History UsefulNotes / AustralianPolitics

27th Jul '16 10:32:56 PM Laevatein
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** ''The Senate'' is the upper house, where each state is represented by twelve senators and the Australian Capital Territory (or ACT) and Northern Territory by two each.[[note]]Fun fact - some Australians suggested literally replicating the British system and having a House of Lords rather than a Senate. This was scornfully lambasted as the 'bunyip aristocracy', and would have consisted of randomly choosing families to have noble blood thereafter.[[/note]]

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** ''The Senate'' (or, as Paul Keating once called it, the House of Unrepresentative Swill) is the upper house, where each state is represented by twelve senators and the Australian Capital Territory (or ACT) and Northern Territory by two each.[[note]]Fun fact - some Australians suggested literally replicating the British system and having a House of Lords rather than a Senate. This was scornfully lambasted as the 'bunyip aristocracy', and would have consisted of randomly choosing families to have noble blood thereafter.[[/note]]
11th Jul '16 11:20:47 AM JohnPrestwick
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* '''Malcolm Turnbull''' (Liberal Party), since 14 September 2015. When things were getting ''really bad'' for the government, Turnbull finally stepped in and ousted Abbott in a quick and relatively bloodless contest that was over by midnight the day he announced it, with Julie Bishop supporting him as deputy leader of the Liberals. Turnbull's coup was largely welcomed by the Australian public, although it was a nightmare for the hard right, to say the least. For the left, it's a mixed blessing: Turnbull is more moderate than Abbott, but probably harder to beat at the next federal election, which is happening as a double-dissolution election on July 2nd 2016.\\
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However, it turns out making a [[DealWithTheDevil faustian pact]] with the right-wing to gain power may not have been such a smart idea - being unable to pursue policies he actually believes in (such as combating climate change and legalising same-sex marriage) but also uncomfortable with the right-wing direction the government has taken had left Turnbull effectively paralysed in terms of policies until the release of the budget, which was extremely tepid at best, giving Labor the opportunity to fill the void with policies of actual substance, including some that were previously considered politically suicidal, such as scaling back negative gearing and the capital gains discount. Despite claiming that he would actually respect the intelligence of voters and avoid things such as three word slogans, Turnbull proceeded to revert to scare campaigns and slogans the instant Labor actually started releasing policies. The end result of all this is that Turnbull's popularity has plummeted and Labor is back within striking range of actually winning the election. Turnbull and the Coalition ultimately won the 2016 election, but with a wafer-thin majority in the House of Representatives and, despite previously changing the senate rules to avoid "preference gaming" which resulted a rather hostile senate in 2013, [[PyrrhicVictory the government will likely be still facing an equally hostile senate with an even larger cross-bench than before]].

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* '''Malcolm Turnbull''' (Liberal Party), since 14 September 2015. When things were getting ''really bad'' for the government, Turnbull finally stepped in and ousted Abbott in a quick and relatively bloodless contest that was over by midnight the day he announced it, with Julie Bishop supporting him as deputy leader of the Liberals. Turnbull's coup was largely welcomed by the Australian public, although it was a nightmare for the hard right, to say the least. For the left, it's it was a mixed blessing: Turnbull is would be more moderate than Abbott, but probably harder to beat at the next federal election, which is happening as a double-dissolution election on July 2nd 2016.beat.\\
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However, it turns out making a [[DealWithTheDevil faustian pact]] with
By the right-wing to gain power may not have been such a smart idea - being unable to pursue policies he actually believes in (such as combating climate change and legalising same-sex marriage) but also uncomfortable with the right-wing direction the government has taken had left time Turnbull effectively paralysed in terms of policies until the release of the budget, which was extremely tepid at best, giving Labor the opportunity to fill the void with policies of actual substance, including some that were previously considered politically suicidal, such as scaling back negative gearing and the capital gains discount. Despite claiming that he would actually respect the intelligence of voters and avoid things such as three word slogans, Turnbull proceeded to revert to scare campaigns and slogans the instant Labor actually started releasing policies. The end result of all this is that Turnbull's popularity has plummeted and Labor is back within striking range of actually winning the election. Turnbull and the Coalition ultimately won called the 2016 election, his honeymoon was over and he and the Coalition were facing a knife-edged battle to stay in power. They ultimately won, but with a wafer-thin majority in the House of Representatives and, despite previously changing the senate rules to avoid "preference gaming" which resulted a rather hostile senate Senate in 2013, [[PyrrhicVictory the government will likely be still facing an equally hostile senate Senate with an even larger cross-bench than before]].
11th Jul '16 7:08:53 AM ClatoLawa
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However, it turns out making a [[DealWithTheDevil faustian pact]] with the right-wing to gain power may not have been such a smart idea - being unable to pursue policies he actually believes in (such as combating climate change and legalising same-sex marriage) but also uncomfortable with the right-wing direction the government has taken had left Turnbull effectively paralysed in terms of policies until the release of the budget, which was extremely tepid at best, giving Labor the opportunity to fill the void with policies of actual substance, including some that were previously considered politically suicidal, such as scaling back negative gearing and the capital gains discount. Despite claiming that he would actually respect the intelligence of voters and avoid things such as three word slogans, Turnbull proceeded to revert to scare campaigns and slogans the instant Labor actually started releasing policies. The end result of all this is that Turnbull's popularity has plummeted and Labor is back within striking range of actually winning the election. And if the polls are of any indication, despite changing the senate rules to avoid "preference gaming" which resulted a rather hostile senate, [[PyrrhicVictory the government will likely be still facing an equally hostile senate with the government itself having greatly diminished numbers in both houses even if it wins.]]

