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  • Resignations, retirements and by-elections...and more to come

    Posted 3/11/2014 by Joy McCann
    Resignations and retirements have resulted in a spate of by-elections in state and territory parliaments this year, including two each in NSW (Newcastle and Charlestown), Queensland (Redcliffe and Stafford) and the Northern Territory (Blain and Casuarina), and one in Western Australia (Vasse). Another two by-elections are to be held shortly in South Australia as a result of the death of one MP and the resignation of another (in the electorate of Fisher on 6 December 2014 and Davenport at a date ... Read more...

    TAGS: by-elections, state and territories, parliament

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  • ACT Assembly to increase in size

    Posted 7/08/2014 by Brenton Holmes

    With bipartisan support, the ACT Assembly has passed two bills to increase representation of ACT citizens and enhance democracy in the Territory. The number of electorates will increase from three to five, with five members per electorate—a 5X5 model.

    Greens’ MLA Shane Rattenbury, said that the model ‘locks in the two old parties and makes it harder for smaller parties and independents to gain representation. I support a bigger Assembly - but one that encourages diversity and broader community representation, not one where democracy loses out’.

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    TAGS: elections, ACT Assembly

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  • Electing the party leader

    Posted 1/10/2013 by Deirdre McKeown
    On 8 July 2013, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced proposed changes to the way in which the Australian Labor Party elects its leader. The changes included votes by the party membership and votes by the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party (FPLP), weighted at 50% each, and processes for when and how a leader can be challenged and the amount of Caucus support needed to mount a challenge to the leader. The special meeting of Caucus on 22 July 2013 endorsed the proposals but agreed that a petiti... Read more...

    TAGS: ALP, elections, leadership, political parties

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  • The 2013 Italian general election: a new source of European instability?

    Posted 1/03/2013 by Nina Markovic
    Source: Italian Parliament
    The Italian general election took place on 24–25 February with the lowest voter turnout since the 1950s (under 75 per cent) and did not produce a clear parliamentary majority. It has left Italy politically deadlocked whilst rekindling fears of a new source of European instability.European press and politicians have suggested that an uncertain election result in the Eurozone’s third largest economy (after Germany and France) has renewed fears of an imminent crisis in the Eurozone. Trading on the ... Read more...

    TAGS: elections, Italy

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  • Federal election 2013: How safe is your seat?

    Posted 31/01/2013 by Joanne Simon-Davies
    The “safeness” of an electoral division is determined by the size of the swing required for the division to be lost by the party (or independent) holding the division. A marginal division requires a swing of less than six per cent, a fairly safe division requires a swing of six to ten per cent and a safe division requires a swing of over ten per cent. This FlagPost details the most up-to-date information on those divisions that are marginal and fairly safe. Those seats that are considered safe h... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Electoral Commission, elections, federal election 2013

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  • U.S. Presidential election results and the changing nature of political communication

    Posted 21/11/2012 by Sophia Fernandes
    Despite predictions of a down-to-the-wire election, the US presidential election on 6 November 2012 provided incumbent President Barack Obama (Dem) with a definitive win both in Electoral College votes and the National Popular Vote. When Associated Press called Florida, the last state to be finalised, for President Obama, it gave him the overwhelming lead of 332 Electoral College votes, well in advance of the 270 votes needed to win and of Governor Romney’s (Rep) 206 votes. A Democrat win was i... Read more...

    TAGS: elections, social media, US politics, US presidential election

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  • What happens to the House and Senate if an election is called early in 2013?

    Posted 15/11/2012 by Brenton Holmes
    Recently the possibility had been raised that an election may be called for only the House of Representatives in the early part of 2013. Usually, a half-Senate election would also be held. But according to the Australian elections timetable prepared by the Parliamentary Library, the earliest that a half-Senate election can feasibly occur is 3 August 2013.The termination of ParliamentFor an election to be held, the existing (43rd) session of Parliament must first be terminated. This is formally d... Read more...

    TAGS: elections, Senate

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  • Republican presidential nomination process

    Posted 23/03/2012 by Sophia Fernandes
    Republican Party Presidential Primariesresults by countiesSource: Wikimedia
    The next United States Presidential election will be held on 6 November 2012. This year focus is on the Republican Party presidential nomination process as President Obama has announced his intention to seek the Democratic Party presidential nomination. The presidential candidate for the Republican Party will have to accumulate at least 1144 delegate votes out of the 2286 on offer at the various primaries and caucuses from January to June this year to win the nomination at the Republican Nationa... Read more...

    TAGS: elections, presidential nomination, united states

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  • Women in Australian Parliaments

    Posted 8/03/2012 by Joy McCann
    
    Vida Goldstein Source: Wikimedia Commons
     A new Background Note, Representation of Women in Australian Parliaments, published by the Parliamentary Library to coincide with International Women's Day, reveals that there are currently more women parliamentarians in the Senate than at any other time since Federation. However, despite occupying several high-profile roles, women are still significantly under-represented in Australian parliaments, comprising less than one-third of all parliamentarians and occupying less than one-quarter of ... Read more...

    TAGS: 43rd Parliament, elections, International Women's Day, political parties preselection, women

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  • Informal votes - if they don't scrub up, should we let them into the election ball

    Posted 11/07/2011 by Brenton Holmes
    
    Image source: AEC
    At every federal election hundreds of thousands of citizens are lodging votes that don’t count towards the election of their representatives. These are votes that don’t meet the requirements to be considered ‘formal’—and their number is growing. At the 2010 election, 729 304 House of Representatives votes were declared informal—equivalent in number to the formal votes cast in 7.8 average electorates. This informality was 5.5 per cent of the vote—the highest level since the introduc... Read more...

    TAGS: elections

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