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September 2013
Where we get our news part two
Sunday, 29 September 2013 21:18 | Written by Graham Young

So, the reason coalition supporters read newspapers is because they tend to be older, right? Well, that was my working hypothesis until I looked at the data. Turns out younger voters are big consumers of newspapers as well as social media and blogs.

Where we get our news part one
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:01 | Written by Graham Young

Political campaigns and the media engage in giant feedback loops, particularly in the course of a campaign. Some media give you better access to certain demographics than others; some media are more critical than others; and whatever is in the media demands a response, even if that response is to do nothing, which influences what you do in your campaign.

Asylum-seeker issue now in mainstream
Thursday, 19 September 2013 12:27 | Written by Graham Young

This is the election that has mainstreamed the asylum seeker issue as more than an issue for the intellectual left and the working class right.

Libs ads best
Friday, 06 September 2013 07:31 | Written by Graham Young

With ads it is always a question of playing the odds. Some people like them, other people hate them, but on balance you may move a small percentage of voters. With elections won by movements of a couple of per cent, this is enough. In this contest, it appears that the coalition is ahead.

Are older Australians gaming the system?
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 22:23 | Written by Graham Young

Research by Alan Tapper et al suggests that as Australia ages, older Australians are grabbing more of the bounty.

Age the issue as debts mount
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 22:12 | Written by Graham Young

This election, debt's only scored a bit part, which is puzzling.

In previous elections, it has been a Liberal favourite, with debt buses, giant billboards, and incessant chants of "Labor's debt".

Voters polarised around discrete issues
Sunday, 01 September 2013 15:56 | Written by Graham Young

When it comes to elections, this one is more polarised than previous ones. You can see that from the flat shape of the Leximancer map and the way that the issues associated with voting ALP have very little overlap with those associated with voting Coalition.