Federal Politics

Election wrap: 16 August, 2013

And on that note - end of the second week, only three more to go.

But what happened today?

  • the Coalition announced that nearly 32,000 asylum seekers already in Australia will never get permanent settlement and will no longer be able to have the right of appeal;
  • Coalition leader Tony Abbott went back to the future for the announcement saying "This is our country and we will determine who comes here";
  • the Greens say the policy is cruel while Labor says it is won't make any difference to people smugglers;
  • Labor announced $30 million for a new oil and gas research centre in Perth; and
  • 14,712,799 people have enrolled to vote in the election.

My thanks to you all for reading, commenting and joining me, Alex Ellinghausen and Andrew Meares as we strive to bring you all the news and views from the campaign trail.

We will be back on Monday morning. Have a fantastic weekend.

 

No reason for posting this other than that it is another beautiful picture from Alex Ellinghausen. Seriously, how good are he and Andrew Meares?

A journalist shoots a segment after Opposition leader Tony Abbott's visit to the Mernda Recreation Reserve in Victoria ...
A journalist shoots a segment after Opposition leader Tony Abbott's visit to the Mernda Recreation Reserve in Victoria on Friday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Meanwhile, the Liberal National Party MP for Brisbane, Teresa Gambaro, has posed in front of a sign saying "I'm sexy and I know it".

Oh yes she has. You can read about it here.

Mr Rudd is finishing the afternoon with a shopping centre visit in the Perth suburb of Cannington. The words 'cat' and 'cream' spring to mind.

Kevin Rudd and the Labor candidate for Swan, John Bissett, smile as they met a voter in Westfield Carousel in Cannington ...
Kevin Rudd and the Labor candidate for Swan, John Bissett, smile as they met a voter in Westfield Carousel in Cannington in Perth on Friday. Photo: Andrew Meares

A total of 14,712,799 people are now enrolled to vote on September 7.

"The electoral roll has increased by over 624,000 since the last election, significantly more than the previous comparable period from 2007 to 2010 when the increase was just over 440,000," Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn announced earlier today.

From the time the election was announced on 4 August until the electoral rolls close on 12 August over 162,000 people enrolled, mostly online.

25,000 people aged between 18 and 24 years enrolled between 2010 and 2013 but there are still 400,000 people in that age group who are eligible to vote but who are not enrolled.

The commission estimates 1.22 people remain unenrolled across all age groups.

 

 

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It's good to know Mr Abbott is finishing his campaign week on a positive note. Team Abbott has now flown out of Melbourne bound for Perth.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott kisses a young boy  at the Mernda Recreation Reserve in Victoria on Friday.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott kisses a young boy at the Mernda Recreation Reserve in Victoria on Friday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mr Rudd was in Perth to announce a new national research centre into something known as "floating systems".

The research centre will look at offshore oil and gas production with a view to attracting investment and creating jobs.

Labor has promised $30 million for the new centre.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is greeted by a member of his advance team on arrival at the CSIRO Australian Resources ...
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is greeted by a member of his advance team on arrival at the CSIRO Australian Resources Research Centre in Perth on Friday. Photo: Andrew Meares

More techy coolness from the Fairfax Media interactive/web team.

This time the team has worked up an election map which allows you to look at the demographic make up of electorates using information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It tells you all kinds of things like who does what for a living, the most common household make-up, the average income and so on.

Get clicking!

I've been meaning to bring you Michael Leunig's cartoon about the campaign all day. Now seems as good a time as any.

 

Our video team has also recorded this interview with human rights expert Daniel Webb on immigration policy.

Deterrence: wrong way, turn back.

Human rights expert Daniel Webb says that deterrence is the wrong answer on asylum seeker policy, as the Coalition flags harsher scrutiny for current detainees.

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Minister for Immigration Tony Burke has rubbished the Coalition's announcement.

"Even though it's irrelevant to whether or not people smugglers have a viable business, they've decided to be mean just for the hell of it," Mr Burke says.

It will not make a "scintilla of difference to anyone running a people smuggling operation", Mr Burke says.

"[Coalition immigration spokesman] Scott Morrison right now wants the boats to keep coming ... They want that for a political reason ... It says a lot about them [the Coalition] ... He enjoys the politics of this far too much."

Mr Burke warns that removing people's right of appeal through the court system will force people to take their complaints to the High Court.

Mr Rudd is asked if his "campaign is going off the rails".

Mr Rudd says he has "no intention of talking about campaign internals".

Why was Mr Rudd asked this? You may like to read the background here.

Mr Rudd says he will refer people with questions about the Coalition's immigration announcement to a press conference being held by Immigration Minister Tony Burke (which I can't watch and relay to you because I'm watching this).

And here is Mr Rudd.

Mr Rudd is being asked about his northern Australia policy.

"On the costings, it's outside the forward estimate," Mr Rudd says but promised that the numbers would be done next year if Labor was returned to government.

"I think our opponents are worried about it [the policy] because they know it's a winner."

 

 

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Still waiting for Mr Rudd to do his press conference (just in case you're wondering what happened).

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the CSIRO Australian Resources Research Centre in Perth on Friday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the CSIRO Australian Resources Research Centre in Perth on Friday. Photo: Andrew Meares

In today's Breaking Politics segment Liberal MP Wyatt Roy and Labor MP Amanda Rishworth debate the campaign issues of immigration, policy costings and leadership.

Campaign blame game

Liberal MP Wyatt Roy and Labor's Amanda Rishworth go head to head as the campaign kicks into overdrive and, no surprise, they don't see eye to eye on costings, asylum or leadership.

In today's episode of Fact Checker economics correspondent Peter Martin looks at the Coalition's claim that the National Broadband Network will cost $94 billion.

What did Peter find? You will have to click here to find out.

 

The problem with going to public facilities is that the public sometimes turns up.

Mr Rudd has been visiting Perth train station where he was pursued by a gentleman urging him to "Give Tony Abbott a go" (as you can see below). Probably fair to assume Mr Rudd won't take that advice.

'Give Tony Abbott a go!'

RAW VISION: A Perth resident weighs in on the election campaign and Kevin Rudd's tilt to retain the prime ministership.

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