Topic archives: 2013 federal election

Essential: Health trumped the economy, Trump scares voters

July 26, 2016 3

Unusually, voters were thinking more about health and Medicare than the economy on July 2, this week's Essential Report shows.

Think the media won’t shut up about the damn election? It was worse in 2013

June 29, 2016 2

There were far more mentions of Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd during a much shorter campaign than there have been of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten.

Tony Abbott’s terrible government is YOUR fault

Tony Abbott’s terrible government is YOUR fault

February 13, 2015 52

Abbott's campaign for government was always a Trojan horse packed with policies to resuscitate the old culture wars and economic austerity. And we, the Australian people, voted for him. An angry Aussie expat explains.

A fix for what’s not broken: why Australia doesn’t need voter ID

A fix for what’s not broken: why Australia doesn’t need voter ID

March 5, 2014 10

Are new rules needed to stop multiple voters from undermining Australian elections? Not according to the local and international evidence, writes Jennifer Rayner at Inside Story.

Libs likely the losers as WA heads to the polls … again

Libs likely the losers as WA heads to the polls … again

February 19, 2014 4

Western Australians get another crack at the Senate election, and their dissatisfaction with the Abbott government is likely to translate into a win for the Left. But will it matter for the Abbott government?

The ‘highly emotional and volatile’ world of the WikiLeaks Party

The ‘highly emotional and volatile’ world of the WikiLeaks Party

February 7, 2014 8

The "independent review" of the WikiLeaks Party's disastrous preference allocations is in, and is mostly complaints about how a proper review couldn't be done.

Broken electoral system, not 1370 votes, to blame for WA mess

Broken electoral system, not 1370 votes, to blame for WA mess

December 11, 2013 6

An inquiry into how the AEC managed to lose critical votes has laid the blame squarely at the feet of the Electoral Commissioner. But there is plenty to go around.

The verdict is in on pollsters: Coalition bias, electorate polls fail

The verdict is in on pollsters: Coalition bias, electorate polls fail

December 2, 2013 1

The final results are in on the 2013 federal election -- so which pollster was closest to the mark? Our crack analyst crunches the numbers to produce some surprising results.

Rupert’s changing the world, 140 characters at a time

Rupert’s changing the world, 140 characters at a time

November 27, 2013 12

Media types love Twitter, and octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch is certainly no stranger to the format. Freelance writer Farz Edraki asks: how powerful is Murdoch on Twitter, really?

Greens and Labor move to end microparty double dipping

Greens and Labor move to end microparty double dipping

November 22, 2013 1

A loophole that allows the same person to serve as the registered officer for more than one political party is likely to be closed.

Welcome to Australia in 2014, an all-Coalition country

Welcome to Australia in 2014, an all-Coalition country

November 20, 2013 1

It's likely that the Coalition will hold a near-clean sweep of state governments next year. Crikey hits the archives to ask if this will pose a problem for Tony Abbott.

Behind the scenes at an AEC vote count

November 12, 2013

Crikey readers talk the iCloud, spying and what really happens at an AEC vote count.

Long days, no pizza, widespread mistakes: AEC staff speak out

Long days, no pizza, widespread mistakes: AEC staff speak out

November 7, 2013 6

It's no surprise mistakes were made in counting votes on election night, according to the Electoral Commission workers who spoke to Sally Whyte. They were overworked, undertrained and standards were slipping.

iSentia index: all eyes and ears on Queensland

iSentia index: all eyes and ears on Queensland

November 6, 2013

Clive Palmer and Queensland premier Campbell Newman rocketed to the top of the charts thanks to an election win and new anti-bikie laws.

Palmer misses the point about the AEC

November 5, 2013 1

Crikey readers talk the AEC and the Western Australian Senate vote debacle. Plus Guy Rundle and a reader go head-to-head.

How Julian Assange could become a WA senator

How Julian Assange could become a WA senator

November 5, 2013 8

The High Court is almost certainly going to call for a fresh election in WA. That means a fresh set of candidates -- and Julian Assange could have another tilt at the Senate.

Sorry, WA, you’re going back to the polls (don’t blame the AEC)

Sorry, WA, you’re going back to the polls (don’t blame the AEC)

November 4, 2013 17

There may be just one or two votes between two of the minor parties in the Western Australian Senate election, so voters will be heading back to the polls. But that doesn't mean the system is broken.

How to avoid a fresh WA Senate election

How to avoid a fresh WA Senate election

November 1, 2013 11

With 1375 votes missing, will Western Australians be forced back to the polls over the disputed Senate result? The courts will decide, but our resident psephologist says it could be avoided.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

October 23, 2013 1

Scrutineers imported for WA count? ... extra beer for News Ltd's Sydney reunion ... underworld figure helps Sea Shepherd? ...

Mandate wars and the battle for Senate reform

Mandate wars and the battle for Senate reform

October 4, 2013 8

Maybe we should reform Senate voting. But we should do it for the right reasons. All this talk of mandates gets us nowhere, says Crikey's writer-at-large.