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Before Australia elects a new PM to manage the country’s foreign relations, it’s vital to have a bigger debate on foreign policy, so voters know how each candidate would lead. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Foreign policy should play a bigger role in Australian elections. This is why it probably won’t

There have historically been few key points of difference on foreign policy during elections. Despite daunting challenges on the global stage, this year's election campaign looks to be much the same.
Claims of ‘fake news’ and misinformation campaigns have already arisen in the federal election campaign, a problem the political parties and tech companies are ill-equipped to address. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

‘Fake news’ is already spreading online in the election campaign – it’s up to us to stop it

New regulations have been rolled out to counter the spread of misinformation during the campaign, but these steps will largely be ineffective in the fast-moving social media sphere
For Shorten, Easter might act as an eraser to rub out people’s memories of a scratchy couple of days in the first week. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: The campaign with built-in R&R for voters

Politically speaking, the Easter break is a blessing for a jaded electorate, at least a partial rest for voters' in a campaign that's started as an impossibly complex jumble of claims and numbers.
The Adani coal mine has become a key issue for voters. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: Adani, economics and personality politics

West Australian voters need convincing that the Coalition will be better than Labor at managing the economy. Meanwhile, the Queensland seat of Dickson has already descended into personality politics.
Today we’re asking: what Queensland seats are the ones to watch on election night? How to give Indigenous Australians a true voice in politics? And how can we improve trust in the political system? Shutterstock

The myth of ‘the Queensland voter’, Australia’s trust deficit, and the path to Indigenous recognition

The myth of ‘the Queensland voter’, Australia’s trust deficit, and the path to Indigenous recognition. The Conversation122 MB (download)
Today, an election-themed episode about some of the biggest policy questions Australia faces, featuring Indigenous academic lawyer Eddie Synot and political scientist Anne Tiernan.
First-time voters are often treated as a homogenous group, but new research shows they make their decisions in a variety of ways. AAP/Danny Casey

New research reveals how young Australians will decide who gets their vote

Young people voting for the first time in the upcoming federal election can be broadly grouped into five categories: impulsive, collective, instinctive, principled and pragmatic.
Both sides of politics have gone hard on health in the first week of the campaign. Dave Hunt/AAP

Election campaign lesson #1: don’t mess with Medicare

Medicare is a vote-changer. The Coalition learnt this in the 2016 federal election campaign and has since guaranteed its commitment to the program. But that may not avert a Mediscare 2.0.
Most Australians have had enough of the opportunistic point-scoring that characterises politics today and want leaders who put the public interest first. Mick Tsikas/Lukas Coch/AAP

New research shows Australians lack faith in our political parties to provide real leadership

According to a new survey, nearly a third of Australians believe the Coalition shows no 'leadership for the public good'. Labor fared little better.

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