Tallyroom Podcast – the first week of the Australian Federal election

This week I joined Ben Raue and Paddy Manning on the Tallyroom Podcast to talk about the latest Australian federal election polls, seats where independents are challenging the Coalition, and the conclusion of the NSW upper house count. You can listen to us here.

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Red is the new black: Support for and attitudes towards socialism in Australia and the United States

Socialism is back. Well known for their love of avocados and Netflix, Millennials are now also apparently embracing the radical leftist politics of economic equality and public ownership of the means of production. That it is young people who are seen as supporting socialism is not surprising. This support is embodied (in the United States) …

In the news

I've conducted a couple of interviews lately that I haven't posted here. Last night, the ABC launched Vote Compass for the 2019 Australian federal election. I spoke with Ashleigh Raper about how this is a tool that can be used by voters to find out where their issue preferences sit in relation to the policy …

Did the Australian Labor Party’s 2016 ‘Mediscare’ Campaign Work?

On the night of 2 July, 2016, following what was a mostly tepid national election campaign, the (then) Liberal Party prime minister Malcolm Turnbull launched a tirade on national television, asserting that the tactics used by the Labor Party over previous weeks had involved ‘some of the most systematic, well-funded lies ever peddled in Australia’. …

Very legal and very cool: public opinion on Trump, Russia and the Mueller investigation

In January 2017, the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence assessed that Russian President Vladimir Putin orchestrated a campaign designed to harm the electoral chances of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, faith in the US electoral system, and increase political instability in the United States. Since Trump's inauguration, these questions over the extent of …

What are the mid-terms?

The United States midterm elections are being held on Tuesday, 6 November. This offers the first nationwide referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump. Presidential elections are held every four years, in conjunction with votes for congress, state governors and other positions. Midterm elections are held half-way between presidential elections (in the middle of a …

Republicans and Democrats are more polarised on immigration than parties in the UK or Australia

This is something I wrote up a while ago but did not get the chance to post here until now. Queensland Senator Fraser Anning’s widely condemned call for a “final solution” to the Australia’s “immigration problem” the other month should not be viewed in isolation. While his rhetoric was stronger than what we’re used to …

America’s trust deficit

Compared to Australia, the United States has a trust problem. Recent polling we commissioned from YouGov, surveying both Australians and Americans, showed Australians consistently reporting higher levels of trust than Americans. It didn’t matter what we asked about — the national government, state governments, family and friends, media, political parties — Australians appear to be …