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The myth that gripped a nation

November 1, 2017 - 12:38 -- Admin

One of the great myths of modern Australian politics — that punishing refugees and asylum seekers is good politics — has its origins in John Howard’s 2001 election victory, which many commentators attributed to his tough treatment of boat arrivals. Hostility towards “boat people” certainly existed before then, but the fact that Howard won that election against all odds (or so the myth goes) turbocharged the belief that this was a politically potent issue.

The myth that grips a nation

November 1, 2017 - 12:21 -- Admin

One of the great myths of modern Australian politics — that punishing refugees and asylum seekers is good politics — has its origins in John Howard’s 2001 election victory, which many commentators attributed to his tough treatment of boat arrivals. Hostility towards “boat people” certainly existed before then, but the fact that Howard won that election against all odds (or so the myth goes) turbocharged the belief that this was a politically potent issue.

Perplexing the poll-watchers

October 30, 2017 - 12:51 -- Admin

Queenslanders will vote on 25 November, and when it comes to the likely outcome, the opinion polls tell us… well, very little.

If recently polled primary-voting intentions were replicated on election day, either side could have a big win in the ninety-three-strong chamber. But One Nation, registering in the high teens in the polls, is in with a chance for several seats, and that makes a hung parliament less unlikely than hung parliaments usually are.

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