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Political scientist Andy Marks says: ‘I’d suggest the momentum is with Labor and it hasn’t substantially shifted’. AAP Image/NIC ELLIS

‘Labor will win this election. I think that’s virtually unquestionable’: political scientist Andy Marks on #AusVotes2019 and the key issues in NSW

‘Labor will win this election. I think that’s virtually unquestionable’: political scientist Andy Marks on #AusVotes2019 and the key issues in NSW. The Conversation, CC BY34 MB (download)
We are but a few weeks from a federal election, and the way the political wind is blowing may depend on what state you're in.
Arthur Caldwell almost defeated Robert Menzies in the 1961 federal election, dominated by debate over the economy and unemployment. National Archives, National Library of Australia, Wikimedia

Issues that swung elections: the ‘credit squeeze’ that nearly swept Menzies from power in 1961

In 1960, Harold Holt, the then-treasurer, urged the government to abolish import restrictions, resulting in a minor recession. This nearly swung the election in the ALP's favour.
The leaders of the PSOE, PP and Citizens simultaneously appeared before the media and their followers. RTVE

Spanish general election: the winners, the losers – and Vox

Since 2015, Spanish politics has lived on a roller coaster. Catalonia, article 155, the motion of censure in the government, the rise of the far-right. The suspense, after this election, is assured.
Joko Widowo (centre, left) and his running mate, Ma'ruf Amin celebrate with supporters after the ‘quick count’ results showed him the likely winner of the presidential election. Mast Irham/EPA

Joko Widodo looks set to win the Indonesia election. Now, the real power struggle begins

Jokowi's challenger, Prabowo Subianto, has vowed to contest the result and urged his supporters to the streets – and that win him leverage in the new administration.
Hispanic voters are not a monolith. Baiterek Media/shutterstock.com

How Hispanics really feel about Trump

Hispanics oppose Trump's immigration policies in larger numbers than the rest of the population. But their opinions are divided sharply across partisan lines.
Supporters of incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who is running for re-election, react during his campaign rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, 13 April 2019. Bagus Indahono/EPA

How Indonesia’s elections differ from Australia’s

While citizens of both countries will choose their representatives in their respective elections, they have different ways of carrying out elections.
Jokowi has maintained a double-digit lead in most recent polls, but some moderate supporters have indicated they may stay away from the polls. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Indonesia’s presidential election: Is Jokowi ‘religious enough’ for conservative voters?

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been burnishing his religious credentials ahead of this week's election. Will it be enough to beat an old rival, the firebrand populist Prabowo Subianto?
Keep up-to-date election campaign in each state. Shutterstock

Federal election 2019: state of the states

Keep up-to-date with how the federal election is playing out locally. Our State of the States series takes stock of the key issues, seats and policies affecting the vote in each of Australia's states.
Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison attending an ovarian cancer event at Parliament House in February. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politicians need to listen up before they speak up – and listen in the right places

Knowledge is important to produce informed policy, but an understanding of people is also vital in a democracy. And that requires listening – to all sectors of society, not only elites and lobbyists.

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