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CANBERRA

Held by: Gai Brodtmann (retiring)

Party: Australian Labor Party

Since: 2010

Margin:  ALP 12.9

Redistribution details: A redistribution last year means the new seat of Canberra covers predominantly the national capital’s inner suburbs, Majura and Kowen in the territory’s north east and parts of Woden Valley.

Key Comments: The seat of Canberra has been a Labor enclave for decades but a redistribution last year has significantly affected its demographics, and is now dominated by inner city suburbs. This shift, and the retirement of the popular sitting member, has opened the way for a strong challenge from the Greens.

Canberra still a Labor city despite national result

University of Canberra, Simone Barker, Tessa Grimes and Jayden Seddon

Labor has taken a clean sweep of the seats in the ACT winning the electorates of Canberra, Fenner and Bean. Alicia Payne will be the new member for Canberra, Andrew Leigh retained the seat of Fenner with a largely unchanged majority and David Smith won the newly-named seat of Bean in the south. In the seat of Canberra, the threat from the Greens did not materialise even though the party increased...

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The reluctant politician

University of Canberra, Tessa Grimes

Standing for a party with a focus on boosting domestic processing of Australia’s mining output might seem like a tough ask for anyone trying to win a seat in the ACT. But the United Australia Party’s candidate for Canberra, Greg De Maine, isn’t fazed, believing his party has a series of policies relevant to Canberra voters. De Maine’s background is in engineering and defence. And like...

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Ex-soldier to fight war on inequality

University of Canberra, Jayden Seddon

Robert Knight believes two decades in the defence force have equipped him with the leadership and decision-making skills needed to represent voters in the seat of Canberra as a candidate for the Australian Progressives party. The Australian Progressives party is a relatively new political entity after contesting its first election at the 2016 federal double dissolution poll. This Saturday, it is...

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Independent Bohm pushes for more power to the people

University of Canberra, Simone Barker

Independent candidate for Canberra Tim Bohm believes the current political system is broken and if elected, he is determined to try to fix it.

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No Payne, no gain says Labor for Canberra

University of Canberra, Patrick Cunneen

Alicia Payne, the Labor candidate for the federal seat of Canberra has a simple campaign message. The issue of climate change must be at the forefront of the policy agenda.

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Challenging attitudes even within her own party

University of Canberra, Simone Barker

The Liberals have taken a step towards answering pressure from critics, by selecting a candidate who is a woman, an immigrant and a Muslim.

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Nothing Hollo about Greens’ push for Canberra

University of Canberra, Tessa Grimes

After 14 months of deliberation on his citizenship status, Tim Hollo will run as the Greens Party candidate for the reshaped electorate of Canberra in the ACT.

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Canberra still a Labor city despite national result

University of Canberra, Simone Barker, Tessa Grimes and Jayden Seddon

Labor has taken a clean sweep of the seats in the ACT winning the electorates of Canberra, Fenner and Bean. Alicia Payne will be the new member for Canberra, Andrew Leigh retained the seat of Fenner with a largely unchanged majority and David Smith won the newly-named seat of Bean in the south. In the seat of Canberra, the threat from the Greens did not materialise even though the party increased...

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Morrison v Shorten not the only battle for Canberra

University of Canberra, Kristen Butterworth

A redistribution has changed the geography and demographics of the seat of Canberra, long considered a stronghold of the Labor Party.

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Not all parties are onboard Canberra’s light rail

University of Canberra, Patrick Cunneen

Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s promise of a $200 million investment in the second stage of Canberra’s light rail is a clear point of difference with the Liberal Party in the battle for the hearts and minds of ACT voters.

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Students focus on hip pocket nerve

University of Canberra, Tessa Grimes

As students constantly juggle the demands of studying and trying to make ends meet from casual work, the federal campaign debate over wages has focussed their attention on politics more than usual.

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