The final act in the Australian election campaign for 2016.
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(July 10, 2016) Day 64 – Victory for Coalition
Labor concedes defeat
- ABC News reported, “Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has conceded electoral defeat, as the Coalition edges towards a wafer-thin majority in federal parliament.”: Bill Shorten concedes Labor defeat.
- Matthew Knott reported, “Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says the Nationals will “drive a hard bargain” in the next Parliament, including a likely extra position in cabinet, but that he wants to keep secret the conditions of a written agreement to be signed with the Liberal Party.”: Barnaby Joyce wants Coalition agreement to be secret.
Truth in political advertising
- Adam Gartrell reported, “Australians overwhelmingly want truth in political advertising laws as part of a crackdown on false and misleading scare campaigns.”: No more ‘Mediscares’: Australians want political truth in advertising laws.
Pauline Hanson rakes it in
- Adam Gartrell reported, “Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party is on track to get almost $1.2 million in electoral funding from taxpayers.”: Pauline Hanson: How success (and failure) has resulted in $1.2 million payday.
Tax cuts to follow
- Heath Aston reported, “The Turnbull Government will proceed with all elements of the 2016 budget, including its controversial corporate tax cuts, superannuation changes and ongoing Medicare-related savings, despite its looser-than-expected grip on power and a potentially hostile Senate.”: Turnbull Government will push ahead with 2016 Budget despite questions over mandate, says cabinet secretary Arthur Sinodinos.
(July 9, 2016) Day 63 – Senate save us
- Malcolm Sutton reported, “Australia’s Federal Government faces the “biggest crossbench since Federation”, Senator Nick Xenophon has declared, after his new Parliamentary colleagues had their first informal meeting.”: A Senate can save the Government from itself, Nick Xenophon says.
George Christensen investigation
- Cameron Atfield reported, “The Australian Federal Police is still evaluating a complaint of alleged electoral bribery against newly re-elected George Christensen, leading to calls from the Queensland MP for the process to be sped up.”: Dawson MP George Christensen still awaiting AFP decision.
(July 8, 2016) Day 62 – Election winning machine
Antony Green calls it for Coalition
- Anna Henderson and Francis Keany reported, “ABC election analyst Antony Green says there is no doubt Malcolm Turnbull will be returned as Prime Minister, and the Coalition could secure 77 seats and win majority government.”: Antony Green says Malcolm Turnbull will be returned as Prime Minister.
Andrew Wilkie will support Turnbull Government
Cathy McGowan will support Turnbull Government
- Gareth Hutchens reported, “McGowan says she will maintain independence while backing government on supply and matters of confidence”: Cathy McGowan offers to support Coalition after meeting with Malcolm Turnbull.
Tasmania senate votes
- Stephen Smiley reported, “New Senate voting rules have allowed Tasmanians to display their eclectic political preferences, according to analysts and scrutineers tallying the ballots.”: Tasmanians’ Senate votes go ‘just all over the place’, analyst says.
S&P confirms negative rating action
- Liz Hobday reported, “Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said Australia’s parliamentary gridlock was behind its decision to downgrade the country’s credit rating outlook.”: Election gridlock behind Standard & Poor’s negative ratings action.
The election-winning machine
- Paul Karp reported, “Tanya Plibersek and Anthony Albanese refuse to concede defeat as Labor prepares to back Bill Shorten as leader”: Christopher Pyne declares Coalition victory as count nears possible majority.
- Francis Keany reported, “Senior Liberal minister Christopher Pyne has declared the Coalition has won the federal election, despite the Prime Minister meeting with another crossbench MP in the event of a hung Parliament.”: Christopher Pyne declares Coalition victory, as PM meets with another crossbench MP.
Kapalition immigration cuts
- Cameron Atfield reported, “The man on whom the Turnbull government may have to depend to form a minority government in Canberra wants to restrict migration to just three groups, with Muslims left off the list.”: Bob Katter calls for immigration cut.
NATO meeting miss
- David Wroe reported, “The election chaos is affecting Australia’s international security work, with Defence Minister Marise Payne missing a key NATO meeting where the extension of the international military mission in Afghanistan will be discussed.”: Defence Minister to miss NATO meeting amid election uncertainty with Afghanistan back in the spotlight.
- Cameron Atfield reported, “Wyatt Roy has made Australian history for a second time, becoming the youngest former federal member of Parliament ever.”: Wyatt Roy concedes defeat in Longman.
- Alex Beech reported, “Assistant Innovation Minister Wyatt Roy has conceded defeat in the Queensland seat of Longman.”: Wyatt Roy concedes defeat in Longman.
-More to come
(July 7, 2016) Day 61 – Kapalition
Mal meets with Bob
- Caitlyn Gribbin reported, “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to fly to Queensland today to meet with re-elected federal MP Bob Katter, as the Coalition continues its discussions with crossbenchers about the possibility of forming a minority government.”: Malcolm Turnbull to meet with Bob Katter to discuss forming minority government.
Bob meets with Nick
Pauline Hanson loves halal
- Jacqueline Maley reported, “There’s only one way to put this. We’re going to have to ask you to please explain, Pauline.”: Oops! Pauline Hanson caught drinking (allegedly) halal milk.
Annastacia does not fear Pauline
S&P credit rating change to AAA negative