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However, it turns out making a [[DealWithTheDevil faustian pact]] with the right-wing to gain power may not have been such a smart idea - being unable to pursue policies he actually believes in (such as combating climate change and legalising same-sex marriage) but also uncomfortable with the right-wing direction the government has taken had left Turnbull effectively paralysed in terms of policies until the release of the budget, which was extremely tepid at best, giving Labor the opportunity to fill the void with policies of actual substance, including some that were previously considered politically suicidal, such as scaling back negative gearing and the capital gains discount. Despite claiming that he would actually respect the intelligence of voters and avoid things such as three word slogans, Turnbull proceeded to revert to scare campaigns and slogans the instant Labor actually started releasing policies. The end result of all this is that Turnbull's popularity has plummeted and Labor is back within striking range of actually winning the election. And if Turnbull and the polls are Coalition ultimately won the 2016 election, but with a wafer-thin majority in the House of any indication, Representatives and, despite previously changing the senate rules to avoid "preference gaming" which resulted a rather hostile senate, senate in 2013, [[PyrrhicVictory the government will likely be still facing an equally hostile senate with the government itself having greatly diminished numbers in both houses an even if it wins.]]
larger cross-bench than before]].
11th Jul '16 5:42:59 AM TheHoff779
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* '''Palmer United Party''': A very new party from Queensland, founded in 2013 by billionaire Clive Palmer [[StartMyOwn after his very public split from the LNP]]; originally named the United Australia Party, ostensibly as a relaunch of the older party of the same name, it had to change its name due to a conflict with an existing micro-party called the ''Uniting'' Australia Party. Performed better than anyone expected in the 2013 federal election, winning three seats in the Senate (giving them the balance of power in that chamber) and one seat in the House (held by Palmer himself). Their policies are best described as "right-wing populist": they include saving $5 billion on boat people sea patrols and detention by flying applicants to Australia for processing, supporting the Gonski education reforms, axing the carbon tax, and better exploiting Australia's natural wealth. Has proven to be a complete WildCard, basically becoming a massive thorn in the Abbott government's side by opposing most of the more radical measures in the infamous 2014 budget, and [[AttentionWhore Palmer basically doing anything on the spur of the moment that might get him attention]] and/or to [[{{Troll}} fuck around with the government to get what he wants.]] As of March 2015, two of the three senators noted above have split from the party and become Independents, making the party's name hilariously ironic. The (likely) final nail in the party's coffin arrived in the 2016 election when (at time of writing with ~80% of the votes counted) they failed to break 400 votes [[EpicFail nationwide.]]

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* '''Palmer United Party''': A very new party from Queensland, founded in 2013 by billionaire Clive Palmer [[StartMyOwn after his very public split from the LNP]]; originally named the United Australia Party, ostensibly as a relaunch of the older party of the same name, it had to change its name due to a conflict with an existing micro-party called the ''Uniting'' Australia Party. Performed better than anyone expected in the 2013 federal election, winning three seats in the Senate (giving them the balance of power in that chamber) and one seat in the House (held by Palmer himself). Their policies are best described as "right-wing populist": they include saving $5 billion on boat people sea patrols and detention by flying applicants to Australia for processing, supporting the Gonski education reforms, axing the carbon tax, and better exploiting Australia's natural wealth. Has proven to be a complete WildCard, basically becoming a massive thorn in the Abbott government's side by opposing most of the more radical measures in the infamous 2014 budget, and [[AttentionWhore Palmer basically doing anything on the spur of the moment that might get him attention]] and/or to [[{{Troll}} fuck around with the government to get what he wants.]] As of March 2015, two of the three senators noted above have split from the party and become Independents, making the party's name hilariously ironic. The (likely) final nail in the party's coffin arrived in the 2016 election when (at time of writing with ~80% of the votes counted) they failed to break 400 300 votes [[EpicFail nationwide.]]
10th Jul '16 7:01:01 AM Doc_Loki
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Since this sets up room for plenty of conflict, there exists a procedure called a '''double dissolution'''. If the Senate rejects bills from the House of Representatives under certain conditions, the government can dissolve ''both'' chambers. In this case, each state elects 12 senators in one go and they take their seats immediately. The next Senate changeover takes place in the third month of July to occur after the election, so another Senate election must be take place before then. There have been 6 double dissolutions in the history of Australia - the most recent was in 1987.

