Like Cate Speaks before it, this site mostly confine itself to reviewing parties and independents who are standing in the Upper House of a given election – the Senate for Federal elections, the Legislative Council for Victorian elections. We will also provide some coverage of our local lower house seats, but otherwise the lower house and its candidates will only be covered in exceptional cases.
The majority of individual posts on this site will be reviews of parties or independents and their respective policy positions. These will be in a standardised format, starting off with a summary that lists, in order:
- Website: the official website of the party or candidate, if they have one.
- Social Media: the official presence of the party or candidate, on their chosen social media platform, if they have these.
- Slogans: you know what these are.
- Themes: the common features that emerge from their policy positions.
- Electorate: separated into Upper and Lower Houses.
- Policies: a short list of the policy areas this party or candidate has expressed positions on.
- Preferences: who they’re preferencing and where, and themes that emerge from that.
- Previous Reviews: this will link back to any commentary made either here or on Cate Speaks that Catherine has made about this party or candidate in previous elections.
This is followed by the main portion of the review. This will vary in length depending on how many positions the party or candidate has. Direct quotes from their policy statements will be shown in italics.
Sadly, we lack Catherine’s encyclopedic knowledge of Eurovision songs, and will not be able to continue that feature ourselves. We would be delighted, however, if you post your own suggestions in the comments 🙂
In the top and side menus, there are two new sections we’ve added. These are either State by State (for Federal elections) or Victoria – Region by Region (for Victorian state elections), which has a link for each electoral subdivision. When clicked, it will take you to a display of just the reviews that are relevant to that electorate.
Hopefully, this is all clear enough, but feel free to ask any questions if there’s anything that needs clarifying.