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Issue 3:                                                                                   10 June 2016

Latest from the AEC: nominations
Local government advocacy
Interesting tidbits
Leaders’ debates

Liberal – Nationals Coalition policies
Australian Labor policies
Australian Greens policies
Latest Polls
Election resources
Key election dates
Events

Latest from the AEC: nominations

A total of 15,676,659 people are enrolled to vote in the 2016 federal election. This is an increase of more than 963,000 voters since the last federal election. Ninety-five per cent of eligible Australians are now included on the electoral roll. Additional enrollment statistics are available on the AEC website.

Nominations have now closed and a full list of Victorian candidates has been published. More than 250 candidates are contesting the election in Victoria's 37 electorates.

Local government advocacy

The MAV’s federal election advocacy kit was circulated to all members on 26 May. If your council has not yet used the resources, we encourage you to:

  • Send a letter to your local Federal MPs and candidates using the template provided (view all candidate details on the AEC website)
  • Issue a media release about the commitments sought from all political parties using the template provided
  • Use council social media accounts and the hashtags #fundourlocal and #ausvotes to highlight important community projects that have been delivered with federal funding.

Our federal election advocacy kit can be downloaded from the Comms Hub on our members-only website and further details are available on the federal election campaign page of our website.

Interesting tidbits

Leaders’ debates

  • Sky News and the Courier-Mail held a People’s Forum on Wednesday 8 June at Red Hill in Brisbane, but it was only attended by Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten
  • A Finance Leaders’ Debate took place at the National Press Club on Wednesday 8 June with Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance and Tony Burke, Shadow Minister for Finance
  • An online leaders’ debate will be hosted by Facebook and news.com.au next week to enable more voters to participate. Further details about the timing of the debate are yet to be released.

Liberal – Nationals Coalition policies

Election commitments announced over the past fortnight include:

  • $40 million Safer Communities Fund to help councils and community groups to fund crime prevention initiatives that address crime and anti-social behaviours, and protect schools, preschools and community organisations that are facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance
  • A further $60 million for the Sporting Schools Programme to expand it to years 7 and 8 students and also focus on greater participation by young women and schools where there is evidence of disadvantage
  • $5 million Threatened Species Recovery Fund to support local community projects that protect vulnerable wildlife
  • $20 million to build the South West Loddon Pipeline plus additional funding for a range of other Victorian water security projects and feasibility studies.

View all Coalition policies.

Australian Labor policies

Election commitments announced over the past fortnight include:

  • $2 million to establish a Child Health Hub in Sunbury
  • $3 billion childcare reform plan including a 15 per cent rise in the Child Care Benefit for low and middle income families; an increase in the annual Child Care Rebate cap from $7,500 to $10,000; and $150 million investment in the early education workforce
  • Also announced were policies to address child care access including $63.2 million to establish or expand 1,200 outside school hours care services, and $100 million to tackle child care waiting lists in areas of high or rapidly growing demand
  • $98.7 million Community Renewable Energy Plan to fund the establishment of up to 10 community power hubs
  • Ten year economic plan to grow the economy and create jobs.

View all Australian Labor policies.

Australian Greens policies

Election commitments announced in the past fortnight include:

View all Australian Greens election policies.

Latest Polls

  • Essential Report, conducted on 7 June, has the Liberal-National Coalition and Labor split 50-50 on the two party preferred vote
  • The Australian Newspoll, conducted from 2 – 5 June, shows Labor and the Liberal-National’s Coalition locked at 50-50 on the two-party preferred vote. The poll also showed that 15 per cent of voters intended to support a micro party or independent candidate, the highest level recorded during a federal election campaign in the 31-year history of Newspoll.
  • Fairfax-Ipsos poll, conducted from 31 May – 2 June, shows the Labor Party at 51 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, ahead of the Coalition on 49 per cent.
  • A 7 News – ReachTEL poll, conducted on 26 May, has Labor ahead on the two-party preferred votes at 52 per cent
  • Crikey’s Poll Bludger is an aggregate analysis of the national opinion polls
  • The Guardian Australia’s Poll of Polls combines all available opinion polls to statistically predict the election outcome.

Election resources

  • ABC Federal Election Guide: contains detailed electorate profiles, list of retiring MPs, electoral pendulum, House of Representatives calculator, a seat-by-seat candidate guide and elections analysis
  • Vote Compass: election 2016: A collaborative project between ABC, University of Melbourne and Vox Pop Labs, this social and data science tool calculates how a user’s personal views compare to the positions of political parties
  • Sky News Election 2016: has the latest election news and analysis, and an #auspol social hub with all the latest tweets sorted by political party
  • Curious Campaign: a new initiative where the public can submit story questions, and vote for their favourites with ABC News journalists investigating the winning questions
  • The Tally Room: profiling details about marginal seats each day.
  • YourVote: a tool developed in collaboration by Fairfax Media, Kieskompas and the University of Sydney to help voters find out what the parties stand for.

Key election dates

  • 14 June: early voting commences
  • 6pm, 29 June: close of postal voting applications
  • 2 July: election day

For further details on 2016 federal election dates, visit the AEC website.

Images used in this bulletin were supplied courtesy of the AEC under a CC by 3.0 license.

 

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