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Almost 9 in 10 Australians agree we should invest in restoring wildlife habitats and natural places. Klaus/Flickr

How should I vote if I care about preventing the extinction of nature?

Here are the promises and policies of the Coalition, Labor, the Greens, One Nation and more.
Uber drivers protest outside of the New York Stock Exchange. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Uber drivers strike and the future of labor: 4 essential reads

The Uber driver walkout raises questions about how workers can fight for better pay and benefits in the age of the gig economy – a topic frequently on the minds of Conversation scholars.
After much back-and-forth over the logistics of the third debate, Shorten and Morrison finally faced off at the National Press Club, moderated by Sabra Lane. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten and Morrison make their final cases in third leaders’ debate: our experts respond

No gaffes, no real surprises – the third leaders' debate was a fairly predictable affair, save for the testy conclusion
Drivers for the ride-hailing giant Uber are planning a national day of action to protest labour conditions. Dan Gold/Unsplash

Uber drivers strike: Organizing labour in the gig economy

Drivers for Uber, one of the most successful companies in the gig economy are set to strike by turning their apps off for one day this week as their company prepares for its IPO.
On industrial relations policy, the Coalition and Labor offer starkly different choices this election. AAP/Nic Ellis

How the major parties stack up on industrial relations policy

At this election there is a stark choice between the two major parties on industrial relations: the "small target" approach of the Coalition and the ALP's more ambitious and detailed plan.
Political advertising has moved away from traditional media and is now more prevalent on platforms like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. AAP/ALP/Liberal Party/GetUp!/Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Facebook videos, targeted texts and Clive Palmer memes: how digital advertising is shaping this election campaign

The major parties are focusing on social media like never before to get their messaging out – and finding more creative ways to do it.
Arthur Caldwell almost defeated Robert Menzies in the 1961 federal election, dominated by debate over the economy and unemployment. National Archives, National Library of Australia, Wikimedia

Issues that swung elections: the ‘credit squeeze’ that nearly swept Menzies from power in 1961

In 1960, Harold Holt, the then-treasurer, urged the government to abolish import restrictions, resulting in a minor recession. This nearly swung the election in the ALP's favour.
Before Australia elects a new PM to manage the country’s foreign relations, it’s vital to have a bigger debate on foreign policy, so voters know how each candidate would lead. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Foreign policy should play a bigger role in Australian elections. This is why it probably won’t

There have historically been few key points of difference on foreign policy during elections. Despite daunting challenges on the global stage, this year's election campaign looks to be much the same.

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