Federal election for “older people”, youth “left out” despite job promises: commentator

A political commentator has claimed the federal election will not be one for young voters, despite Liberal and Labor Party pledges catering to Australia’s youth. Murdoch University Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy Ian Cook said both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had not done enough for young voters, while stating…

Trump Needs Proof of Border “Crisis” to Build Mexico Wall: Expert

Donald Trump will need to establish that a security and humanitarian “crisis” exists to build a wall on the United States-Mexico border, a politics commentator has claimed, following the US president’s ongoing consideration to declare a national emergency. Murdoch University Senior Politics and Policy Lecturer Ian Cook said Mr Trump would have to prove to…

“Public Buy-In” Needed for Local Government Act Reform Success: Expert

A political expert has claimed State Government reforms to the Local Government Act need public support to be successful, despite the reforms currently being “just ideas”. Murdoch University Politics and Policy Senior Lecturer Dr Ian Cook stated the changes needed “public buy-in” or it would not be effective, as Local Government Minister David Templeman opened…

Anning’s speech: underlying ideas, contrasting opinions, and future prospects

Senator Fraser Anning’s controversial maiden speech in Parliament has exploded into a massive divisive issue, particularly on social media, definitely this week’s hot topic. Political experts and local councillors are writing off his speech as a publicity stunt, but any press is good press… Many politicians have condemned Anning for his maiden speech, using an…

Youth Futures at Risk Despite Immigration Boom in Australian Population Milestone

A politics expert warns local young Australians’ futures remain at risk from immigration, despite it boosting Australia’s population growth after reaching its population milestone of 25 million people. Murdoch University Politics and Policy Senior Lecturer Ian Cook said immigration was important as it improved the economy with 62 per cent of the population growth, but…

Federal GST Distribution Overhaul “Bizarre”: Expert

A political expert has called the Federal Government’s proposal to change Australia’s GST distribution the most bizarre fix he has ever seen, claiming it is not an overhaul. Murdoch University politics and policy senior lecturer Ian Cook believed the new measures that would give Western Australia a bigger share in the carve-up was a “farcical…