Dump Albo call as heartland vote tanks

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 1 : 18-Jan-21

The Construction. Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union’s national political organiser Elizabeth Doidge says Labor leader Anthony Albanese must be ousted ahead of the next election. This follows the release of polling on behalf of key building industry unions which suggests that Labor is set to lose the Hunter Valley electorates of Shortland and Paterson at the next election. Doidge says the polling, which was undertaken in November, shows that Labor cannot win the election with Albanese as its leader. She says Tanya Plibersek would make a "fantastic leader".

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CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

PM rejects election drive as Labor clears deck for early poll

Original article by Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 4 : 6-Jan-21

A recent newspaper article has claimed that most Coalition MPs are expecting a federal election to be held between August and November. However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on 5 January that his view on the government going full term had not changed, with Morrison noting the election is not due until 2022. He said he had enough to do in 2021 in dealing with the pandemic and helping the economy to recover to think about an election. Having recently shelved former leader Bill Shorten’s controversial franking credit policies, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has arguably put Labor on an "early election footing"

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

$100m sport grants biased

Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 16-Jan-20

Auditor-General Grant Hehir has released a report which shows that marginal seats held by the Coalition were among the biggest recipients of grants to ‘grassroots’ sporting groups ahead of the May 2019 federal election. Former sports minister Bridget McKenzie approved the grants, and Hehir found that she failed to take into consideration the recommendations of Sport Australia when allocating the money. The report notes that the grants also favoured seats that the Coalition believed that it could win at the election.

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AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR-GENERAL, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE, SPORT AUSTRALIA

ALP review: Labor is weak, risky and unpopular

Original article by Geoff Chambers, Simon Benson, Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: Online : 8-Nov-19

Labor leader Anthony Albanese will use a speech to the National Press Club on 8 November to respond to Craig Emerson and Jay Weatherill’s post-election review of the party. Albanese is expected to endorse all 26 of their recommendations, while the review listed 60 ‘findings’. Emerson and Weatherill stated Labor’s inability to adapt its strategy to tackle Scott Morrison and a "cluttered policy agenda that looked risky" were key factors behind what was its third successive federal election defeat. They said Labor should not abandon its commitment to social justice, but that it should avoid becoming a "grievance-focused organisation".

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Parties urge shorter pre-polling time

Original article by Geoff Chambers
The Australian – Page: 6 : 24-Oct-19

The issue of early voting in federal elections came under scrutiny by the joint standing committee on electoral matters on 23 October. Andrew Hirst, the Liberal Party’s federal director, told the committee’s inquiry into the 18 May election that the pre-polling period should be reduced from three weeks to two, while the number of pre-polling centres should be reduced to 2013 levels. He argued that pre-polling means that many people have voted before political parties have released their key election policies.

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AUSTRALIA. JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL MATTERS, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION, GETUP LIMITED

$65 million and counting, Clive Palmer labels Labor as sore losers on election spend

Original article by Samantha Maiden
The New Daily – Page: Online : 21-Oct-19

It is expected that businessman Clive Palmer’s advertising expenditure on the last federal election will be somewhere around $65 million to $70 million when he lodges his final expenditure statement with the Australian Electoral Commission. Labor has apparently blamed Palmer’s extensive advertising as one of the factors behind its defeat, but Palmer has rejected its calls for a cap on advertising expenditure. He says Labor was happy for him to spend as much as he liked when it appeared that he would be giving them his preferences.

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AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Review: Labor base rejected handouts

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 21-Oct-19

Labor’s review into its surprise 18 May federal election loss is due to be presented to its National Executive on 5 November. It is expected to conclude that a number of factors led to the defeat, including a poor election campaign and the unpopularity of then-leader Bill Shorten. The review is also expected to find that voters who were meant to benefit from Labor’s so-called ‘tax and spend’ agenda deserted it, while those who were targeted by it stuck with Labor.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Regrets, GetUp has a few, over hard-right assault

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 6 : 17-Oct-19

GetUp’s national director Paul Oosting has told the National Press Club that he is proud of the activist group’s campaign during the 18 May federal election. However, he concedes that GetUp erred in targeting conservative MPs in traditionally safe seats, with five of the six seats that it focused on having been retained by the Coalition. Oosting says GetUp choose this strategy as it had expected Labor to win the election.

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GETUP LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN GREENS

Labor climate policy put fear of God in people and alienated blue-collar base

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 7 : 15-Oct-19

Cathy O’Toole lost the Queensland seat of Herbert at the 18 May federal election; it was the only seat in central and north Queensland that Labor lost in a dismal performance in the state. O’Toole says Labor must rethink its climate change policy in the wake of the election loss, arguing that the policy had alienated Labor’s traditional blue-collar voter base. She has ruled out contesting the seat at the next election.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, ADANI MINING PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN GREENS

A $31.9 million election bill leaves Labor in the red

Original article by Samantha Maiden
The New Daily – Page: Online : 7-Oct-19

Labor is facing a budget deficit of about $900,000 after its primary vote in the 18 May federal election was lower than expected. Labor had anticipated a primary vote of 36 per cent, but it was about 33 per cent. As a result, Labor will receive $24.6m from taxpayers under public funding rules, which is around $2m lower than expected. The Liberal Party will receive around $27.8m and the Greens in turn will receive about $7.67m. Meanwhile, Labor’s financial documents show that the party spend $31.9m on its election campaign.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN GREENS