Prof. Jennifer Curtin - Australian Federal Election 2019: What went wrong for the ALP and right for the Liberals?

Polls had suggested a change of government was possible on the eve of the election. Exit polls showed similar trends. For more than a year in advance of the election, polls had suggested the Liberal coalition was lagging well behind Labor. Indeed, Labor had smoothed over their own internal battles, appeared to have a strong message on climate change, and their historically less than popular leader, Bill Shorten, had pulled ahead of Scott Morrison as preferred prime minister. By contrast, the Liberals and Nationals were emerging from a protracted period of leadership instability, had lost their majority and had little new policy ideas to offer. Yet in the end, the conservative side of politics triumphed, with the Coalition parties claiming a clear win. What does say about Australian political culture and how do we understand the outcome that emerged?


Jennifer Curtin is Professor of Politics and Director of the Public Policy Institute at the University of Auckland. Her research and publications focus on Australian and New Zealand electoral politics, trans-Tasman policy innovations, sport, and gender, politics and policy. Prior to her arrival at the University of Auckland, she taught politics and policy at Monash University, and the University of Canberra, held a postdoctoral position at the Australian National University and was the Australian Parliamentary (postdoctoral) Fellow in 2000.

When
August 6th, 2019 6:30 PM   through   8:00 PM
Location
12 Grafton Road
Business School
Owen Glenn Building, University of Auckland
Auckland, AUK
New Zealand

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