On Elections

How people elect parliaments

Unusual Australian elections will highlight role of preferential voting

Two elections in Australia today – a by-election for a vacant seat in the national Parliament and the election of the state Parliament of South Australia – will highlight peculiarities … Continue reading

March 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tasmanians elect Liberal majority government

Tasmanians, voting with their century-old single transferable vote (STV) voting system, have returned the incumbent Liberal party to majority government. Since the southern-most Australian state started using the voter-proportional election … Continue reading

March 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

South Australian election 2018: preview

Australia may be headed for an historic upset of its traditional two-party election dynamic at the election of the State parliament in South Australia on March 17. For decades the … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Tasmanian election 2018: preview

Voters in the Australian state of Tasmania head to the polls on Saturday March 3rd. The incumbent Liberal majority government is facing a significant challenge in holding its majority of … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Australian parliament’s dual citizenship fiasco to roll into 2018

The constitutional high farce that has already seen 8 Australian MPS and Senators removed from Parliament now sees around a dozen more MPs under threat of removal. From July this … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Queensland voters continue the breakdown of two-party dominance

Over 30% of Queensland voters have turned away from the state’s two traditional major political parties, in a complex election result which will take several days to resolve. The election … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · 4 Comments

Queensland headed for close, complex election result

Voters in the Australian state of Queensland will elect their state Legislative Assembly tomorrow. The poll is shaping up as a close contest between the two main parties, with the … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Queensland state election called early – for last time?

The Legislative Assembly of Queensland has been dissolved for an early election – possibly the last time a state premier can casually choose an election date in Australia. Once the … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dual foreign citizens ousted from Australian Parliament

Australian voters cannot elect candidates with inherited dual citizenship to their national Parliament, the nation’s High Court has ruled, despite nearly half of the nation’s people having – or being … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

In memoriam: leading Australian electoral reformer passes away

One of the architects of the leading-edge electoral system used to elect the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, Canberra resident Boguslaw (Bogey) Musidlak, passed away last week. Musidlak, 63, was … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · 2 Comments