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Day -33: The turn out election

This blog post is 7 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.It is 33 days until Election Day. What has changed in electioneering in Australia since 2010? Obama-style Firstly, I think the progressive parties have watched the Obama campaign very closely. They’ve taken the two most obvious elements of that campaign …

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Australia’s unpopular carbon tax?

This blog post is 7 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Below I have published my latest article from my new Guardian UK column, Southern Crossroads. You can read the article over at The Guardian. [hr] Since the disappointment of Copenhagen in 2009, Australia has witnessed a concerted scare campaign against action on …

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Do polls shape public opinion?

This blog post is 7 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Opinion polls in Australia, like in the USA and England, exercise a powerful influence upon our elected leaders and the media. The weekly and fortnightly polls shape the media landscape, as journalists breathlessly report on the horse-race: are they up …

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Political brands: just a buzzword or a real thing?

This blog post is 7 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Read any number of journalist or blogger commentaries over the last several years and you will have seen the infiltration of marketing terms like “brand”, “positioning”, public relations, image management and more. Obama is the most recognisable example of this …

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