On Elections

How people elect parliaments

Australia’s growing habit of Independents

One to the key interests in Saturday’s Australian national elections is the sharply rising prospects of independent candidates, running without endorsement from any political party. This situation requires some explanation, … Continue reading

May 20, 2022 · 1 Comment

South Australian election historic, but for the wrong reasons

The unpredictable – some said “unwinnable” – election in South Australia has thrown up a result not at all favoured by the polls and betting markets; a majority Liberal government. … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

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

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 · 3 Comments

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