Most Australians have had enough of the opportunistic point-scoring that characterises politics today and want leaders who put the public interest first.
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According to a new survey, nearly a third of Australians believe the Coalition shows no 'leadership for the public good'. Labor fared little better.
School funding isn’t the only thing the government needs to fix to improve school education.
Whoever the federal education minister after the May 18 election, he or she needs to put school funding, evidence for what works and initial teacher training front and centre.
Morrison appeared at a forum of seniors in the Victorian seat of Corangamite.
Both sides have different perceptions about how what the government characterises as a “retirement tax” - the franking credits change – will play out politically.
To start with each side offers a “lamington” (Low and Middle Income Tax offset), then the differences get serious.
After some years the Coalition's proposals would cost $40 billion per year more than Labor's, but by then Labor will have probably cut tax further too.
Arthur Caldwell almost defeated Robert Menzies in the poll in 1961, and won the debate about policy.
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History suggests we can run sizable budget deficits while shrinking the budget debt burden. Mid last century our leaders weren't afraid to say so.
The Coalition has produced tables showing it would be offering bigger tax cuts in 2024.
The government has set out the tax benefit people in particular occupations would get in the long term under its plan, while Labor has announced funding for pathology from its cancer package.
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While Peter Dutton is fighting for his political life in his marginal Brisbane seat of Dickson, he is being “weaponised” by Labor in its efforts to defeat two of his strongest Victorian supporters, Greg…
With the election season now under way, Labor has retained its lead over the Coalition in the latest Newspoll, though Bill Shorten’s approval rating has not improved.
Neither party got a bump from the official start of the federal election campaign, with Labor retaining its 52-48 advantage in the latest Newspoll.
Voters are active on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, so that’s where the parties need to be.
After the 2016 US election and ensuing Cambridge Analytic scandal, there was a lot of scaremongering around digital election campaigning. But this hysteria is, for the most part, unfounded.
What’s not to like about a flatter tax system? Well, for starters, the one laid out in this budget won’t actually simplify our lives.
Flat tax is simple, Kondo simple. But that doesn't mean it simplifies lives.
Labor’s campaign communications are organised around the word ‘fair’, while the Coalition is focusing on ‘strength’ and ‘security’.
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Sloganeering has always been integral to elections, but this kind of messaging risks adding to the problem of voter disengagement.
Morrison and Shorten both held campaign rallies on Sunday.
The Newspoll, in Monday's Australian, shows signs of the vote polarising as the campaign formally starts for the May 18 election.
On citizenship, the section means Australians can be hostage to changes in overseas law.
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That Victorian Liberals have to change candidates in three seats draws attention to an issue that should be properly fixed but won't be any time soon – the problem of section 44 of the constitution.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg verballed his department.
All these years later, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has failed to learn from Bowen’s mistake. He has misused and verballed his department, and been caught out.
The numbers of buyers able to celebrate moving into their first home are still well down on pre-GFC levels – and low-income renters are faring even worse.
Housing policy is a stark point of difference at this election. While the government took promising steps to set up social housing finance, it has yet to give any sign it will finish what it started.
Leigh Sullivan talks about the start of the federal election campaign with Michelle Grattan.
The Coalition government has rejected the Uluru Statement’s call for an Indigenous voice to Parliament, just one of many disappointments for Indigenous peoples.
Some of the Coalition government's initiatives on women and Indigenous issues have been more successful than others. Labor is promising much more.
You’ll be OK if you own, but fewer will.
Our retirement incomes system has been built around the assumption that most will own their own homes. New projections suggest it's no longer valid.
Seen here with the Prime Minister, Karen Andrews is one of few recent ministers for science who has a university education in STEM.
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We've had ten federal ministers with titular responsibility for science since 2007 – five under the coalition and five under Labor. That variation and a lack of consistent vision has an impact.
Morrison will persistently exploit Shorten’s unpopularity.
This election is Shorten's to lose, if you take the trend of opinion polls, and what the public have predicted. But the campaign can be crucial and Morrison is a ferocious and desperate fighter.