Category Archives: 2019 election

Australian Institute for Progress Exit Poll report

Election aficionados can pig out on this mass of information from the Australian Institute for Progress. Executive Summary This was an election that Labor lost. It had too many policies that hurt too many people through higher taxes. This was … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 election, Rafe | 4 Comments

Asking the questions

Jim Chalmers – the new ALP shadow treasurer – has an op-ed in the Australian this morning. Wednesday’s feeble national accounts and the Reserve Bank’s decision to cut interest rates to new record lows on Tuesday shone a big spotlight … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 election, Economics and economy | 28 Comments

This was not a borderline issue

If you don’t think that stopping the boats won the election for the Coalition you are completely out of it. Adani also mattered. But without both, we would have a Labor Government right now. Speaking of which: DEVELOPING: Trump announces tariff-avoiding … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 election, American politics | 26 Comments

The Guardian on the ‘Death Tax Lie”

The Guardian has a huge story on the ‘death tax lie’ from the last election. Bottom line: No one Guardian Australia has spoken to has argued that Labor lost the election because of the death tax falsehood. No one inside … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 election, Hypocrisy of progressives, Media | 36 Comments

Justinian the Great: Preferential Voting

Does preferential voting make sense and does it lead to more representative outcomes? At a superficial level the vote of Labor suggests not. Despite attracting just 33% of the national vote Labor will still walk away at this election with … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 election, Guest Post | 35 Comments

It’s not all sunshine

A quite sobering column from Terry McCrann this morning: Tale of two elections: Sunshine state v others. Here’s the nub of it: The result in Australia ex-Queensland (and/or also WA: it really doesn’t matter for the substantive analysis) is not … Continue reading

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Henry Ergas on the challenges for the Coalition

Henry Ergas (our own Henry) pointed to the existential crisis for Labor to keep hold their traditional vote while their policies are written the progressive left. Then he warned that this is no reason for complacency on the non-left. However, … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 election, Rafe | 14 Comments

CHQ Insider: Morrison just won the equivalent of a Big Bash cricket match

Scott Morrison came into office unexpectedly in August 2018, threw together a staff, patched up the ministry, and cobbled together a minority government. His makeshift team won, thanks to Morrison’s 150 not out. Frydenberg scored a quick 25, Melissa Price … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 election, Conservative politics, Guest Post | 40 Comments

Don Aitkin on the election and what comes next

A balanced view but too kind to Bill Shorten. He conceded late in the evening, congratulated the Prime Minister, and announced that he was retiring as leader. There was not a skerrick of disagreement, no call to the barricades. This … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 election, Rafe | 18 Comments

New Liberty Quote

Don’t tell us how to live. Don’t tell us our lives are inferior to yours. Don’t take away our livelihoods. Don’t patronise and belittle us, then expect us to vote for you. Greg Sheridan

Posted in 2019 election, Libertarians don't live by argument alone | 16 Comments