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

New site simplifies political data

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As we approach the 2016 Australian Federal election, there hasn’t been a more important time to understand who is donating to our political parties. A new web site (politicaldonations.info) provides an easy way to visualise political donations over all years for which the AEC provides data. Continue reading New site simplifies political data

Should vote counting code be public?

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A team of Australian researchers believe the code used to count votes in the federal election should be made public, after they found problems in the code of the 2012 NSW local government elections. Dr Vanessa Teague is a member of this team, and says it would be good for democracy, and good for the Electoral Commissions, to make election-related source code public before an election.

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”.

Brazil’s president facing impeachment

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Brazil’s lower house has passed a vote to begin the impeachment processes of their President Dilma Rousseff. The case now passes to the senate, who will also vote on whether the president used money from state-owned banks to cover a budget deficit during her re-election campaign. However the turmoil goes deeper than this issue, as Dr Tom Chodor explains.

Enoggera ward candidates speak about election

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http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/sites/default/files/alp-greens_enoggera_kara_080316.mp3 Local council elections are coming up in just a few weeks, on March 19. The Enoggera Ward is part of Brisbane City Council, encompassing many of the North Western Suburbs. At 14%, it’s a very safe LNP seat. This election, there are three candidates running for the ward, LNP incumbent Andrew Wines; ALP candidate Amanda Ronan-Hearn; and Greens candidate Kirsty Ksiazek. I spoke to Amanda, and Greens Lord Mayoral candidate Ben Pennings, who stood in for Kirsty, about what they’re running for, and how they’re different. Councillor Andrew Wines was contacted, but was unavailable for interview.

Greens support Qld Premier’s vote to #LetThemStay

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The Queensland Greens have expressed support for the Premier’s offer of support and assistance to asylum seekers currently in the Queensland community. Greens spokesperson Andrew Bartlett says Annastacia Palaszczuk is right to say that these people deserve our compassion and support.

Senate voting bill to be considered

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The Greens have welcomed news that a bill for Senate voting reform will be introduced into parliament this week, calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to back the changes that are supported by many within his own party. Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Bill will end the era of back room party preference deals.