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So here we are, only three weeks after an election at which voters made it clear we’d grown tired of the major parties and their shenanigans. And yet the silly political games continue. A record 23 per cent of Australians voted for candidates from non-major parties this election. Instead of recognising this voting trend as […]

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With the election hanging in the balance, it is difficult to see a safe path for Malcolm Turnbull to navigate through the minefield that he alone has created.

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After an eight-week campaign it’s understandable if you have switched off. Here’s how you can catch up before making the big decision.

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The opposition’s efforts to pitch every policy debate as a battle between “us and them” may not have galvanised voter support in the way Labor wished.

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Malcolm Turnbull’s campaign speech confronted the challenges that Labor or a hung parliament pose, but it’s the spectre of Tony Abbott that could prove to be his greatest political battle.

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Labor Leader Bill Shorten’s election “launch” speech was a rally-cry for party faithful, but it also took a turn towards another scare campaign that just made the party look desperate.

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Only 30 per cent of members of the Australian Parliament are women and that’s just not good enough.

Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to preference Labor ahead of the Greens helps his campaign to undermine the minor parties, but it also suggests Coalition strategists are increasingly confident they have the election in the bag.

With nearly a third of people expected to cast their vote before election day, campaign strategists are tweaking their messages now and giving us an insight into what is biting in marginal seats.