A waiter serves up a meal, and an unhappy diner dishes out on the rising cost of living. 'Enough now - we shall deal with it ourselves.'

India's Melbourne-based intelligentsia gathered at the Australia India Institute today to watch the live feed of the count and dissect the Narendra Modi landslide.

Enlisting a retro cash-register 'ker-ching" and old-school supermarket spruiking, the Liberals target hip-pocket nervousness about Labor pledges and spending.

Since the 1970s, political media stunts and stage management have become the norm. 
Michael Gawenda

The much maligned art of sloganeering has long been central to Australian politics.
Sally Young

Is Rupert Murdoch opposing Labor's re-election because of the NBN? 
Emma Dawson

It's been a busy and complex week of polling, with data at the national, state and individual-seat level. Here we try to disentangle them.
Dr Denis Muller

Is this campaign video with bite, or has it jumped the shark? Take the poll.
Election Watch team

'We are the young - why should our attitude be old?' INC's pitch to the massive youth constituency.' (With English translation.)

 

The writing was long on the wall for a BJP win and a Congress rout. But the scale of it has left Modi supporters and detractors alike reeling. Was it a victory for policy, or strategy? Mosiqi Acharya investigates. 

The ALP digs into concerns over TAFE, ambulances and hospital waiting lists - and capitalises on Liberal squirming over porn sharing en route.

Australians voted in a very different federal election 100 years ago: the two-party system was yet to dominate and there weren't any opinion polls.

John Murphy

Rudd's “new agenda” speech is an attempt to to reach out to key constituencies: marginal voters, the major employer groups, unions, and small business.
Peter Gahan

What makes a successful first week for a political party in a modern election campaign? [video]
Nicholas Reece

Elections are won or lost in marginal seats. This analysis examines the electorates that will decide who reigns supreme on September 7th.
Dr Scott Brenton. 

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