LNP cabinet sworn in

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Malcolm Turnbull’s new government is being sworn in today, but there are a couple of aspects of his new ministry that has political commentators worried. Political scientist Sarah Maddison says the increased National presence in cabinet doesn’t match up with voter’s attitudes, and the lack of female-held portfolios is disappointing, but typical of the LNP.

Election leaves Turnbull a hollow man

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Whatever the final seat count, the 2016 election hasn’t been what Malcolm Turnbull planned. At best, Turnbull will be forming a government with only a narrow majority. In a much-less-desirable outcome, he’ll be negotiating with minor parties and independents to form a minority government in a hung parliament.

Associate Professor Sarah Maddison says the future isn’t looking great for Malcolm Turnbull. Continue reading Election leaves Turnbull a hollow man

Double dissolution: what does it mean?

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It’s on… again. Malcolm Turnbull has set July 2 as a tentative date for the double dissolution, after his ABCC bill was again rejected by senate. Melbourne University’s Professor Sarah Maddison was available to talk about Labor’s gains in the polls and Turnbull’s “D-Day”.

Return of Turnbull to Liberal party power

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September 14 was a tumultuous day for Australian politics. At 4pm Malcolm Turnbull announced he was challenging Tony Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party, at 6pm Tony Abbott spoke out, at 9.15 they had a vote, and by 9.45 there was a new leader of the Liberal Party. Is this indicative of a larger trend? And what changes might Malcolm Turnbull have in store for his party and for Australia? I spoke to Melbourne University’s Associate Professor Sarah Maddison about this.

Greens say: Prosecute Bishop

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It’s been going on for nearly a week now, spawning innumerable memes and much public discussion, and it even has its own name: choppergate. When Bronwyn Bishop used taxpayer money to charter that top-of-the-line helicopter for transport, you have to wonder if she realised the public outcry that would follow. I spoke to Greens senator and democracy spokesperson Lee Rhiannon about the Greens stance on this, as well as their recommendations for resolving it.

4ZZZ Headlines (Pt. 6)

– Moreton Federal Candidates Debate
– Platypus Deaths Sparks Demand for Law Reform
– Aussies Losing Battle of the Bulge
– Aussie Fishers Demand Recognition
– New Papers Show Communication Between Settlers and Indigenous Australians
– Cancer Drug to be Subsidised
– Brisbane Festival Light Show to Have New Twist Continue reading 4ZZZ Headlines (Pt. 6)

4ZZZ Headlines (Pt. 5)

– Queensland Multicultural Week Nearing
– Report Released on Australian Air Quality
– Recreational Fishing Survey Released
– ‘The Queensland Plan’ Deadline Looms
– New Initiative for Young Tech-Heads
– Nigerian Islamist Leader Shot Dead
– New Hope For Breast Cancer Patients
– $100,000 Funding Announced for Fortitude Valley
– Journalist’s Partner Held for Nine Hours (and the journalists’s response) Continue reading 4ZZZ Headlines (Pt. 5)

4ZZZ Headlines (Pt. 2)

– Freedom Flotilla Welcomed To Brisbane.
– Painkiller Misuse Cause Of Deaths In Outback NSW
– Anti-Hendra research set back by six months
– UQ Union Elections Underway
– Brisbane oil spill ensnares birds
– Mars rover to celebrate arrival anniversary Continue reading 4ZZZ Headlines (Pt. 2)