difficulty drawing lessons from the recent election campaign. Of course, there are many. The most obvious, but probably the most difficult for them to accept…

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