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Since this sets up room for plenty of conflict, there exists a procedure called a '''double dissolution'''. If the Senate rejects bills from the House of Representatives under certain conditions, the government can dissolve ''both'' chambers. In this case, each state elects 12 senators in one go and they take their seats immediately. The next Senate changeover takes place in the third month of July to occur after the election, so another Senate election must be take place before then. There have been 6 7 double dissolutions in the history of Australia - the most recent was in 1987.
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3rd Jul '16 1:57:35 AM TheHoff779
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* '''Palmer United Party''': A very new party from Queensland, founded in 2013 by billionaire Clive Palmer [[StartMyOwn after his very public split from the LNP]]; originally named the United Australia Party, ostensibly as a relaunch of the older party of the same name, it had to change its name due to a conflict with an existing micro-party called the ''Uniting'' Australia Party. Performed better than anyone expected in the 2013 federal election, winning three seats in the Senate (giving them the balance of power in that chamber) and one seat in the House (held by Palmer himself). Their policies are best described as "right-wing populist": they include saving $5 billion on boat people sea patrols and detention by flying applicants to Australia for processing, supporting the Gonski education reforms, axing the carbon tax, and better exploiting Australia's natural wealth. Has proven to be a complete WildCard, basically becoming a massive thorn in the Abbott government's side by opposing most of the more radical measures in the infamous 2014 budget, and [[AttentionWhore Palmer basically doing anything on the spur of the moment that might get him attention]] and/or to [[{{Troll}} fuck around with the government to get what he wants.]] As of March 2015, two of the three senators noted above have split from the party and become Independents, making the party's name hilariously ironic. The (likely) final nail in the party's coffin arrived in the 2016 election when (at time of writing with ~80% of the votes counted) they failed to break 400 voats [[EpicFail nationwide.]]

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* '''Palmer United Party''': A very new party from Queensland, founded in 2013 by billionaire Clive Palmer [[StartMyOwn after his very public split from the LNP]]; originally named the United Australia Party, ostensibly as a relaunch of the older party of the same name, it had to change its name due to a conflict with an existing micro-party called the ''Uniting'' Australia Party. Performed better than anyone expected in the 2013 federal election, winning three seats in the Senate (giving them the balance of power in that chamber) and one seat in the House (held by Palmer himself). Their policies are best described as "right-wing populist": they include saving $5 billion on boat people sea patrols and detention by flying applicants to Australia for processing, supporting the Gonski education reforms, axing the carbon tax, and better exploiting Australia's natural wealth. Has proven to be a complete WildCard, basically becoming a massive thorn in the Abbott government's side by opposing most of the more radical measures in the infamous 2014 budget, and [[AttentionWhore Palmer basically doing anything on the spur of the moment that might get him attention]] and/or to [[{{Troll}} fuck around with the government to get what he wants.]] As of March 2015, two of the three senators noted above have split from the party and become Independents, making the party's name hilariously ironic. The (likely) final nail in the party's coffin arrived in the 2016 election when (at time of writing with ~80% of the votes counted) they failed to break 400 voats votes [[EpicFail nationwide.]]
3rd Jul '16 1:56:15 AM TheHoff779
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* '''Palmer United Party''': A very new party from Queensland, founded in 2013 by billionaire Clive Palmer [[StartMyOwn after his very public split from the LNP]]; originally named the United Australia Party, ostensibly as a relaunch of the older party of the same name, it had to change its name due to a conflict with an existing micro-party called the ''Uniting'' Australia Party. Performed better than anyone expected in the 2013 federal election, winning three seats in the Senate (giving them the balance of power in that chamber) and one seat in the House (held by Palmer himself). Their policies are best described as "right-wing populist": they include saving $5 billion on boat people sea patrols and detention by flying applicants to Australia for processing, supporting the Gonski education reforms, axing the carbon tax, and better exploiting Australia's natural wealth. Has proven to be a complete WildCard, basically becoming a massive thorn in the Abbott government's side by opposing most of the more radical measures in the infamous 2014 budget, and [[AttentionWhore Palmer basically doing anything on the spur of the moment that might get him attention]] and/or to [[{{Troll}} fuck around with the government to get what he wants.]] As of March 2015, two of the three senators noted above have split from the party and become Independents, making the party's name hilariously ironic.

