“Be Sure, Vote Liberal” – Government Readies For Final Campaign Blitz

With the election now in its final days, a final blitz of television advertising is underway.

Liberal

This ad, Be Sure, Vote Liberal, is just 15 seconds long but encapsulates the government’s principal campaign themes: the risk of a hung parliament, chaos and dysfunction, the Budget deficit, jobs, Shorten’s new taxes, and asylum-seeker boats. [Read more…]


Minutes After Turnbull Launch, ALP Releases Its Election Costings

The ALP has released its election costings, projecting that they would balance the Budget in 2020-21, the same year as the government.

The Opposition’s “Fiscal Plan” proposes $10.5 billion more savings than spending over the decade. However, the Budget bottom line will be $16.5 billion worse over the 4-year Forward Estimates.

The ALP says: “The more modest fiscal consolidation over the forward estimates of around 0.2 per cent of GDP per year (on average) is more than made up for by Labor’s structural savings over the medium term. Labor’s approach to budget management has fairness at its core, and will not seek to fix the Liberals’ budget mess by attacking family budgets. We will budget transparently and honestly.”

The costings were released in Sydney by the Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen, and the Shadow Finance Minister, Tony Burke. The Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, is in Gladstone. The release was announced during Prime Minister Turnbull’s campaign launch and took place at 1.00pm, shortly after Turnbull finished.

The costings document is shown below. [Read more…]


Malcolm Turnbull Launches Liberal Party Election Campaign

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has officially launched the Liberal Party’s election campaign at a rally in the Sydney electorate of Reid. His speech stressed the importance of strong and stable government.

TurnbullPrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Liberal Party campaign launch. Picture credit: Image posted on Twitter by Mike Bowers – Mikearoo

During his speech, Turnbull declared that Bill Shorten was “unfit to govern”. He attacked the ALP’s scare campaign over the alleged privatisation of Medicare.

The speech was attended by former prime ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott. Turnbull praised Howard as setting the “gold standard” in successful and effective government. He said Abbott had brought an end “to the chaos and dysfunction of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years”. [Read more…]


Get To Know Bill: ALP Election Advertisement

With just six days to the election, the ALP has released a “Get to know Bill” video on YouTube.

The video aims to humanise Shorten and stresses his understanding of people in distress. Amongst others, it features Brant Webb, one of the Tasmanian Beaconsfield miners buried underground for two weeks in 2006. [Read more…]


Liberal Party Free Time Advertisements: 2016 Federal Election

These are four freetime advertisements for the Liberal Party, broadcast on ABC television.

The advertisements feature Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Treasurer Scott Morrison.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is statutorily obliged to provide free radio and television time to the major political parties during elections. [Read more…]


Brexit: Article 50 Of The Lisbon Treaty

This is Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the section that governs departures from the European Union.

Following the plebiscite in the UK in which the electorate voted 51.9% to 48.1% to Leave the European Union, this is the section that will be triggered when the UK government lodges its notice of departure.

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Article 50

1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements. [Read more…]


Greens Commercial: Vision For Western Australia

This is an election advertisement produced by the Australian Greens for use in Western Australia.

The ad is titled: The Greens Vision for WA.

The Greens have two senators in WA, Scott Ludlam and Rachel Siewert. A primary vote of 7.7% will deliver one senator. Less may be needed if preferences flow to the Greens. At the 2013 election, the Greens polled 9.49%. This increased to 15.60% in the 2014 re-run election. [Read more…]