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Victoria votes: your guide to the 2018 election health promises

There are major differences – plus a few similarities – between the health promises from Labor, the Coalition and the Greens.  rawpixel/unsplash With health care spending accounting for 30% of the Victorian budget, or A$20 billion, health is a major policy area for the Victorian election on Saturday. While the Commonwealth pays for general practice, private specialists, pharmaceutical benefits and aged care,...

Victoria election: the scandals, sloganeering and key issues to watch

Scandals have dominated the recent headlines, but healthcare, education and public transport have been at the core of the policy debates. Victorians will decide who governs the state for the next four years on Saturday. Premier Daniel Andrews and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, along with all other candidates, can see the finish line as the parties make last-minute appeals...

How Australia’s NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state by state

The SIFA gun lobby is running ads in Victoria targeting Labor in the hopes it can get more pro-gun independent MPs elected. Dean Lewins/AAP One of the more noticeable ad campaigns in the upcoming Victoria state election comes from a seemingly unlikely source. The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) seeks to unwind Australia’s gun regulations, and knows that state governments are as...

FactCheck Q&A: have 90% of Labor MPs worked in trade unions?

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has said Labor MPs disproportionately come from unions. ABC Excerpt from Q&A, October 2, 2018. It’s nice for Amanda to say you need to reflect society, but you can’t reflect society if 90% of your members of parliament were chosen from trade unions and worked in trade unions and that’s the background they bring to the table. –...

Morrison wants Muslim leaders to do more to prevent terrorism, but what more can they do?

Mourners pay their respects to Sisto Malaspina, co-owner of Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar, who was killed in Friday’s terror attack.  James Ross/AAP With the simple statement “more needs to happen”, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was emphatic. In the wake of the terror attack on the crowded streets of Melbourne’s CBD last Friday, it is difficult to argue against any plan to...

Encouraging suicide or committing manslaughter?

A 69-year-old man is in jail for encouraging his wife to commit suicide so he could get the $1.4 million from her life insurance policies. Jennifer Morant, 56, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in her car in November 2014. Last month, a jury found her husband, Graham Morant, 69, guilty of two crimes under section 311 of Queensland’s Criminal Code Act 1889:...

What The Public Needs For A Safer Road Experience

We all know that the government is responsible for the public’s safety. It is the very reason why many projects, bills, and funds are allotted yearly. This is for the welfare and protection of the general public. One of these includes providing people with a safe road to travel. Statistics show that in Australia, there is already 874 provisional road...

Grattan on Friday: Turnbull tells Liberals to answer that unanswerable question

Malcolm Turnbull used his appearance on Q&A to hold his political executioners to account. AAP Malcolm Turnbull has delivered a hefty blow to the struggling Morrison government by refocusing attention on the one question it has desperately tried to smother. That is: why was he sacked? When he appeared on Thursday’s Q&A special, Turnbull was on a dual mission. His neat blue...

Democrats take House at US midterm elections, but Republicans keep Senate; Labor well ahead in Victoria

Democrats celebrate as the US mid-term results come in.  AAP/EPA/Erik S. Lesser US midterm elections were held today. All 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senators were up for election. Democrats were defending 26 Senators, including some states that Trump won by big margins in 2016, and Republicans just nine. Democrats won the House, regaining control of a chamber...

The US midterm elections are being billed as a referendum on Trump, but it’s not that simple

Wes Mountain/The Conversation  From afar, the US midterm elections might seem to be all about Donald Trump, and there is some truth to this. The man, as has been the case for some years now, is unavoidable. More than 700 days after the host of The Apprentice was elected to lead the world’s largest military and economic power, this will be the first chance...