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* '''Palmer United Party''': A very new party from Queensland, founded in 2013 by billionaire Clive Palmer [[StartMyOwn after his very public split from the LNP]]; originally named the United Australia Party, ostensibly as a relaunch of the older party of the same name, it had to change its name due to a conflict with an existing micro-party called the ''Uniting'' Australia Party. Performed better than anyone expected in the 2013 federal election, winning three seats in the Senate (giving them the balance of power in that chamber) and one seat in the House (held by Palmer himself). Their policies are best described as "right-wing populist": they include saving $5 billion on boat people sea patrols and detention by flying applicants to Australia for processing, supporting the Gonski education reforms, axing the carbon tax, and better exploiting Australia's natural wealth. Has proven to be a complete WildCard, basically becoming a massive thorn in the Abbott government's side by opposing most of the more radical measures in the infamous 2014 budget, and [[AttentionWhore Palmer basically doing anything on the spur of the moment that might get him attention]] and/or to [[{{Troll}} fuck around with the government to get what he wants.]] As of March 2015, two of the three senators noted above have split from the party and become Independents, making the party's name hilariously ironic. The (likely) final nail in the party's coffin arrived in the 2016 election when (at time of writing with ~80% of the votes counted) they failed to break 400 voats [[EpicFail nationwide.]]




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** She won a seat in the 2016 election, seemingly by accident.
2nd Jul '16 6:31:13 PM Laevatein
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** "Donkey voting" is a type of formal (valid) vote, where the voter just numbers each box, consecutively 1-onwards, this is usually an "I don't care vote" but it can be helpful if there is a lot of candidates in a lower house election because a lower house ticket must be completely filled to be valid. Unfortunately, most media outlets, and thus most voters, use the terms informal and donkey interchangeably. They are not.

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** "Donkey voting" is nothing to do with the US Democrats[[note]]who have a donkey as their mascot[[/note]], but rather a type of formal (valid) vote, where the voter just numbers each box, consecutively 1-onwards, this is usually an "I don't care vote" but it can be helpful if there is a lot of candidates in a lower house election because a lower house ticket must be completely filled to be valid. Unfortunately, most media outlets, and thus most voters, use the terms informal and donkey interchangeably. They are not.
29th Jun '16 3:45:52 AM daveydaveson
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Howard was a divisive Prime Minister. Controversies include: switching back to supporting the GST before the 1998 election, the resignation of one of the Governor-Generals he appointed, support for Bush's foreign policy and denying climate change. The last straw was the introduction of his [=WorkChoices=] program in 2007, which gave huge amounts of power to employers in bargaining & contracting while massively undercutting workers' ability to collectively bargain -- he lost the election that year, and became the second ever sitting PM of Australia to lose his seat (the first being Stanley Bruce in 1929). Depicted in a negative light in ''Keating! The Musical'', and generally despised by the Australian left. A whole lot of (anti) political music has been written about him (see ''Like A Dog'' by Powderfinger and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHbXfSJNhXE The King is Dead]]'' by The Herd for some examples).

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Howard was a divisive Prime Minister. Controversies include: switching back to supporting the GST before the 1998 election, the resignation of one of the Governor-Generals he appointed, support for Bush's foreign policy and denying climate change. The last straw was the introduction of his [=WorkChoices=] program in 2007, which gave huge amounts of power to employers in bargaining & contracting while massively undercutting workers' ability to collectively bargain -- he lost the election that year, and became the second ever sitting PM of Australia to lose his seat (the first being Stanley Bruce in 1929). Depicted in a negative light in ''Keating! The Musical'', and generally despised by the Australian left. A whole lot of (anti) political music has been written about him (see ''Like A Dog'' by Powderfinger and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHbXfSJNhXE The King is Dead]]'' by The Herd for some examples). Of particular note for enacting Australia's now-famous gun control laws following the Port Arthur Massacre of 1996, an act that is generally viewed in a positive light throughout the nation.
29th Jun '16 3:20:26 AM daveydaveson
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There is also a Deputy Prime Minister. In a Labor Government the Deputy PM is also the deputy leader of the Labor Party, and in a Coalition government s/he is the leader of the smaller party in the Coalition (the Nationals). The Deputy PM's main responsibility is to step in as Acting PM in the event of the Prime Minister being overseas, incapacitated or dead. The current Deputy Prime Minister is Warren Truss.

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There is also a Deputy Prime Minister. In a Labor Government the Deputy PM is also the deputy leader of the Labor Party, and in a Coalition government s/he is the leader of the smaller party in the Coalition (the Nationals). The Deputy PM's main responsibility is to step in as Acting PM in the event of the Prime Minister being overseas, incapacitated or dead. The current Deputy Prime Minister is Warren Truss.
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