Astroturf and populism in Australia: The Convoy of No Confidence

  title={Astroturf and populism in Australia: The Convoy of No Confidence},
  author={Rae Wear},
  journal={Australian Journal of Political Science},
  pages={54 - 67}
  • R. Wear
  • Published 2 January 2014
  • Political Science
  • Australian Journal of Political Science
The ‘Convoy of No Confidence’ was a trucking convoy that converged on Canberra in 2011 in a failed attempt to force the Gillard Labor government to an early election. At the time, there was widespread speculation that it was an ‘astroturf’ or synthetic grassroots movement. This article assesses the extent to which this alleged astroturf event exhibited populist elements, measured against Taggart's definition of populism. Unlike most Australian populist movements, which have been hostile towards… 

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