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Archives for June 2016

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.
[Read more…]


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.

ALP
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…]


Another Medicare Advertisement From The ALP

Ahead of its official campaign launch tomorrow, the ALP has released another television advertisement on Medicare.

The ad comes at the end of a week that began with an ad featuring former Prime Minister Bob Hawke talking up the prospect of the Turnbull government privatising Medicare. [Read more…]


Facebook Leaders’ Debate: Turnbull And Shorten

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have met in a Facebook leader’s debate for the federal election.

In a rushed 52 minutes, the two leaders took about a dozen questions and exchanged barbs on issues ranging from the economy to Medicare, same-sex marriage, the NBN and education.

ShortenPicture credit: Andrew Meares (Fairfax) – image posted on Twitter by @mearesy

The debate was moderated by Joe Hildebrand, on behalf of news.com.au. Around 12,000 people watched the live stream of the debate. It was also shown on Sky News. [Read more…]


Liberals Maintain Focus On Boats

The Liberal Party has maintained its focus on boats and border protection, releasing a new advertisement today.

The advertisement includes audio and video of Kevin Rudd and Bill Shorten committing themselves to turning back boats. “Same old Labor,” the ad says. “Labor can’t be trusted on boats.” [Read more…]


Marriage Equality – Victorian Senate How-To-Vote Card

This is the Victorian Senate how-to-vote card for the Australian Equality Party (Marriage).

Designated as Marriage Equality, the party has allocated its preferences as follows:

  1. Marriage Equality
  2. The Greens
  3. Australian Sex Party
  4. Australian Cyclists Party
  5. Animal Justice Party
  6. The Arts Party

The party was first registered in 2014. [Read more…]


Bob Katter Advertisement Raises Eyebrows

Bob Katter has posted a video advertisement on YouTube that depicts him having shot the ALP and LNP.

The advertisement raised eyebrows today, given its proximity to the shootings in Orlando, Florida, this week.

The theme of the ad is that “Australia is not for sale”. It shows two characters, the ALP and LNP, putting up an “Australia for Sale” sign, which Katter removes. The ad concludes with Katter painting “Australia NOT for Sale” on the sign and blowing smoke from a pistol as the camera rises to show the two characters apparently lying dead. [Read more…]