2022 Contests of Interest – Capricornia

This is the first of several posts I will do in the run up to the Federal election, expected to be held in May. These posts will draw on material from my soon-to-be-published election guide guide for the ABC. My posts on this site won’t be about the key seats that will decide the election. … Read more

Why the NT seat of Lingiari keeps being mentioned in the VoterID Debate

Opponents of the Morrison government’s VoterID bill, currently being debated by Parliament, have regularly pointed out that some groups of voters will be disadvantaged by the new law if passed. The argument is that some groups of electors are less likely to have the forms of identification set out in the bill, meaning they will … Read more

NSW Local Government Elections Website

I’ve published a new election website for the ABC. It’s a site covering the twice delayed NSW Local Government Elections to be held on 4 December. You can find the site it at this link. I assure you this is not the most riveting election site I’ve published. It’s more public service than news. Given … Read more

John Alexander’s Retirement opens up the contest in Bennelong

The announcement today that Liberal MP for Bennelong John Alexander will retire at the 2022 election prompts an obvious question – will it hurt Liberal prospects in the seat? It is strange to suggest that a seat with a Liberal margin of 6.9%, that has been won by Labor only once in its 73 years … Read more

New Victorian State Electoral Boundaries Finalised

Last week the Victorian Boundaries Commission released its final determination of the state’s new electoral boundaries. The new boundaries will apply for the next Victorian election in November 2022. The draft boundaries were released at the end of June and I analysed their political impact in a previous post. There were major changes to the … Read more

Government Introduces Law Requiring Voters to show ID to Vote

The Morrison government this morning introduced the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Integrity) Bill 2021. (You can find the bill and explanatory notes at this link) The bill’s provisions will require polling day and pre-poll voters to present some form of identification when they turn up to vote. ID will be checked against details on the … Read more

Government Introduces Bill Requiring Voters to show ID to Vote

The Morrison government this morning introduced the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Integrity) Bill 2021. (You can find the bill and explanatory notes at this link) The bill’s provisions will require polling day and pre-poll voters to present some form of identification when they turn up to vote. ID will be checked against details on the … Read more

Alice Springs Mayor’s Two Vote Victory shows why Scrutineers Matter

While electoral officials will not always admit it, scrutineers play an important role in the transparency of elections. Scrutineers are appointed by candidates as their representatives in observing the count. Scrutineers have the right to check the administrative paper work for the count, to observe all ballot papers as they are counted, to observe the … Read more

My Analysis of then 2021 Western Australian Election has been published

For the last three decades I’ve been producing statistical publications on Western Australian elections and redistributions for the WA Parliamentary Library. My latest in the series, summarising the results of the 2021 WA election in March, has just been published by the Library. You can find the full series and a link to the 2021 … Read more