Clive Palmer didn’t win any seats for his party in the election, but he says his massive advertising spend was “worth it” to prevent Bill Shorten from becoming prime minister.
Australia needs to rein in the ever-increasing role of private money in federal elections with caps on political advertising and donations.
Australia’s populist parties are polling much lower than their counterparts in Europe.
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Australian populism is more of a long-term grumble about the state of the world than a sharp reaction to the threat of cultural loss.
The leaders debate returned Western Australia to the political spotlight this week.
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Pre-poll votes within the first 24 hours were almost double the number at the same stage in 2016. That could hurt some minor parties who traditionally spend big in the last few weeks of a campaign.
While Clive Palmer is often lumped in with other right-wingers, in fact he espouses a range of populist ideas and is quite progressive on some issues.
He's spending big and may well win a spot in the Senate. But the big question is what the billionaire businessman intends to do if he returns to the Australian parliament.
Political advertising has moved away from traditional media and is now more prevalent on platforms like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
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The major parties are focusing on social media like never before to get their messaging out – and finding more creative ways to do it.
Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, and Fraser Anning’s new Conservative National Party will compete for the conservative vote.
Voter dissatisfaction with the major parties means minor party preferences are likely to play a critical role in many seats, making the election outcome hard to predict.
Three weeks before the election, the UAP has been included in the party readout for the first time.
The latest Newspoll shows a further tightening on two-party preferred, but was making some strange assumptions about the slow of preferences.
Leader of the United Australia Party Clive Palmer address the media during a press conference in Townsville, April 18.
Apart from the debate about debates, Friday’s campaign argy bargy centred on the Liberals’ preference deal with Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, due to be announced by Palmer on Monday.
Week two of the federal election campaign has just flown by.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
The Coalition is expected to announce a preference deal with Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party on Monday.
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Clive Palmer was in the news this week after the Newspoll that showed that his United Australia Party could change the result in marginal seats in several states.
Australia Institute research found a rise in support for Palmer’s UAP.
Last June Morrison on Palmer's renewed political push Australians would say “the circus doesn’t need another sideshow.” Well, the sideshow's here and the Liberals are grabbing a prize from the wheel.
Support for Clive Palmer’s UAP in recent polls is likely overstated.
Seat polls are notoriously unreliable, and the support shown for the United Australia Party in recent polls is likely to be overstated.
UAP’s Clive Palmer: “We think we’ll win six Senate seats”.
Unchastened by his experience in federal parliament between 2013 and 2016, Clive Palmer and his United Australia Party are back - and beginning to make their presence felt in polling.
Politicians are allowed to spam you with campaign texts.
Spamming in texts or by robo-calls may seem perverse, but it's unlikely to disappear. Here are some things you can expect leading up to the May election, and why they're allowed.
Clive Palmer (right) and former One Nation Senator Brian Burston announce the formation of the United Australia Party in Canberra.
Clive Palmer believes he can recapture the magic that saw him elected to Parliament in 2013, but what his new party – and others on the right – need is more discipline.
Recently, hard-right Coalition MPs have not had as much influence on government policy as they used to, and Malcolm Turnbull is probably benefiting from this.
While the Turnbull government's ratings have improved, the focus on its tax policies and the Barnaby Joyce story may be holding back its vote.
Brian Burston and Clive Palmer leave a press conference after a water sprinkler is turned on.
Any voters so angry about the more conventional parties that they are tempted to look Palmer's way again might like to consider the shenanigans on Monday.
Scott Morrison has been on the campaign trail selling the budget.
A combination of incompetence and expediency has let down the country in the task of fixing up the budget.
Glenn Lazarus and former MP Pauline Hanson are competing for every PUP vote to win a Queensland Senate seat.
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One in 20 Australians voted for the Palmer United Party in 2013. Their votes will be crucial again – especially in Queensland, where ex-PUP senator Glenn Lazarus could be replaced by Pauline Hanson.
Malcolm Turnbull receives a lick during a visit to the Port of Eden on the NSW south coast on Monday.
Finally, Clive Palmer has formally put a full stop to his personal political career, announcing on Monday he won’t be running for the Senate. Palmer United Party (PUP) will still field Senate candidates…