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Title Abbott's gambit : the 2013 Australian federal election / editors, Carol Johnson and John Wanna (with Hsu-Ann Lee)
Published ANU, Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource
Contents Preface and Acknowledgements; Contributors; Introduction: Analysing the 2013 Australian federal election; 1. An Overview of the 2013 Federal Election Campaign: Ruinous politics, cynical adversarialism and contending agendas; 2. The Battle for Hearts and Minds; 3. The Leadership Contest: An end to the 'messiah complex'?; 4. The Empire Strikes Back: Mainstream media still matters; 5. New Media in the Electoral Context: The new normal; 6. Campaign Advertising and Communication Strategies in the Election of 2013
7. Making Policy and Winning Votes: Election promises and political strategies in the 2013 campaign8. How the Pollsters Called the Horse Race: Changing polling technologies, cost pressures, and the concentration on the two-party-preferred; 9. All That Glitters: Betting markets and the 2013 Australian federal election; 10. Nearly All About Kevin: The election as drawn by Australian cartoonists; 11. The Liberal Campaign in the 2013 Federal Election; 12. The Labor Party Campaign and Aftermath; 13. The 2013 Federal Election: The Greens campaign
14. The Electoral Geography of the 2013 Election: Voting patterns in the states and regions for the Lower House15. Regional Place-Based Identities and Party Strategies at the 2013 Federal Election; 16. The Contest for Rural Representation: The celebrated contest over Indi and the fate of the independents; 17. The Advent of Two New Micro Parties: The Palmer United Party and Katter's Australia Party; 18. An Impecunious Election: The significance of fiscal and economic issues; 19. Ethnic Voting and Asylum Issues
20. The Environment in the 2013 Election: Controversies over climate change, the carbon tax and conservation21. Unstable Bipartisanship or Off the Agenda? Social issues during the 2013 election campaign; 22. Gender and the 2013 Election: The Abbott 'mandate'; 23. Explaining the Results; 24. Documenting the Inevitable: Voting behaviour at the 2013 Australian election; Conclusion: Reflections on Abbott's Gambit-Mantras, manipulation and mandates
Summary Australians historically do not change governments lightly. Yet the 2013 federal election heralded a change of government-only the seventh time Australians have voted to change their national government since the Second World War. Tony Abbott, who had been Opposition Leader since 1 December 2009, became Australia's 28th Prime Minister on 18 September 2013 leading a Liberal-National Coalition with a comfortable majority in the lower house of parliament but well short of a majority in the upper house. The election result occurred after a surreal seven-and-a-half months of campaigning (actually 227 days) in which the Coalition largely held its collective nerve, while the Labor Government continued to implode through internal divisions and acrimony. To all intents and purposes the campaign was not fought principally on policy issues, but on personalities and the tarnished record of the Rudd-Gillard governments
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes English
Selected for archiving ANL
Subject Australia. Parliament -- Elections -- 2013
SUBJECT Australia. Parliament. fast (OCoLC)fst00530350
Subject Elections -- Australia -- 2013
Political campaigns -- Australia -- 21st century
Politics & government.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Political Parties.
Political campaigns.
Politics and government
SUBJECT Australia -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Subject Australia.
Form Electronic book
Author Johnson, Carol, 1955- editor.
Wanna, John, editor.
Lee, Hsu-Ann, editor
ISBN 9781925022094