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

Budget 2016 breakdown

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Treasurer Scott Morrison will be unveiling the federal budget at 7.30 tonight, amidst much speculation as to contents and whether it will win the foundering coalition the upcoming election. The usual tax cuts and funding bonuses will be announced, but what do we know for sure? ANU’s Professor Quentin Grafton broke it down for us.

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”.

PM Turnbull asked to lobby US Congress re: TPP

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (September 6, 2012) Deputy United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis (third from right) poses with trade ministers from Trans-Pacific Countries (Bruno Ferrari Garcia de Alba, Mexico; Craig Emerson, Australia; Lim Jock Seng, Brunei; Alfredo Moreno, Chile; Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysia; Tim Groser, New Zealand; Jose Luis Silva Martinot, Peru; Lim Hng Kiang, Singapore; Demetrios Marantis, United States; Vu Huy Hoang, Vietnam; Edward Fast, Canada).  [State Department photo by William Ng]

The US Ambassador to Australia has asked Prime Minister Turnbull to lobby members of Congress in support of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) legislation to be considered by Congress later this year. Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network says if this surprising advice is followed, the PM will face an uphill battle to convince members of Congress to support the TPP.  

Turnbull announces new cabinet

Prime Minister Tony Abbott listens to communications minister Malcolm Turnbull during House of Representatives question time at Parliament House Canberra, June 2, 2014. (AAP Image/Alan Porritt) NO ARCHIVING

Last Sunday, 20 September, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced his new cabinet, which saw some old faces in new roles, as well as some new faces stepping up to the front bench. I spoke to Associate Professor and Political Science academic, Sarah Maddison, about these changes and the Australian public’s perception of them.

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.

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