Some reading recommendations suggested several days post election by the Australian Fabians and Search Foundation. The Guardian’s Nick Evershed, by Grattan Institute’s Danielle Wood, the Fabian’s Osmond Chiu, Search Foundation’s Luke Whitington, SMH Ross Gittins, SMH Sean Kelly, Overland Elizabeth Humphrys, Jacobin’s Daniel Lopez, and everyone’s Steve Koukoulas. More will be added
1. The eight charts that help explain why the Coalition won the 2019 Australian election.
The Guardian’s Nick Evershed shows how electorates that swung to the government were more likely to have higher unemployment, lower incomes and fewer migrants.
2. Self-interest didn’t swing the election results, but the scare campaign did.
Danielle Wood is the program director of budget policy and institutional reform at the Grattan Institute. She writes that Labor’s chances were not sunk by self-funded retirees, but by the very voters who stood to benefit most from the ALP’s policies.
3. Australian Labor’s Miliband Moment.
Secretary of the NSW Fabians, Osmond Chiu, writes that after losing what many believed was an unloseable election, Australia’s Labor Party is learning what Britain’s did in 2015: it’s hard to build enthusiasm for compromise and moderation.
5. Morrison’s miracle election may turn out to be the easy bit
Sydney Morning Herald writer Ross Gittins says Morrison’s miracle election may turn out to be the easy bit
6. Change is hard to come by in this country.
Sydney Morning Herald writer Sean Kelly says Labor’s bitter lesson is that change is hard to come by in this country.
7. Anti-politics is not left or right
UTS economist Elizabeth Humphrys writes in Overland that that anti-politics is not left or right, and arguments don’t wash that the electorate is failing politicians or that the ALP picked the wrong man.
8. How Australia’s Labor Party Lost an Un-Losable Election
Jacobin Magazine writer Daniel Lopez argues this leftist program came too little, too late.
9. How Labor lost the federal election SO badly
Economist and and author Steve Koukoulas writes in Yahoo Finance ‘The Coalition did not win the election, Labor lost it.’