Politics can be slow, until suddenly it isn’t. As political scientist Simon Jackman says in today’s episode of Below the Line, “politics is very non-linear. You get these stable, secular trends in voter sentiment, and then you get this breakthrough election where it converts into seats.”
2022 was that watershed election. The Liberal Party has been ousted, not only from government, but from many of its privileged seats, and we have seen a historic surge of climate-focused candidates elected outside the main parties.
In this episode of Below the Line, our panel of experts dissects the results of this surprising federal election, from the victory of Anthony Albanese to the breakthrough of the Independents and the Queensland Greens, including Scott Morrison who “bulldozed his way” to the worst Liberal result since World War II.
Our regular panelists recorded this latest episode live at La Trobe University, which we are releasing in two parts. The first part focuses on the election results and their fallout, while the latest installment of our limited-edition podcast series will examine the political implications ahead for the new federal parliament.
Our political experts also critique media coverage of the campaign in light of the historical results. Host and former ABC radio host Jon Faine believes the national broadcaster’s coverage was “substandard”, while agreeing with criticism from Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan. regarding the unprofessional conduct of the national press gallery. Andrea Carson also denounces News Corp’s partisan coverage, the media’s “stinging” questions and its belated focus on women, while Simon Jackman and Anika Gauja challenge their “presidentialized” approach that is too centered on the respective party leaders.
Below the Line is a limited-edition election podcast presented by The Conversation and La Trobe University. It is produced by Courtney Carthy and Benjamin Clark.
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Disclosures: Simon Jackman is a polling data consultant for the Climate 200 network of independent candidates.
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