Election 2016

Commentary

Article

3 May 2017

One of the most vexed questions about the last election, at least among conservatives, is whether Tony Abbott could have won if he had remained prime minister.

And the answer? No, he couldn’t have. At least, not if you accept newly released findings from...

Audio interview

Audio program

5 Jul 2016

As the major political parties keep a close eye on the election count, there's a bit of contingency planning going on, with the Coalition and Labor reaching out to the crossbenchers. This is potentially only the second minority government at a federal level since 1940....

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4 Jul 2016

The Prime Minister says he remains 'quietly confident' the Coalition will be able to form a majority government in the Lower House. But even if it does, it will be wafer thin, with a minority government still the more likely option—and with no control of...

Commentary

Article

29 Jun 2016

When Kevin Rudd and his people burst forth with their “Kevin ’07” election slogan nine years ago, social media was seen primarily as a dramatic symbol of generational change: Rudd was the future; John Howard was the past.

In this election, social media has...

Discussion paper

29 Jun 2016

What are politicians saying at this Federal election in relation to seniors from multicultural backgrounds?

As part of The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria’s (ECCV) policy advocacy on behalf of seniors from non-English speaking backgrounds, ECCV wrote letters to the Greens, Australian Labor Party,...

Website

28 Jun 2016

The Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 outlines arrangements under which the Secretaries of the Treasury and the Department of Finance (Finance) may be requested to cost election commitments during the caretaker period for a general election.

In accordance with the Act, the Government,...

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27 Jun 2016

Billions of dollars worth of spending has been promised during this election campaign on transport infrastructure around the country. Now a Grattan Institute analysis of the promises has found many of the projects have no business case whatsoever. The research also highlights that viable projects...

Commentary

24 Jun 2016

Most Australians who take an interest in politics, at least those of a certain age, remember that John Hewson's policy in 1993 to introduce a 15 per cent GST lost him the unloseable election to Paul Keating. Except that is not quite right. There was...

Briefing paper

Report

22 Jun 2016

Ahead of federal elections, The Climate Institute does an assessment of the major parties' policies. In mid 2016, we find that all party policies need work to become credible, scalable and durable.

Policies are 'credible if they explicitly link to shared, meaningful, climate outcomes...

Commentary

Article

22 Jun 2016

In this election, for the first time in a long time, South Australia is a live state - where the results will likely have a significant impact on the national picture (especially in the Senate) and where the result in a number of seats is...

Video lecture/presentation

22 Jun 2016

In the run-up to the 2016 federal election, the Pre-Election Legal Affairs Debate featured the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, and the Shadow-Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP.

The debate explored the policies of the Coalition and the Australian Labor Party...

Policy

20 Jun 2016

Key Commitments

Australia’s cities are home to the majority of our population and responsible for more than 80 per cent of national economic output. Liveable, accessible cities with clean environments are now essential economic assets.

In the knowledge economy, people are our...

Manifesto

20 Jun 2016

The Australian Computer Society, – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – has released its Federal Election Manifesto, identifying five key policy areas that must be addressed if Australia is to secure its economic future in the information age.

1. Digital skills...

Commentary

Article

17 Jun 2016

The Northern Territory is but a petite player in federal politics. It has only two lower house MPs and two senators, the fewest of any of Australia’s jurisdictions.

But NT politics is never dull, with two headline-grabbing resignations during the federal campaign so far:...

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16 Jun 2016

Labor has pledged $100 million as a lifeline for the Whyalla steelworkers. Professor Jim Minifie, Productivity Growth Program Director at the Melbourne-based Grattan Institute, describes it as poorly thought out corporate welfare that won't benefit workers in the long term, but will reward poor management...

Policy

10 Jun 2016

Australia’s World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s most treasured natural asset.

The Reef is the largest living structure on the planet and is one of its most complex natural ecosystems. It is rightly valued by the Australian and international community as a...

Policy

10 Jun 2016

The original Labor National Broadband Network would have delivered optic fibre to 93 per cent of homes and businesses, providing speeds of up to one gigabit per second on a network easily scalable to much higher speeds in the future.

In 2013, Malcolm Turnbull...

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9 Jun 2016

We are here today, the 9th of June 2016, in Redfern where in 1992 Prime Minister Paul Keating spoke truth about this nation – that the disadvantage faced by First Peoples affects and is the responsibility of all Australians.

In the past 25 years...

Discussion paper

9 Jun 2016

Public opinion polls indicate that voters regularly rank economic issues at the top of their list of concerns and priorities when electing their governments. In response, it is not surprising that political candidates emphasize their economic credentials in appealing for voter support. The current federal...

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2 Jun 2016

The rise of protest politics in nations like the United States, Austria, Britain and France has seen a resurgence of populist movements and extremist political candidates on the right and the left.

But in Australia, this era of political instability seems to have produced...