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Peter Brent

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Swinburne University of Technology

Peter Brent is a writer and adjunct fellow at Swinburne University.


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04 May 2017

A visitor to this country over the past week might wonder where, or in what year, he or she has landed. It’s now nine sleeps since ANZAC Day 2017, and hundreds of articles and hours of rolling outrage have been expended on a few words posted on Facebook by part-time ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-...

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24 Apr 2017

A lot happened in poltics over the past fortnight. But not much happened in Newspoll.

TODAY’s Newspoll, conducted between last Thursday evening and Sunday and published in the Australian, has the primary vote virtually identical to a fortnight ago: the Coalition sits on...

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28 Dec 2016

South Australian Senator, Cory Bernardi, is said to be preparing to quit the Liberals and launch a new party. Perhaps. It is rumoured. The signs are there. And he would, apparently, be bankrolled by mining magnate, Gina Rinehart.

Bernardi appears to have drawn great inspiration from...

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13 Sep 2016

Like much else in the forty-fifth parliament’s infancy, the same-sex marriage plebiscite has become hostage to the dynamics of contemporary politics: a weakened prime minister, a ferociously oppositional federal opposition led by a man also less than secure in his job, and a large, attention-...

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30 Aug 2016

AFTER the 2010 election, with its drawn-out count and those interminable crossbench negotiations, opposition leader Tony Abbott pointed out that for the first time in living memory the victor, Labor, hadn’t enjoyed an immediate opinion poll boost.

But then came 7 September 2013, the...

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30 May 2016

The national election pendulum might swing Labor’s way, but it’s in the states that the seats will be won

AT THE last federal election, three years ago, the national two-party-preferred swing to the Coalition was 3.6 per cent. The two states that shifted the most were the...

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26 May 2016

In days of old, when Clive Palmer exuded that bottomless confidence, he was wont to boast that his Palmer United Party had delivered Tony Abbott the prime ministership. By this he meant that PUP preferences had made the difference in enough electorates to tip the seat balance overall at the 2013...

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12 May 2016

There are seven reasons why the Coalition might think things are going well. And the same goes for Labor

WHO will win the election on 2 July? With the first polls registering 50–50, the contest is competitive. The Coalition and Labor both have reasons to be optimistic –...

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28 Apr 2016

By taking the initiative on the dreaded three-letter word, Labor has scored an important win

Federal Labor has released its climate change policy for the election, or at least an outline, and in one crucial respect the opposition can declare mission accomplished.

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15 Apr 2016

If we go ahead with the same-sex marriage and Indigenous recognition referendums, then let's hold them alongside the election. The weight of history is behind such a move, writes Peter Brent.

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