This was an election that Labor lost. It had too many policies that hurt too many people through higher taxes.
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Labor's problem is this. If abolishing negative gearing is to improve housing affordability it has to decrease prices. But if it decreases prices it decreases the savings of all home owners.
A survey of 1020 Australians demonstrates broad support for the government's ABCC Bill, but no support for an anti-union campaign.
The fact they were over-claiming savings was confirmed by external modelling of the policy done by ALP think tank, the McKell Institute, the ANU, and since by the Parliamentary Budget Office.
Winning the first or second preferences of the voters currently voting non-Greens minor party is the key to securing a workable majority in Australia's federal parliament.
An electorate that trusts neither side of politics will deliver a result too close to call in the House of Representatives, but hand power to independents in the Senate.
But if this is the best argument the coalition has to be returned then their focus groups are telling them what ours is: this is an election almost without alternatives.
Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity seems a lot like Kevin Rudd’s on the basis of our polling. So will it disappear just as quickly and catastrophically for his own party?
This morning Bill Shorten admitted on ABC Radio’s AM program that Labor’s negative gearing policy would not achieve its headline goal as a “Positive Plan to Help Housing Affordability”.