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Adrian Beaumont

Adrian Beaumont

I am a PhD student at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Since 1998, I have had great interest in electoral politics, and I keenly follow both Australian and US elections. In the lead-up to the Australian Federal election, I will be writing a post every week about the latest polls and what they mean for the number of seats that will be won by each party in the 150-member Australian House of Representatives.

Liberals likely to retain majority in Tasmania; Biden's ratings after 100 days

May 02, 2021 06:49 am UTC| Politics

AAP/Chris Crerar With 79% counted in Saturdays Tasmanian election, the ABC is calling 12 of the 25 Tasmanian lower house seats for the Liberals, eight for Labor, two Greens and three undecided. Vote shares were 48.7%...

Trump's ratings slightly down after Ukraine scandal as Warren surges to tie Biden in Democratic polls

Oct 12, 2019 08:37 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

About two weeks since a transcript of Donald Trumps phone conversation with the Ukrainian president was revealed, his approval with all polls in the FiveThirtyEight aggregate is 41.6% and his disapproval is 54.0%. Trumps...

No chance of US gun control despite Las Vegas massacre; NZ left gains two seats after special votes

Oct 08, 2017 02:14 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

In the last decade, there have been many horrific gun crimes in the US, where at least 10 people have been murdered in the one incident. However, the National Rifle Association has successfully fought all efforts to impose...

Former FBI director James Comey very likely caused Trump's win

May 13, 2017 03:14 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

On Tuesday, Donald Trump dramatically sacked FBI director James Comey. There has been speculation that Comey was fired in an attempt to prevent an FBI investigation into Trumps ties to Russia. While such an...

US under Trump Series

Obamacare repeal vote shows power of US hard right

May 07, 2017 09:01 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics Law

Since the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, Republicans have attempted to repeal it. In March, the first attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare under President Trump failed, as both...

US under Trump Series

Anti-Trump backlash at US by-elections

Apr 12, 2017 14:44 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Today, a by-election was held in Kansas fourth Congressional District (CD) for election to the US House. This CD is very conservative, and voted for Donald Trump by 60-33 against Hillary Clinton at the 2016 election. At...

US Election Series

US under Trump Series

US election final results: how Trump won

Dec 17, 2016 15:00 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

At the US election held on 8 November, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by 306 Electoral Votes (EVs), to 232 EVs for Hillary Clinton. While this seems a convincing victory, Trump won four states by 1.2% or less:...

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Economy

KFC rolling out new packaging for a makeover

KFC or Kentucky Fried Chicken will be unveiling its new packaging to give itself a bit of makeover. The world-famous fried chicken restaurant chain stated that the packing is an upgrade to modernize the companys...

Samsung Biologics contradicts claims of Pfizer vaccine production

Samsung Biologics contradicted reports that it will be producing Pfizers coronavirus vaccine. There were news going around saying the South Korean biotechnology company headquartered in Incheon is set to start the...

Xiaomi: US reverses Trump's order and removed the Chinese electronics company from blacklist

Xiaomi was included in the U.S. governments blacklist last year during Donald Trumps leadership. The Chinese electronics company suffered big losses after it was banned in the country. Trumps administration cited...

Amazon emerged victorious in its $303M EU tax case

Amazon was declared the winner in a tax legal battle where the EU ordered it to pay Luxembourg the amount of 250 million or around $303 million in back taxes. The win for the American retail giant is said to be a big blow...

Politics

Donald Trump accuses Joe Biden of lack of support for Israel amid ongoing violence in region

During his presidency, Donald Trump was known to have good relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Amidst the ongoing violence happening in Israel and Palestine, Trump accused his successor Joe Biden of...

Kamala Harris reaffirms US relations with Tunisia in phone call with President Kais Saied

Vice President Kamala Harris got in touch with another world leader this week. Harris spoke with Tunisian President Kais Saied, reaffirming the ties between the two countries. The White House released a readout of...

Nancy Pelosi says House Democrats want child tax credit expansion permanent

One of the provisions found in President Joe Bidens American Families Plan was to expand the child tax credit until 2025. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently revealed that House Democrats are looking to make this provision...

Liz Cheney voted out of House GOP leadership position

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is among the Republicans that have or still are drawing the ire of former President Donald Trump including his allies in Congress. This week, Cheney was voted out of her leadership position by her...

Science

Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito achieved that lifelong goal but he wasnt a typical astronaut. Tito, a wealthy businessman, paid US$20 million for a seat...

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Lab–grown embryos and human–monkey hybrids: Medical marvels or ethical missteps?

In Aldous Huxleys 1932 novel Brave New World, people arent born from a mothers womb. Instead, embryos are grown in artificial wombs until they are brought into the world, a process called ectogenesis. In the novel,...

Antimatter: scientists find way to trap elusive material by blasting it with lasers

Antimatter is believed to play a huge part in the story of our universe. Its the counterpart to matter: identical in every way with protons, neutrons and electrons but with an opposite electric charge. According to our...

Shifting toward 'open peer review'

Twenty years ago, it was difficult to find information about local restaurants, except from the restaurants themselves. Now, thanks to the Internet, independent evaluations are easy to find. Its past time we make that the...

Technology

Sega wants Atlus to aim for simultaneous worldwide release dates

It is not strange for video games developed in Japan to have staggered release dates in different parts of the world. However, Sega recently said one of the factors that made Yakuza 6: The Song of Life very successful was...

‘Overwatch 2’ livestream and developer AMA planned in May

New details about Overwatch 2 is about the flood the internet in the coming weeks. Blizzard Entertainment has recently confirmed there will be two separate events later in May where video game fans will hear more about the...

HTC Vive Pro 2 launches with 5K resolution on June 4

The new VR headsets from HTC Vive have been recently announced, but they will not launch for a few weeks. As expected, the company unveiled two devices, one for consumer-level use and another for business purposes but...

Android 12 beta 1 could be launched during Google I/O 2021

Google has released the Android 12 developer preview 3 in late April, and that means the first public beta of the operating system update is next to launch. While a specific date is not yet known, there are speculations...

WhatsApp defies German agency’s ban on its new privacy policy

A German data protection agency ruled it is blocking WhatsApps highly controversial privacy policy changes. However, the Facebook-owned messaging app says the update will still roll out. WhatsApp defies German data...
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