• How the media lost the election

    Denis Muller     |      May 27, 2022

    While the Murdoch press campaigned stridently for Morrison, the rest of the media failed to cover the election properly, focusing on meaningless photo-ops with the leaders rather than the issues they didn’t want to talk about – such as climate change, integrity, local concerns and women’s issues.

  • What now for the Liberal party?

    Marija Taflaga     |      May 24, 2022

    The brash qualities, political nous and single minded aggression which won Scott Morrison his ‘miracle’ victory in 2019 proved liabilities in 2022, and he leaves a party which has abandoned its heartland seats and moral core.

  • Will the real Labor party stand up?

    Shaun Carney     |      May 23, 2022

    Australia voted for change despite Labor’s campaign rather than because of it, given Anthony Albanese’s gaffes and insipid appeal to the electorate, so will a minority Labor government with less than a third of the primary vote develop a bolder agenda in power?

  • Liberals at the crossroads

    Mark Kenny     |      May 23, 2022

    Scott Morrison’s strategy of abandoning moderate heartland seats, spurning professional women, emphasising wedge issues and infuriating Western Australia has backfired spectacularly, leaving the Liberal party with fundamental questions about its identity after nine years of power.

  • The fine art and inexact science of Australian politics

    Graeme Dobell     |      May 23, 2022

    After twenty years of squabbling and inaction by both sides of politics, the 2022 election has surely brought the ‘climate wars’ to a close, but both Labor and the Liberals will have new battles to fight in government and opposition.

  • Forward together

    Anthony Albanese     |      May 22, 2022

    Anthony Albanese is poised to become Australia’s 31st prime minister, and he laid out his vision for his incoming administration in his victory speech on election night in his constituency.

  • How Albanese crept into power

    Frank Bongiorno     |      May 22, 2022

    Though it won just a third of first preference votes, Labor will form a minority government thanks to a strong showing by the teal independents and Greens and Western Australia’s wholesale rejection of Scott Morrison, so how will Albanese govern now?

  • 50 shades of teal

    James Murphy     |      May 20, 2022

    The independent “teal” candidates have shaken up the 2022 Australian election campaign, but there are plenty of idiosyncrasies among these blue-green candidates in socially progressive but liberal held seats.

  • Don’t be surprised if there’s no election surprise

    Murray Goot     |      May 19, 2022

    The Coalition hopes that turning ‘undecided’ voters its way in the final few days of the campaign will pull a victory from the fire, but there is little history of this happening in the past.

  • Who is Scott Morrison?

    Michelle Grattan     |      May 19, 2022

    Scott Morrison’s cynical, aggressive, self-serving leadership proved the Coalition’s secret weapon in the last election campaign, but the same qualities have made him a liability in this one.

  • Who is Anthony Albanese?

    Paul Strangio     |      May 19, 2022

    Anthony Albanese has spent a lifetime in politics without making an impression on the public, and if Labor wins the election, it will be despite his gaffes, rather than because of his low-profile leadership.

  • State of play

    Paul Williams     |      May 18, 2022

    Six experts analyse the state of play between the two main parties across the country as the federal election campaign nears its climax this weekend.