2019 Federal Election - ANU Experts have their say

The 2019 Federal election has been confirmed for 18 May, and below is where you will find a full overview of ANU academics' perspectives as the situation evolves. Click on the relevant headline to be directed to the original article.

The ANU is running a series of Federal Election 2019 panel discussions - read more here


In the Media:

'I just stood in the background': Piers Akerman on campaign trail with Tony Abbott in Warringah

Mark Kenny | The Age | 15 April 2019

Veteran News Corp columnist Piers Akerman has rejected criticism directed at him for joining former Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the campaign trail in his seat of Warringah on the weekend. Former Sydney Morning Herald and The Age journalist Mark Kenny said on the ABC's Insiders on Sunday morning that "a lot of people are looking at this thinking: 'This surely crosses a line'."

From the country to Canberra: Who is Nationals leader Michael McCormack?

Dr Jill Sheppard | SBS News | 15 April 2019

Dr Jill Sheppard...  said Mr McCormack's modus operandi seems to be a mirror-image of Mr Joyce's. "I think he is popular among his colleagues, but they worry that he's not very popular with the electorate,” Dr Sheppard said. “Barnaby Joyce is not very popular with his colleagues, but has been, a lot more popular with rural voters."


Election campaign will be fought along classic divisions: analyst

Dr Jill Sheppard | ABC Radio | 11 April 2019

[Dr Sheppard] said the campaign would be fought along the classic lines of economic management, on the Liberal side, and public health, education and inequality on the Labor side.

For that reason, she said, the parties are increasingly unlikely to bring up issues associated with the other party.


Election to focus on economy but voters losing faith in politicians' ability to affect it

Dr Jill Sheppard | ABC News | 11 April 2019

"Voters that think about economy — they tend to prefer the Liberal Party, and those that think about health, education and inequality — they prefer the Labor Party," Dr Sheppard said.

"But if we are not convinced that the government can actually have an economic effect, then the Liberal Party is going to have to broaden its base to convince people it can actually make a difference."


Federal election 2019: NSW must watch battles

Dr Jill Sheppard | Daily Telegraph | 11 April 2019

“Kerryn Phelps typifies the current rush of prominent independent candidates: smart, economically conservative, socially liberal, and with a high profile that precedes their political career,” [Dr Jill Sheppard] said.


From union boss to possible PM: Who is Bill Shorten?

Dr Jill Sheppard | SBS News | 11 April 2019

The high likelihood that Labor will win the election is down to “a few factors” said Jill Sheppard "It probably has a little bit to do with Bill Shorten seeming confident at the moment... [and] it probably has a bit to do with the Liberal Party changing prime ministers through their last term in government - but as much as anything, it might just be that the Australian voters feel the country is ready for change".

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