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A live audience of 30 from marginal seats gave Bill Shorten the marks by 17 to seven. Lukas Coch/AAP

Shorten plays Facebook game, telling people to hit Like

The innovative online debate was a livelier affair than the turn-off one at the National Press Club earlier in the campaign, though not a big moment of the campaign. It was Bill Shorten who was the nimbler…
In the early days of federal debates – which started in the 1980s – the public attention was much greater than now. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Turnbull proposes an election debate ‘in the media of our time’

Amid general agreement that the National Press Club leaders’ debate was a turnoff, literally, Malcolm Turnbull has decided to be Mr Digital Man and organise things his way. The government has negotiated…
In the Sunday debate, Malcolm Turnbull assumed a loftier pitch while Bill Shorten aimed more directly at ordinary people. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Both leaders failed to engage properly with the occasion or the public

Sunday night’s leaders’ debate was a disappointment. Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten were over-rehearsed; the content was old ground; the spontaneity was minimal. When a question was too hard they simply…
Who took the points in the first leaders’ debate of the 2016 campaign? AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Turnbull and Shorten face off in leaders’ debate: experts respond

The Conversation’s experts respond to the first Turnbull-Shorten debate with an eye across key policy areas and the leaders’ performances.

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