Storm damage on beaches in Sydney
Storm damage in Sydney

As Australia’s political leaders have the conversations in the middle of an election campaign in 2016 that should have been settled in a bipartisan fashion decades ago, most of the electors are still not paying any attention, and that’s probably not just a passing phase. With both leaders in WA — which looks like it might be the most competitive state this election — Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was getting plenty of coverage as she launched her campaign and followed PM Malcolm Turnbull around, although her numbers, like everyone else, were a long way behind Turnbull and Shorten.

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen has been out and about trying to sell Labor’s fiscal rectitude, despite all evidence to the contrary, and must already be having nightmares about his less rapid contractions. You’d love to be a fly in the wall in the strategy meetings where they come up with these phrases, amid all that continuity and change. We just need to remember, to a politician with something difficult to sell, a spade will always be a multi-purpose earth displacement device.

Crikey Political Index: June 9-15

Isentia 1

Save up to 50% on a year of Crikey

Choose what you pay, from $99.

Sign up now

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten ahead this week on social media after a string of policy announcements and the call for a treaty.

Social Media Top Five

Isentia 2

Back to pretty mediocre numbers on talkback, as the main election issues of the week really didn’t get many fired up, apart from a small increase in ‘a pox on both their houses’ calls about government debt.

Talkback Top Five

Isentia 3

And he’s not exactly a household name in Australia, but the star of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton summed up many people’s feelings about the Orlando shootings in his Tony acceptance speech.

Comparison of media mentions

Isnetia 4

I subscribe to Crikey because I believe in a free, open and independent media where news and opinions can be published that I can both agree with and be challenged by.

As a Crikey subscriber I always feel more informed and able to think more critically about issues and current affairs – even when they don’t always reflect my own political viewpoint or lived experience.


Join us and save up to 50%

Subscribe before June 30 and choose what you pay for a year of Crikey. Save up to 50% or, chip in extra and get one of our limited edition Crikey merch packs.

Join Now