Take our quiz: can you pin the policy to the political party?

Ruth Callaghan

Ruth Callaghan 25 Feb 2017
2 mins

Can you pin the policy to the political party? Ruth Callaghan challenges you to take our quiz.

You’ve followed every election announcement and scrutinised every promise made – but just how well do you really know the policies?

An analysis of candidate statements and policies proposed by a range of minor parties contesting the Western Australian election reveals a diverse and colourful grab bag of positions.

And pinning the policy to the party is often more difficult than you might think

Some of the minor parties were expanding policy platforms in a bid to target specific voting blocks which were identifiable and active on Facebook.

The jostling for first preferences is resulting in minor parties actively pursuing one another’s base..

The lines are blurred very quickly on social media channels, leaving voters with many choices. A good example is the heavy promotion this week of an environmental video by Western Australian author Tim Winton that was being reposted and promoted not by the Greens but by One Nation.



Smaller parties are walking a fine line between engaging with every potential voter and being too undisciplined.

Some candidates are being a little loose and easy with their Facebook interactions, engaging with trolls.

That is fine if you can shut down the conversation or redirect it but it can be enormously time consuming and messy for very little reward.

Purple Pin the Policy on the Party Quiz tests your knowledge of the minor parties’ positions on a range of issues. Give it a go!


Ruth Callaghan is Purple’s Chief Innovation Officer, a futurist and a leading media strategist with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate communications and journalism. Contact Ruth

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Ruth uses two decades of experience as a media strategist, communications adviser and journalist to develop, deliver and distribute messages that cut through.

She specialises in providing strategic digital and content services for clients, using the principles of newsworthy and engaging content to tell compelling stories. She is a skilled media trainer and works with professionals both within and outside the communications industry to develop their digital, writing and media skills.

Ruth’s work in this field has included developing digital and inbound marketing strategies for clients, including use of lead generation software, content marketing and social media. She works with emerging technologies including virtual reality in campaigns and continues to write for publications including the Australian Financial Review.

When not distracted by the next shiny digital tool, Ruth likes to holiday in cooler climates with her family or hang out with her stubborn Scottish Terrier Maisie.

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