Double Disillusion

Double Disillusion

The 2016 Australian Federal Election

Edited by: Anika Gauja orcid, Peter Chen, Jennifer Curtin orcid, Juliet Pietsch

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This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the 2016 Australian federal election. Won by the Liberal–National Coalition by the slimmest of margins, the result created a climate of political uncertainty that threatened the government’s lower house majority. While the campaign might have lacked the theatre of previous elections, it provides significant insights into the contemporary political and policy challenges facing Australian democracy and society today.

In this, the 16th edited collection of Australian election studies, 41 contributors from a range of disciplines bring an unprecedented depth of expertise to the 2016 contest. The book covers the context, key battles and issues in the campaign, and reports and analyses the results in detail. It provides an evaluation of the role of political actors such as the parties, independents, the media, interest groups and GetUp!, and examines election debate in the online space. Experts from a range of policy fields provide an analysis of election issues ranging from the economy and industrial relations to social policy, the environment, and gender and sexuality. Each of the chapters is written on the basis of in‑depth and original research, providing new insights into this important political event.


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Apr 2018
ANU Press
Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies

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  1. ‘Double Disillusion’: Analysing the 2016 Australian Federal Election (PDF, 0.1MB) – Anika Gauja, Peter Chen, Jennifer Curtin and Juliet Pietsch doi

Part One. Campaign Themes and Context

  1. ‘I’m Not Expecting to Lose …’: The Election Overview and Campaign Narrative (PDF, 0.3MB)Marija Taflaga and John Wanna doi
  2. The Ideological Contest: Election 2016 (PDF, 0.2MB)Carol Johnson doi
  3. Turnbull versus Shorten: The Major Party Leadership Contest (PDF, 0.2MB)Paul Strangio and James Walter doi
  4. National Polls, Marginal Seats and Campaign Effects (PDF, 0.2MB)Murray Goot doi
  5. The Campaign that Wasn’t: Tracking Public Opinion over the 44th Parliament and the 2016 Election Campaign (PDF, 1.3MB)Simon Jackman and Luke Mansillo doi

Part Two. Reporting and Analysing the Results

  1. The House of Representatives Results (PDF, 0.5MB)Ben Raue doi
  2. The Senate Results (PDF, 0.6MB)Antony Green doi
  3. The States and Territories (PDF, 0.5MB)Ferran Martinez i Coma and Rodney Smith doi
  4. Changing Leaders, ‘Mediscare’ and Business as Usual: Electoral Behaviour (PDF, 0.2MB)Clive Bean doi

Part Three. Actors and Arenas

  1. The Australian Labor Party’s Campaign (PDF, 0.3MB)Rob Manwaring doi
  2. The Liberal Party of Australia’s Campaign (PDF, 0.2MB)Nicholas Barry doi
  3. The Australian Greens’ Campaign (PDF, 0.3MB)Stewart Jackson doi
  4. The National Party of Australia’s Campaign: Further ‘Back from the Brink’ (PDF, 0.3MB)Geoff Cockfield and Jennifer Curtin doi
  5. The Minor Parties’ Campaigns (PDF, 0.3MB)Glenn Kefford doi
  6. Independents Return and the ‘Almost’ Hung Parliament (PDF, 0.2MB)Jennifer Curtin doi
  7. Interest Groups and the Election (PDF, 0.2MB)Darren R. Halpin and Bert Fraussen doi
  8. GetUp! in Election 2016 (PDF, 0.6MB)Ariadne Vromen doi
  9. Still the Main Source: The Established Media (PDF, 0.5MB)Andrea Carson and Brian McNair doi
  10. Non-Mainstream Media Coverage (PDF, 0.3MB)Peter Chen doi
  11. The Election Online: Debate, Support, Community (PDF, 0.4MB)Scott Wright, Verity Trott and William Lukamto doi

Part Four. Policy Debates

  1. Economic Policy Debates (PDF, 0.2MB)Damien Cahill and Matthew D.J. Ryan doi
  2. The Industrial Relations Policy and Penalty (PDF, 0.2MB)David Peetz doi
  3. ‘Mediscare!’: Social Issues (PDF, 0.3MB)Amanda Elliot and Rob Manwaring doi
  4. ‘Continuity and Change’: Environmental Policy and the Coming Energy Transition (PDF, 0.3MB)Rebecca Pearse doi
  5. Refugee Policy: A Cruel Bipartisanship (PDF, 0.5MB)Sara Dehm and Max Walden doi
  6. ‘Ignore Us at Your Peril, Because We Vote Too’: Indigenous Policy (PDF, 0.2MB)Diana Perche doi
  7. Rainbow Labor and a Purple Policy Launch: Gender and Sexuality Issues (PDF, 0.4MB)Blair Williams and Marian Sawer doi
  8. Migrant and Ethnic Politics in the 2016 Election (PDF, 0.2MB)James Jupp and Juliet Pietsch doi
  9. Conclusion: The Implications of the 2016 Federal Election (PDF, 0.1MB)Anika Gauja, Peter Chen, Jennifer Curtin and Juliet Pietsch doi


This book is not only an excellent snapshot of the 2016 election. It also provides comprehensive narrative of political landscape between 2013 and 2016. The fact that this book was published in April 2018 means that readers can observe post-election developments while reading the book.

—Hiroya Sugita, Australasian Parliamentary Review, Vol 33(2) Spring Summer 2018

Read the full review on the Australasian Study of Parliament Group website

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