Are southern-born politicians talking about a state they essentially don’t understand?
Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple.
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Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
People participate in the 2016 Trans Pride March in Toronto.
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A recent report on crime statistics leaves out transgender and nonbinary folk. A security and surveillance expert says this invisibility is harmful. Without stats, we cannot counter violence.
Senator Cory Bernardi, who defected from the Liberals and formed his Australian Conservatives party, will wind it up.
Bernardi said that at the election his Australian Conservative party polled “a tiny fraction of the votes” required. He said potential voters returned to supporting the Coalition under Morrison.
Front pages from Australian newspapers covering terrorist attacks on the United States.
The 2001 federal election was a watershed moment for Australian national security that has set a policy agenda for almost two decades.
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There are generally two kinds of federal election: one when the government is returned; the other when it is defeated. History tells us the former is far more common.
The budget tax cuts aren’t tax reform, and probably can’t be paid for over the longer term.
Should the Coalition's $300 billion of tax cuts ever be enacted, they would push the budget back towards deficit.
The goal of every public appearance or interview by a politician is to “stay on message”. In itself, it’s not a malign tactic but the constant repetition of the same messages without answering questions can be a form of obfuscation.
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Any good political spin doctor employs a range of overt and covert tactics to get their message across. Here are some of the most common ones.
Left to right: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pose before the start of the French-language leaders’ debate in Montreal in September 2015.
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The creation of a new debate commission in Canada should ensure televised showdowns between party leaders amid federal election campaigns are transparent and a boon to democracy.
The most notable – and underestimated – aspect of the vote count in Longman was the fall in support for the Coalition.
There were lessens for both major parties in Longman- more worrying for the Coalition than Labor. It showed voter volatility and disenchantment, and that One Nation remains a powerful force.
Voting is the most important undertaking a citizen has in a democracy. With the Ontario election upon us and others looming, consider some non-partisan advice on how to cast your ballot.
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How you vote is an indication of the role you think government plays in society. As elections loom in Canada and beyond, here's a guide to non-partisan, responsible voting.
One only has to know Malcolm Turnbull’s nature to understand his deep frustration at the government’s internal dissent.
The momentum for a July 2 double dissolution has accelerated with Malcolm Turnbull opening the way to bring the May 10 budget forward by a week. “The budget will be in May,” he said on Tuesday, as he prepared…
Clive Palmer, who is locked in a tight battle for the seat of Fairfax, has called for another election to be held, citing improper conduct by the AEC.
Tony Abbott was today sworn in as Australia’s 28th prime minister. The election results, however, are yet to be formally declared, with some controversy surrounding the counting of votes in the electorate…