The Federal Coalition has been defeated at today’s Dunkley by-election, despite weeks of aggressive campaigning by a US-style misinformation outfit.

ABC election analyst Anthony Green has called the seat, in Melbourne’s bayside south-east, for the ALP’s Jodie Belyea.

With just over 40 per cent of votes counted, at 8.30pm Belyea had 53.8 per cent of the vote, compared to 47.2 per cent by the Liberal Party’s Nathan Conroy, after allowing for preferences.

Belyea, who has won the seat of Dunkley for the ALP, pictured Saturday night. Source: ABC News


“I’m not a career politician, I’m someone who wants to make a difference for this great community and further afield,” Belyea said.

“I’m now officially the second most important Jodie in Albo’s life.”

By-elections typically swing against the incumbency, as some voters seek to protest the current government.

The predicted swing against the ALP of around 3 per cent is at the bottom end of the normal  3-5 per cent range.

The ALP victory presents a massive blow to Opposition leader Peter Dutton, and to US-style political disinformation outfit “Advance” which has been aggressively pushing the Coalition’s interests.

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The group, which falsely claims to be a “grassroots” campaign of “ordinary Australians”, has spent weeks bombarding Dunkley with disinformation and lies.

Using imagery of hardworking and exhausted looking blue-collar Australians, the false-flag operation claims it is flighting against the “elites” and “inner-city woke”.

Advance falsely claims to be a “grassroots” campaign of “everyday Aussies”. Source: Advance


In fact, it is a “false flag” operation acting for fossil fuels and other vested interests that is bankrolled by a handful of the nation’s super-rich.

In 2021-22, of its ten donor entities disclosed to the Australian Electoral Commission, almost all appeared on media “rich lists” of the nation’s wealthiest people.

Seven of them had estimated fortunes of at least $100 million or more.

False-flag outfit “Advance” is actually bankrolled by a handful of multi-millionaires and billionaires. Source: The Klaxon


Advance, which has deep ties to the fossil fuels and mining sector, was the heart of the “No” campaign against the Indigenous Voice to parliament and its tactics included running a full-page racist advertisement in the Australian Financial Review.

“Authorised by Matthew Sheahan, Advance Aus Ltd Level 4, 15 Moore Street, Canberra City 2601” Source: Australian Financial Review


Its aggressive campaign of lies and disinformation was a major factor in the defeat of the Voice referendum.

Internationally, Indigenous land rights have proved to be one of the biggest impediments to exploitative fossil fuel expansion (and so to fossil fuels profits).

Dunkley, currently held by the ALP on a margin of 6.3 per cent, became vacant after the ALP MP Peta Murphy died of breast cancer in December. 

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