Trump or Clinton: who will be the best for our region?
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Despite growing concerns about possible declining American power and influence,the US still dominates the region upon which Australia has increasingly come to depend, writes… Mark Beeson, University of Western Australia Everyone knows by now that the current, endlessly drawn-out electoral process in the US is remarkable, even by the standards of an increasingly weird political…

Can Facebook influence an election result?
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Facebook has already proved it can increase the number of people who vote in elections, but what if it tries to influence how they vote? writes… Michael Brand, Monash University Facebook was in hot water this May over allegations of a liberal bias in its “Trending” topics feature. This was not the first time Facebook had…

Australia’s messy 2016 election
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Saturday’s election result, or rather lack of, left what can only be described as a mess and a week long anticipation. With the question of who will be leading Australia still hanging in the balance, what implication does this uncertainty have? This is what is discussed by Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital, in his recent Oliver’s…

Britain’s ‘Bregret’ offers timely lessons for Australian voters this weekend
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The populist appeal of simplistic answers to complex solutions is a challenge for political leaders. There are times when expertise and experience must prevail over the popular mood of the moment, writes Mark Chou, Australian Catholic University and Michael Ondaatje, Australian Catholic University  This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global…

What are people really saying about Australian politics? [Infographic]
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With the 2016 Federal election only days away, there has never been better time to ask what people really think of Australian politics. Whilst we’re often bombarded with television ads, radio interviews and debates – does this really affect our view? Researchers from the Local Digital team came up with a brilliant idea to utilize all…

Home value changes between elections
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The change in house values across Australian electorates’ shows that Sydney and Melbourne have seen the greatest rises in values over the past 3 years while regional areas linked to the resources sector have lagged well behind. With housing topics such as affordability and taxation policy featuring heavily in the lead up to the Federal…

Strong GDP growth figures show economy on track
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The adverse impact of the resources bust is still there, but the figures suggest the economy tracking at or above its potential, says… Nigel Stapledon, UNSW Australia It is hard to find any bad news in the latest quarterly GDP result. GDP growth of 1.1% for the March quarter (0.9% trend) puts annual growth just…

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