How To Cast A Formal Vote Today

The Australian Electoral Commission has produced this video explaining how to cast a formal vote in the 2013 Federal Election.

  • How to vote formally in the House of Representatives & the Senate:

Australian Greens 2013 Federal Election Platform

This is the official 2013 election platform of the Australian Greens.

The Greens leader at the election was Senator Christine Milne.

The PDF shown below can be expanded and downloaded.

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Abbott Promises No Change To GST, No Cuts To Education, Health, Pensions, ABC Or SBS

On the eve of the federal election, Tony Abbott promised there would be no cuts to key services if the Coalition was elected.

Abbott was interviewed on the SBS News at 6.30pm on Friday, September 6, 2013.

He promised: “No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST, and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”

  • Listen to Abbott (26s)
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Final Day Of Election Campaign Wraps Up

This is how Channel 7 News in Melbourne reported the final day of the 2013 federal election campaign.

  • Watch Channel 7 (6m)

Can Bill Glasson Topple Kevin Rudd In Griffith?

One of the intriguing aspects of tomorrow’s election is whether Kevin Rudd can hold on in his own seat of Griffith.

Rudd has held Griffith since 1998. He first contested it in 1996 but was defeated. His opponent this year is the former president of the Australian Medical Association, Bill Glasson.

Glasson has fought an intensive ground war in the Brisbane-based electorate over the past year. At least one opinion poll during the campaign has shown him ahead.

The ALP is struggling in Queensland. It currently holds 8 of the 30 electorates and it appears unlikely that it can win anymore. It is in danger of losing seats such as Moreton, Petrie, Lilley and Capricornia.

In the 1996 defeat of the Keating government, the ALP was reduced to two seats in Queensland (Brisbane and Rankin). In the 1975 defeat of the Whitlam government, it was reduced to one seat (Oxley).

If Labor is defeated decisively tomorrow, it is possible that Kevin Rudd could join John Howard (Bennelong 1996) and Stanley Melbourne Bruce (Flinders 1929) as the third prime minister to lose an election and his seat.

  • This video has been produced by Liberal candidate Bill Glasson’s campaign team:

Newspaper Editorials Overwhelmingly Favour Abbott

Australian newspapers have editorialised this morning, overwhelmingly recommending a vote for Tony Abbott and the Coalition in tomorrow’s federal election.

So far, only The Age has endorsed the Labor government.

The editorials from a range of newspapers are shown below. Others will be added as they become available.

Editorial in The Australian.

Leader who will govern in the national interest

Seldom has the bar been set so low for an alternative federal government. An opposition that can convince the Australian people that it can control the nation’s borders, its parliament and its purse strings would win the argument hands down. Yet a leader who aspires to govern in the national interest, restore confidence in government and offer hope for the future must do more than simply win this election by default. He must seek a mandate that lays the ground for a new era of reform to secure Australia’s future prosperity. [Read more…]


Medicare 30th Anniversary

Medicare is 30 years old today.

MedicareThe legislation to establish the universal health insurance system was passed on this day in 1983, six months after the election of the Hawke Labor government.

As it still still does today, Medicare is partly funded by a 1.5% levy on all taxpayers. It allows doctors to provide medical care at no cost to patients through bulk billing. Alternatively, Medicare reimburses patients 85% of a scheduled fee which allows doctors to determine their own charges with patients paying the balance. Medicare also provides for basic public hospital cover with patients able to take out additional private insurance. Health professionals with a Medicare provider number are also included in the scheme.

Medicare’s history begins with Gough Whitlam in the 1970s. The health insurance scheme was developed by health economist Richard Scotton and John Deeble. Under Whitlam, the scheme was called Medibank and was a major plank in Whitlam’s 1972 election platform. [Read more…]