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Who’ll Be Lucky? – The Economist Editorial

The Economist has called for a change of government, in an editorial published today.

Editorial from The Economist, October 11, 2011.

Who’ll Be Lucky?

Australia votes on November 10th. It’s time for a change


The lucky prime minister? Until recently, the opinion polls had suggested that John Howard, the leader of the Liberal-National coalition that has governed Australia since 1996, would be sent packing by the voters this year. Suddenly, when Mr Howard started to push back asylum-seekers like a sea captain repelling boarders, the polls began to turn. And now, amid the dark uncertainties of a war against terrorism, he can argue that this is no time to switch governments. The voters seem inclined to agree. Are they wise? [Read more…]

Hawke Should Stay With The ACTU: The Australian

In the year following the Dismissal of the Whitlam government, there was frequent speculation about the political intentions of Bob Hawke, the leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Hawke was also National President of the ALP. Rumours abounded about the seat he would contest in order to enter parliament.

On September 14, 1976, The Australian newspaper editorialised in favour of Hawke remaining with the ACTU.

Hawke ultimately decided not to enter parliament at the next election, but in 1980 he sought preselection for the Melbourne seat of Wills. He entered parliament in the October 1980 federal election and was immediately appointed to the shadow ministry. He became leader of the party just 2 years and 3 months later, becoming prime minister at the March 1983 election.


Electors Looking For Honesty: The Age

This is the editorial from the Melbourne Age on March 19, 1951.

It came the day after Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced a double dissolution of the federal parliament and an election on April 28.

It was just the second double dissolution in the federation’s 50-year history.

Menzies was elected in December 1949. He opted for a double dissolution after the Senate failed to pass a piece of banking legislation. Menzies advised the Governor-General, William McKell that the Senate’s referral of the bill to a committee constituted a “failure to pass”, in accordance with Section 57 of the Constitution. [Read more…]