The 9pm Election Unhinging: Week the Third

Federal Liberal Party candidate for Warringah Katherine Deves and her team as seen in a campaign video, 27 April 2022.

We’re almost halfway through Australia’s federal election campaign, and of course the unhinging continues — but was it as unhinged as last week?

In this episode we talk about Katherine Deves’ hilariously bad campaign video, hung parliaments, the Prime Minister standing firm, inflation, and even Nigella Lawson.

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Episode Links

  • [28 April 2022] Home owners are bracing for the prospect of higher mortgage repayments after the biggest inflation spike in 20 years, but the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says insists the Coalition has a good economic record.
  • [28 April 2022] Scott Morrison has taken a swipe at Anthony Albanese for having a "quiet week" while he recovers from #COVID19. The Prime Minister says he was "very busy" during his isolation earlier this year. #AusVotes #9News
  • [28 April 2022] Morrison claims he had a “very busy” week when he had Covid and was in isolation “attending Quad summits and doing all those sorts of things” while Albanese had a “pretty quiet week”.
  • [28 April 2022] The daily public updates about COVID case numbers are long gone, but this month there've been more than 1,000 deaths, higher than in the first 18 months of the pandemic.
  • On the outer western and north-western fringe of Sydney, Macquarie covers the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury local government areas. It includes Windsor, Richmond and surrounding market gardening districts in Hawkesbury, as well as the Blue Mountains communities from Blaxland through Springwood and Katoomba as far west as Mount Victoria. The electorate covers 4,374 sq.km, large parts of which consist of the Blue Mountains and Wollemi National Parks.
  • A hung parliament is a term used in legislatures under the Westminster system to describe a situation in which no single political party or pre-existing coalition (also known as an alliance or bloc) has an absolute majority of legislators (commonly known as members or seats) in a parliament or other legislature. This situation is also known, as a balanced parliament, or as a legislature under no overall control, and can result in a minority government. The term is not relevant in multi-party systems where it is rare for a single party to hold a majority.
  • The 2010 Australian federal election was held on Saturday, 21 August 2010 to elect members of the 43rd Parliament of Australia. The incumbent centre-left Australian Labor Party led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard won a second term against the opposition centre-right Liberal Party of Australia led by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Coalition partner the National Party of Australia, led by Warren Truss, after Labor formed a minority government with the support of three independent MPs and one Australian Greens MP.
  • [26 April 2022] As the election tightens, there is a very real possibility that neither major party wins the 76-seat majority they need to govern in their own right. For independents in this scenario, it’s an enormous choice – who do they support, what do they ask for, and who do they make prime minister? Today, we speak to someone who has made that choice, former Independent Tony Windsor, on how to navigate a hung parliament and how Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese would act in those negotiations.
  • [23 April 2022] While the major parties play the traditional, convenient, presidential-style blame games, and the media placidly comply, a growing number in the electorate are clamouring for politics to be done differently. Old stuff is not working for them. They have put up with a decade of policy inertia, ranging from climate change and integrity to broadband and the Uluru statement. These voters want a new way of determining the future for their descendants
  • [27 April 2022] A reminder that Labor didn’t lose a vote on the floor of the parliament during the hung parliament years being painted as ‘chaos and confusion’. The Coalition can’t say the same and it holds the numbers in the House.
  • [22 April 2022] Voters and Liberal Party members were kept waiting more than 45 minutes to meet controversial candidate Katherine Deves on Friday night as advisers schemed for her to avoid the media waiting at the Forestville RSL.
  • [28 April 2022] Katherine Deves has contacted the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies to arrange a visit to the Sydney Jewish Museum to “learn more about the tragedy of Holocaust and its aftermath.” Comes after she compared her anti-trans activism to standing up against the Holocaust.
  • [27 April 2022] Comedians have got political campaign satire all wrong. @danilic You need to learn from Katherine Deves, this is the funniest thing I’ve seen in ages.
  • [24 April 2022] He doesn’t hold a hose; and he doesn’t pick up the phone.
  • [26 April 2022, the Nigella Lawson reply]
  • The early 1990s recession saw a period of economic downturn affect much of the world in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The economy of Australia suffered its worst recession since the Great Depression... "The first thing to say is, the accounts do show that Australia is in a recession. The most important thing about that is that this is a recession that Australia had to have." – Treasurer Paul Keating, November 1990.
  • Pays on party which supplies the Prime Minister following the next Federal election. Bets settled at time of swearing in. All bets carry over if the Gov General does not swear in a PM because supply cannot be guaranteed.

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