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‘Glass cliff’: only two in 10 female Coalition and Labor candidates in winnable seats, analysis finds

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Female candidates are being overlooked to run in safe seats by both major parties, with new analysis showing just two in 10 female candidates have been put forward for winnable seats at this year’s election, while saf...

One Nation running candidates in states where they don’t live, as emails reveal scramble to fill seats

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One Nation was still scrambling to find people to run for this month’s federal election just hours before the close of nominations, telling one prospective candidate to leave the electorate he was running in “blank” o...

One Nation directs preferences to Labor in five seats targeting ‘left-leaning Liberals’

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One Nation has divided its support between the major parties on how-to-vote cards, directing supporters to preference Labor in at least five seats while helping the Coalition in the north Queensland seat of Leichhardt...

Federal Liberals select nine election candidates in NSW seats despite legal challenge

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A special committee of the federal Liberal party has forged ahead with appointing election candidates in New South Wales, despite a legal challenge now before the NSW court of appeal about the validity of the committe...

Labor finalises candidates in crucial seats ahead of election

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Federal Labor has finalised its candidates in a number of crucial seats ahead of this year’s election, including the controversial choice of Andrew Charlton to contest Parramatta and a consensus replacement for Kimber...

‘The seats aren’t comfy but you’ve got a beer’: readers’ favourite tram rides

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Helsinki has a small and sensible tram system, except for the wonderful SpåraKoff “pub” tram: a bright red single carriage that loops around the city, serving mostly beer and “long drink” (gin and grapefruit soda; ple...

Urban congestion funding for Coalition and marginal seats far outstrips safe Labor seats, report finds

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The government’s controversial urban congestion fund is pumping tens of millions of dollars more into marginal and safe Coalition seats than strong Labor electorates, a new report has found. The Grattan Institute on S...

‘How’s $100,000 sound?’: John Barilaro directed grants to marginal seats

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Former New South Wales deputy premier John Barilaro directed millions of dollars in grants to Coalition electorates, many of them at-risk National party seats, from a discretionary pool of funds which have almost no d...

Uncompetitive House seats ensure Americans’ votes change nothing

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When millions of American voters head to the polls this autumn to vote for congressional candidates, the vast majority of their votes won’t matter at all. It’s an idea that’s anathema to the very idea of US governmen...

Swathes of ‘red wall’ Tory seats to be among hardest hit by cost of living crisis

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Boris Johnson has been warned that the future of his Conservative government rests on how it tackles the looming “cost-of-living catastrophe”, as Guardian analysis shows that swathes of Tory-held seats in the “red wal...

An underwater concert with pool noodle seats: drippy idea or splashy fun?

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The line between novel and novelty could have been easily crossed last night at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool at Woolloomooloo Bay. Floors Of Heaven: Submersive Study is a 45 minute dip in a 50m outdoor saltwater pool as...

MPs in safe seats are most likely to have second jobs

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MPs in safe seats are far more likely to have taken up second jobs than their colleagues in marginal constituencies, according to new analysis that has led to renewed calls for reforms to Britain’s voting system. In f...

Ahmaud Arbery: judge seats nearly all-white jury in Georgia murder trial

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A Georgia judge has acknowledged there appeared to be “intentional discrimination” after a nearly all-white jury was selected for the trial of three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, but has seated the jur...

Planned redrawing of Welsh seats criticised for breaking up communities

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Proposals for a huge shake-up of the UK parliamentary map in Wales have provoked criticism for threatening to break up tight-knit valley communities in the south and creating vast, unwieldy rural constituencies. The B...

Afghans need our help – there must be no empty seats on New Zealand’s rescue mission

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What is unfolding now in Afghanistan is a moment that Afghans can’t turn away from. It will mean separated families, death, torture and sexual slavery – women, the rainbow community, journalists and human rights defen...

Chesham and Amersham: Tories’ northern gamble leaves shire seats exposed

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Seats don’t come much safer than Chesham and Amersham, a true blue slice of Buckinghamshire which has returned Conservative MPs with massive majorities since it was created in 1974. Not any more. The Liberal Democrats...

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