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How people elect parliaments

Australia unchanged

Australia has gone to a national election, and the result is a Parliament virtually identical to the outgoing one. The incumbent Liberal-National government will continue in office. And key political … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 3 Comments

Australia goes to the polls

Australians head to the polls today to elect their 46th national House of Representatives and half their Senate, both using preferential (ranked choice) voting. It will be a poignant event … Continue reading

May 18, 2019 · 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

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

Dual citizenship crisis roils Australian Parliament

Australia’s constitutional rules relating to eligibility for parliamentary election are wreaking havoc across the current Parliament. Two senators have already resigned, and three more parliamentarians have been referred to the … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

New party steals votes from South Australians

A newly formed Australian political party has taken possession of three elected positions in Australian parliaments, despite never having faced the voters. Earlier this year Australian Senator Cory Bernardi walked … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Legal ruling means original voter ballots will determine new Senator

The new Senator to replace Bob Day, who left the Australian Senate late last year, will be determined by a recount of the ballots from the July 2016 election, after … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · 5 Comments

Who gets to choose – voters or party officials?

A vacancy in the Australian Senate exists – for one of the 12 representatives elected by voters in the state of South Australia – and the nation’s High Court will … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Australian government will have difficulties with new Senate

With the probable make-up of the Australian Senate becoming clearer, the balance of power looks grim for the government. Almost all the cross-bench factions will be able to veto government … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Australian Government hedges on optional preferencing

Long-awaited reforms to the voting system for electing Australia’s senators have finally emerged. The Government Bill released on Monday pulls back from the widely expected move to allow voters optional … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · Leave a comment