The election is only months away, and as soon as it comes, what will be on the newsstands?
And, if the polls are right, what can we expect from the major political parties and candidates?
Here are the key issues in the election: The ‘fake News’ campaign The ‘news’ campaign has been raging in Australia for months, with both major political campaigns and mainstream media claiming that “fake news” was driving the election.
Here are some of the claims that have been made: “I’m so tired of fake news!
You’re all fake news.
Fake news is the news we live in.”
– Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s first public appearance since being elected.
“I think it’s going to be a close election.”
– Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin.
“The people of Australia are fed up with the corrupt politicians and political parties in Canberra, so they’re going to come out and vote.”
– US President Donald Trump.
“A lot of people are saying, ‘This is the worst election ever.
It’s the worst ever’.” – US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
“We’ve got fake news on Facebook, Twitter and all over the place.”
– President Donald J. Trump.
And: “They’re trying to stop the American people from seeing the truth.”
– Vice President Joe Biden.
The ‘truth’ campaign It’s hard to argue with these claims, but some of them have been backed up by the Australian Electoral Commission.
“There are a lot of very, very serious allegations that are being made in the fake news campaign,” a spokesperson told the ABC.
“These allegations have been referred to the Australian Federal police (AFP) and they are investigating those allegations.”
“We’re going after people who are spreading misinformation and misleading information,” she said.
“And we are going to continue to do that.”
“A number of Australian journalists have been targeted, and their websites and Twitter accounts have been taken down, as a result of these allegations.”
And: The Australian Electoral Commissioner said she would look into claims that her staff had been targeted by a fake news “war machine”.
“These are allegations of serious misconduct and that’s why I will be looking into them,” she told the Nine Network.
“If there are any further allegations that need to be investigated, then that’s where the police will come in.”
“I’ve had a lot more to say about fake news than I did yesterday,” said US Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie, who is also a supporter of the “fake News” campaign.
“So I’m not going to say that it’s not true, but it’s very different than what the mainstream media is doing.”
“The whole campaign is so dishonest.
You have to see the facts.
If they want to change the subject and pretend it’s all fake, I will do that as well.”
And, of course, there are the claims from some other major political leaders.
“This is a campaign that has been used by some to divide us and divide our nation,” US Vice President Mike Pence said.
He was referring to the recent “fake-news” campaign that the US Republican Party has been running.
“It is clear that the American political establishment has become so divided, so divided that we cannot take this country forward,” Mr Pence said at the time.
“That is why I have pledged to fight to make sure that the next president of the United States will be someone who brings us together, not someone who divides us.”‘
A lot more people are going’ “The Australian people will vote,” said President Trump.
But the truth campaign is also not confined to US politics.
In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May’s campaign is facing a similar challenge, with claims that “the British people are fed-up with the establishment” and “that’s why they are voting” for Brexit.
But it is the US campaign, with President Donald Donald J Trump as its biggest star, that has made the headlines.
And, as we have seen in other countries, it is often the mainstream, mainstream media that spreads the ‘truth’.
This is not the first time we have had to deal with fake news in Australia.
A year ago, it was revealed that a fake election had been conducted in Melbourne, allegedly with the intention of suppressing votes for the Coalition.
This led to accusations of voter suppression, with the Australian High Court finding the claims were false.
And in a similar case in Tasmania, the ABC reported a fake Facebook page that used “the same Facebook account used by a group that made the Facebook-style false claims about a Labor Party candidate.”
And then, last year, it emerged that fake Facebook pages were spreading false information about the US presidential election, with fake posts claiming that Democratic candidate BernieSanders had dropped out of the race.
And now it is being claimed that the “election” has been “rigged”.
But the problem is, it’s been claimed this election will be a different one.