An expert on populism gives 6 reasons why these minor parties failed to gain electoral success.
The aftershocks of the 2022 federal election are likely to reverberate around the nation’s party system for years to come.
This election seems to indicate a major division opening up between the city and the bush.
It’s projected over one-third of voters chose not to vote for the major parties.
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What kind of evidence would we really need, before we could reasonably conclude alien contact had been made?
From voting info to risqué quips, this election, online political ads are more pervasive than ever before.
Clive Palmer is running candidates all around the country and spending big. But so far, the United Australia Party vote is only around 4%.
The government used to set interest rates but it doesn’t anymore. If UAP really did try to deliver on an election promise to cap interest rates at 3% for five years, what would the consequences be?
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Clive Palmer is back trying to win a Senate seat, while Jacqui Lambie is aiming to get a second senator elected.
New research shows a large percentage of Australians value “freedom” as the most important human right – but politicians need to offer a more sophisticated version of that ideal.
The new government report describes 144 sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena.
A new nine-page report, requested by Congress, doesn’t say what the 144 UFO sightings from 2004 to 2021 are, but does say that the government wants to learn more.
Unidentified aerial phenomena remain a mystery.
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The recent Pentagon report has more questions than answers when it comes to UFOs. Here’s why that’s not surprising.
Some UFO sightings appear to demonstrate ‘advanced technology’. The Pentagon has confirmed some threaten flight safety, and potentially national security.
Australia has its own populist tradition. Unlike the US, it is about protecting Australians from the outside world, not asserting their liberties.
Queensland’s result reinforces the theory that pandemic conditions favour incumbents. It also deals a blow for One Nation and Clive Palmer.
As Queensland heads to to the polls, hundreds of voters have received unsolicited text messages from Clive Palmer urging them to vote against Labor. And that’s just the tip of the electioneering iceberg.
Progressive voices have lit up social media with memes blaming Queensland for Labor’s loss in the federal election. But characterising the state as regressive and redneck is misplaced.
Queensland has a proud place in Labor history. But the 2019 election shows the federal Labor Party no longer understands the issues that matter to Queensland voters.
Clive Palmer spent about $60million on advertising – despite not winning a seat, the UAP vote had a significant impact on some seat outcomes.
Especially in Queensland, right-wing populist parties like One Nation and United Australia Party had a significant impact on how seats played out, and especially taking votes from Labor.
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.