After an election in which voters snubbed both major parties, the campaign postmortems have been coming thick and fast.
In a historical context, Labor’s ‘Medicare SMS’ was not particularly surprising or even unprecedented.
The idea of hitting voters with a powerful message on election day is just the culmination of three trends in Australian campaign communication that have been brewing for decades.
The Turnbull government needs to learn a thing or two from hacker culture.
Innovation is not just about taking risks, but minimising and managing them.
Malcolm Turnbull and member-elect for the federal seat of Brisbane, Trevor Evans, speak to the media as they walk through central Brisbane.
The political and fiscal vice in which Malcolm Turnbull is now caught was neatly illustrated by a coincidence of timing in these early post-election days.
By hand: voters use paper and pencil to cast their ballots in the 2016 Australian federal election.
There's something about seeing the ballot process take place – the vote, the count – that inspires confidence. That wouldn't be the same with any electronic voting system.
Bob Katter, leader of Katter’s Australian Party, said he had provided support ‘with no great enthusiasm’.
Crossbencher Bob Katter has given his support on supply and confidence to a Coalition government after a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Brisbane.
The budget repair necessary to keep Australia’s AAA credit rating seems even less likely after the election.
Budget repair seems even less plausible after this election and this is the main risk to Australia's AAA credit rating.
Is Rupert Murdoch’s influence on the Australian political landscape what it used to be?
Given newspapers' continued role as the main provider of new news every day, and the amplifying effect of social media, their potential to influence the body politic remains substantial.
Since he took over as Nationals leader earlier this year Barnaby Joyce has played a tight team game.
Within the Coalition the only cheer is among the Nationals who could actually gain one in their numbers at an election where the government has lost a swag of seats.
At the moment there is official classification for gig work, like the type uber drivers do.
Workers in the gig economy have to deal with labour insecurity but they also take on more risk by using their own money to buy the tools they need to work.
Pauline Hanson’s policy agenda includes an inquiry into Islam and an end to Muslim immigration.
Pauline Hanson and her party will potentially be a divisive presence in the next parliament. The challenge, for a potential Coalition government in particular, will be just how to handle her.
Barnaby Joyce of the Nationals and Senator Nick Xenophon and his team may have more influence post election.
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The newly elected Senate crossbenchers and a stronger Nationals representation could mean bad news for trade deals but good news for local industry.
One thing Malcolm Turnbull should do in the short term if he’s forming a new ministry is find a first-rate minister to put into the health portfolio.
Malcolm Turnbull is struggling to produce the right response in the aftermath of his election debacle. On Saturday he did not take on any blame and lashed out at Labor’s “Mediscare” tactic. On Tuesday…
Malcolm Turnbull said he remained ‘quietly confident, reasonably confident’ of forming a majority government.
Malcolm Turnbull has taken 'absolutely full responsibility' for his criticised election campaign, and declared the Coalition must rebuild public trust in itself on the issue of Medicare.
Some Coalition’s policies have been seen as a fundamental assault on Medicare principles of bulk billing and universality.
Scare campaigns only work if there is some anxiety to build on. Labor’s Medicare campaign plugged into a long history of Coalition ambivalence – or open hostility – towards Medicare.
Back in 2012, Bill Shorten was Superannuation Minister.
While the major political parties agree on the need for superannuation reform, they differ on how to get there.
Malcolm Turnbull has inadvertently facilitated the re-entry to parliament of Pauline Hanson.
The irony of stridently warning people against voting for minor players and then, all charm, ringing those players when you personally might need their votes may be lost on Malcolm Turnbull.
Medicare wasn’t a major election issue at the start of the campaign.
The 2016 election has shown that when there is a close result, negative advertising can be a very powerful campaign tool.
It is reasonable to conclude that it’s more likely to be men than women who scribble dicks and balls on ballot papers.
It might be juvenile, but scribbling a dick and balls on a ballot paper actually requires some thought. And that in turn has meaning.
Whatever happens from here, this election has gone badly wrong for Malcolm Turnbull.
Even if he survives as prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull will govern in extremely difficult circumstances, and his leadership is under threat.