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Archives for May 2016

Labor’s Foreign Policy: Tanya Plibersek Speech To Lowy Institute

The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Tanya Plibersek, has addressed the Lowy Institute on the ALP’s approach to foreign policy.

Plibersek’s theme was Australia’s national interest and good international citizenship.

Her speech dealt with Australia’s role in the Asian region, the ANZUS alliance, engagement with international forums, and foreign aid.

  • Listen to Plibersek (55m)
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Transcript of ALP Shadow Foreign Minister Tanya Plibersek’s speech to the Lowy Institute. [Read more…]


Liberal Candidate For McEwen, Chris Jermyn, Chased By Media

The Liberal candidate for McEwen, Chris Jermyn, has been unable to answer media questions about his party’s policies, after turning up at an ALP event with Bill Shorten.

McEwen is the most marginal seat in the country. Rob Mitchell holds it for the ALP by just 313 votes, or 0.15%.

The footage in the second video is something of a classic of the genre as reporters pursue Jermyn into the venue’s carpark. [Read more…]


Treasurers Debate: Scott Morrison And Chris Bowen At The National Press Club

Scott Morrison and Chris Bowen have met in a Treasurers Debate at the National Press Club.

The debate came at the end of a week in which the government has sought to focus attention on ALP costings in the election campaign.

Scott Morrison has been Treasurer since last September, when Malcolm Turnbull overthrew Tony Abbott as prime minister. Chris Bowen, a minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments, was briefly Treasurer in the second Rudd government in 2013. [Read more…]


David Feeney’s ALP Talking Points Document

This is the talking points document that David Feeney left in a Sky News studio.

Feeney gave a stumbling interview to David Speers, in which he was unable to explain the party’s policy on the SchoolKids Bonus.

The interview followed days of bad publicity over Feeney’s failure to register a property he owns on his declaration of interests.

Feeney also negatively gears the property. The ALP has undertaken to end negative gearing if elected. [Read more…]


Electoral Enrolment Closes 8.00pm Monday, May 23

The electoral rolls for the 2016 Federal Election close at 8.00pm this Monday, May 23.

New enrolments and change of details can no longer be made after this time.

It is estimated that around one million people, mainly under the age of 25, are not on the electoral roll.

Given the early announcement of this election, voters have had two weeks to get on the roll.

The advocacy group GetUp! has produced an amusing enrolment video, titled The conversation every 18 year old is avoiding!

  • Watch the GetUp! video (71s)
  • Listen to the ad (71s)

Fifield Says NBN Management Advised Him Of Federal Police Leaks Referral

The Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield, says he was advised by National Broadband Network management that leaks of sensitive information had been referred to the Australian Federal Police.

Fifield says he “did not instruct nor request them to do so”.

Text of statement from the Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield.

Last year there were leaks of commercially sensitive information from NBN.

The senior management of NBN initiated an internal review, which identified matters of concern.

The NBN senior management subsequently referred these matters to the AFP.

I was advised by NBN that the matter had been referred to the AFP. [Read more…]


2016 Federal Election Timetable

This is the official timetable of key dates for the 2016 Federal Election.

The dates show the election is being conducted within the minimum timeframe whereby polling day must be no less than 33 days from the issue of the writ. [Read more…]


Liberal Advertisement: What Do Shorten And Rudd Have In Common?

This is an advertisement posted by the Liberal Party on YouTube.

It is the third advertisement on boats and aslyum seekers in the first week of the election campaign. [Read more…]


High Court Unanimously Dismisses Challenge To Senate Voting Changes

The High Court has unanimously dismissed a challenge to the recently legislated Senate voting changes.

The seven Justices dismissed two applications, including one by South Australian Family First Senator Bob Day.

The changes abolished group voting tickets and introduced optional preferential voting above and below the line.

The court held that the term “method” in Section 9 of the Constitution “is to be considered broadly, allowing for more than one way of indicating choice within a single uniform electoral system”. [Read more…]


“Our Policy Is Clear” – Liberals Pounce On ALP’s Border Protection Dissension

The Liberal Party has seized on dissension in Labor ranks over offshore processing of asylum seekers.

The ALP candidate for Melbourne, Sophie Ismail, went on the record today as favouring bringing asylum seekers to Australia and processing them here. Melbourne is held for the Greens by Adam Bandt.

The Liberals released the advertisement shown below. It quotes Ismail and other comments by retiring WA MP Melissa Parke and Tasmanian Senator Lisa Singh. The repeated “our policy is clear” comments from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten are taken from his media conference today where he was questioned about Ismail’s comments. [Read more…]