Malcolm Turnbull brushes off questions about the federal implications of the Liberal Party’s catastrophic performance in the West Australian election, saying the result had been “expected for quite some time”.
While One Nation licks its wounds from its worse-than-expected result in the West Australian election, stern warnings are already being sounded within the Coalition over future dealings with the minor party.
An analysis of Saturday’s results shows voters were overwhelmingly fed up with the Liberals, and not sold on One Nation
The state election in Western Australia was predicted to be close: Labor needed a large swing to tip out the Liberal-National Coalition government, which has led the state since 2008. It was anything but close. Labor easily gained the 10 seats it needed to form government, and looks likely to gain 10 more. The swing was massive in all parts of the state, with the Liberal vote dropping dramatically.
The election was also disappointing for One Nation, whose polling a month ago suggested it was on track to easily win a swathe of upper house seats without the need for preferences, and possibly challenge for some rural lower house seats. The party polled 7% in the upper house – higher than any other minor party other than the Greens – but that will likely translate into only one or two seats on a large crossbench.
Mathias Cormann refuses to rule out deal at federal level as Barnaby Joyce says agreement ‘a mistake’
One of the architects of the Liberal party’s preference deal with One Nation in Western Australia, the federal finance minister, Mathias Cormann, has defended the controversial arrangement, and he has refused to rule out a future preference deal at the federal level.
Cormann told the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday the preference deal, which put One Nation ahead of the National party in some areas, was negotiated in an attempt to put a floor under the Liberal party’s declining primary vote, which he said was as low as 29% in internal party polling.
Stronger than expected jobs growth in the US has pretty well settled the Federal Reserve’s plans to push interest rates up this week.
Colin Barnett’s self-delusion a warning for Malcolm Turnbull as Nationals run their own race
Colin Barnett says he’s no longer the Western Australian premier because of an overwhelming “It’s time” factor.
With due respect to Barnett, this is a story you invent to console yourself when you’ve presided over a top-to-tail disaster.
Former Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona comes clean on his drug use, gambling addiction and embezzlement of charity funds.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull writes to state and territory leaders urging them to ban unvaccinated children from childcare centres.
Emergency departments are failing to conduct comprehensive mental health assessments, researchers say
One in 15 newly-released prisoners attend hospital for self-harm but emergency departments are failing in their obligations to conduct comprehensive mental health assessments, new research shows.
A groundbreaking study of former prisoners, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry this month, has revealed high rates of self-harm following release from prison.
As Australia and India’s Test series grows ever more heated, local fans say they love the aggression shown by their team and controversial captain Virat Kohli.