Liberal Party Ad: What Do We Know About Bill Shorten And Labor?

As the election campaign enters its final week, the negative advertising is ramping up.

This 15-second ad by the Liberal Party appeared today. It targets Bill Shorten on the budget deficit, boat turnbacks and the Greens.

The ad is titled: “What Do We Know About Bill Shorten and Labor? [Read more…]


In Wake Of Brexit, Turnbull Says No Cause For Alarm; Stresses Need For Strong Majority Government

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says there is no cause for Australian to be alarmed by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

Speaking shortly after the result became clear today, Turnbull said: “I remind Australians that given that we are living in a world of great opportunities but also great challenges and uncertainties, now more than ever Australia needs a stable majority Coalition Government with a strong economic plan that sets Australia up for a prosperous future.”

The decision to leave the European Union is already causing global financial markets to wobble. The development may be a crucial moment in Australia’s federal election that causes voters to stick with the government.

Transcript of remarks by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the UK vote to leave the European Union.

TURNBULL: This is a momentous and historic decision and we respect the wishes of the British people, expressed through this referendum. I want to say that Australians, I recognise, will be concerned by the uncertainty and instability in global markets, falls in currencies, including the Australian dollar and in equity markets. [Read more…]


Cathy McGowan: I Voted With Government 90% Of The Time But Opposed Devastating Cuts

Cathy McGowan, the independent member for Indi, has released a television advertisement in which she “sets the record straight” on her voting record in parliament.

McGowan says she voted with the government 90% of the time but opposed “devastating cuts” to higher education, social services and youth allowance. She describes herself as local, effective and “fiercely independent”.

McGowan

With the election just over a week away, it is intriguing that McGowan feels the need to point out her voting record in parliament. It indicates possible criticism in the electorate, or uneasiness over who she would support in the event of a hung parliament. There could be a sense that she is too close to the ALP and/or Greens. [Read more…]


Coalition Releases ‘Smart Cities’ Policy

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has released the Coalition’s Smart Cities policy.

The policy proposes an investment fund to accelerate the deployment of clean energy. The Coalition will also establish a $50 million competitive Smart Cities Program for local governments to improve the liveability of cities.

A “City Deal” for Western Sydney will involve a Coalition government partnering with the NSW government and local councils.

The full policy document is shown below. [Read more…]


New Liberal Ad: Stick With The Current Mob For A While

The Liberal Party has released a new advertisement on the economy.

Titled Labor’s war on the economy will cost jobs, the ad features an overall-clad workman ruminating on the ALP’s “war” on the economy.

He concludes: “So I reckon we should just see it through and stick with the current mob for a while.”

The ad comes as the election campaign enters its final two weeks. [Read more…]


Bill Shorten Delivers ALP Policy Speech At Penrith Campaign Launch

Bill Shorten has delivered the ALP’s policy speech for the 2016 federal election.

ShortenPicture credit: image posted on Twitter by @AustralianLabor

Speaking in Penrith, in the western Sydney seat of Lindsay, Shorten gave a speech light on new promises but heavy on appeals to the Labor faithful. Defence of Medicare was a constant theme of the speech, with Shorten paying homage to former prime minister Bob Hawke’s role in establishing the scheme in 1983.

The proceedings began with a speech by Emma Husar, the ALP candidate for Lindsay. Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek also spoke.
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ALP Ad: Labor’s Positive Plan For The Economy

With the official ALP campaign launch about to take place, the party has released an advertisement on the economy.

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The stage for the ALP’s campaign launch at Penrith. Picture credit: image posted on Twitter by @AustralianLabor

The ad features Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and it titled: Labor’s Positive Plan for the Economy. [Read more…]