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Election Policy Library Methodology

The following collection of summaries was produced for the purpose of providing a brief overview of specific election statements and policies made by the Australian Liberal–National Coalition and the Australian Labor Party on defence, foreign affairs and national security issues from 1998 to 2013.

This was undertaken by four individuals over several months who read, summarised and reviewed these documents to extract the key points. These documents were sourced from the Australian Parliamentary Library website.

All election policy statements were published in the year of that election.

After an evaluation of the material contained in the documents, a series of guidelines were constructed for producing the summaries. They are as follows:

  • A maximum of 500–600 words
  • Past tense
  • Focused on proposed future policies and stances, rather than criticism of opposing parties
  • No subheadings
  • Impartial
  • Removal of personal pronouns

Following these guidelines each individual wrote a summary of each election policy they were assigned. These were edited and reviewed by the three other participants in turn. The summaries were then collated, and given a final review for consistency by the leading director of the project prior to publication.

Labor’s 2007 and 2013 National Platforms covered all areas of the party’s policy platform, and were not separated into individual policy areas. For the purpose of this project, relevant information has been extracted from these documents related to Foreign Affairs, Defence, Defence Personnel, Immigration, Border Security and Cybersecurity and divided into separate summaries.