Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched a competing scare campaign  over Labor's asylum seeker policy, warning of "chaos" on Australia's borders if the ALP is elected on July 2nd.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched a competing scare campaign over Labor's asylum seeker policy, warning of "chaos" on Australia's borders if the ALP is elected on July 2nd.

'Tax as their bullets': Scott Morrison's extraordinary 'war' attack on Labor  Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/tax-as-their-bullets-scott-morrisons-extraordinary-war-attack-on-labor-20160602-gp9sh7.html#ixzz4APy3uu00  Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook

'Tax as their bullets': Scott Morrison's extraordinary 'war' attack on Labor Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/tax-as-their-bullets-scott-morrisons-extraordinary-war-attack-on-labor-20160602-gp9sh7.html#ixzz4APy3uu00 Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook

Hastie had called the media conference to announce he would push for harsher mandatory minimum sentences for methamphetamine dealers who sell to people under 18, or manufacturers who “endanger” children” – a state government issue, so his promise was to lobby the Barnett government. Tackling methamphetamine use has already been announced as a major focus for the Liberal campaign.

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Hastie had called the media conference to announce he would push for harsher mandatory minimum sentences for methamphetamine dealers who sell to people under 18, or manufacturers who “endanger” children” – a state government issue, so his promise was to lobby the Barnett government. Tackling methamphetamine use has already been announced as a major focus for the Liberal campaign.

Refugee crisis: Nigel Farage responds to outrage over Syrian child image – with 'Isis' warning - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

Refugee crisis: Nigel Farage responds to outrage over Syrian child image – with 'Isis' warning - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

"The worst thing — and probably one of the best tools that bad governments can use, but the worst thing in terms of governance they can use — is to create fear within their own community," he said.

"The worst thing — and probably one of the best tools that bad governments can use, but the worst thing in terms of governance they can use — is to create fear within their own community," he said.

He invents faux security measures in a transparent effort to look tough. And, whether it's stripping citizenship or ordering the stopping and questioning of ordinary citizens in their daily lives, Abbott hopes to inflame Labor into opposing him so that he can point gleefully and shout "Labor is soft on terror!"

He invents faux security measures in a transparent effort to look tough. And, whether it's stripping citizenship or ordering the stopping and questioning of ordinary citizens in their daily lives, Abbott hopes to inflame Labor into opposing him so that he can point gleefully and shout "Labor is soft on terror!"

That said, this trend for “announceables” is not going away any time soon, nor is it new. Governments typically find every way they can to emphasise their big policy programs, and some of those are inevitably contrived. But there is something particularly unedifying about national security strategy – and public discussion thereof – being, in fact, a media strategy.

That said, this trend for “announceables” is not going away any time soon, nor is it new. Governments typically find every way they can to emphasise their big policy programs, and some of those are inevitably contrived. But there is something particularly unedifying about national security strategy – and public discussion thereof – being, in fact, a media strategy.

Former Defence Force personnel have spoken out about the Tampa and children overboard affair, accusing the Howard government of manipulating events for political purposes.

Former Defence Force personnel have spoken out about the Tampa and children overboard affair, accusing the Howard government of manipulating events for political purposes.

Halal Senate Inquiry Submission: 'I Want Clear Labelling So I Can Choose Not To Support A Death Cult' | newmatilda.com

Halal Senate Inquiry Submission: 'I Want Clear Labelling So I Can Choose Not To Support A Death Cult' | newmatilda.com

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, says he won’t criticise countries turning back asylum-seeker boats to stop people smuggling.

Tony Abbott defends other countries turning back asylum-seeker boats

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, says he won’t criticise countries turning back asylum-seeker boats to stop people smuggling.


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Politics is about persuasion but both parties neglect the public's views Opposition Leader Bill Shorten  and Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Parliament.

Politics is about persuasion but both parties neglect the public's views Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Parliament.

The damaging polarisation around queer issues in Australian politics is out of step with community sentiment.

The damaging polarisation around queer issues in Australian politics is out of step with community sentiment.

Election 2016: Govt targets boats as budget sales job flops  Read more: http://www.afr.com/news/politics/election-2016-govt-targets-boats-as-budget-sales-job-flops-20160517-goxk0s#ixzz493i0Qqfw  Follow us: @FinancialReview on Twitter | financialreview on Facebook

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Prime Minister unity fail: Tony Abbott attacks ‘unpatriotic’ agencies when IS threat is real

Prime Minister unity fail: Tony Abbott attacks ‘unpatriotic’ agencies when IS threat is real

Twenty years after he won government, the economic and political damage of John Howard’s leadership is becoming clearer.

Twenty years after he won government, the economic and political damage of John Howard’s leadership is becoming clearer.

Immigration minister says refugees will ‘take Australian jobs’ and simultaneously ‘languish in unemployment queues’. Well, no minister

Immigration minister says refugees will ‘take Australian jobs’ and simultaneously ‘languish in unemployment queues’. Well, no minister

Fear campaigns are pretty unedifying at the best of times, but political strategists keep on using them because negative campaigning is so effective.  Voters are more likely to believe a politician if they say something negative about their opponent than if they say something positive about themselves.

Fear campaigns are pretty unedifying at the best of times, but political strategists keep on using them because negative campaigning is so effective. Voters are more likely to believe a politician if they say something negative about their opponent than if they say something positive about themselves.

The federal Liberal Party has become a creature that feeds on the politics of fear. Today it is fear of terrorist activity, and before that of asylum seekers. The jettisoning of liberal principles, once important values when the party was led by people like Malcolm Fraser and John Hewson, happened long ago.

The federal Liberal Party has become a creature that feeds on the politics of fear. Today it is fear of terrorist activity, and before that of asylum seekers. The jettisoning of liberal principles, once important values when the party was led by people like Malcolm Fraser and John Hewson, happened long ago.

Isis coming for us, says Tony Abbott after attacks – video | Australia news | The Guardian

Isis coming for us, says Tony Abbott after attacks – video

Isis coming for us, says Tony Abbott after attacks – video | Australia news | The Guardian

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