Elections

Commentary

21 Nov 2017

No one saw this coming. Last Thursday, an opinion poll told us that Victoria’s Labor government would win the Northcote by-election with room to spare, by 54 per cent to 46 for the Greens. But two days later, the voters did the reverse, and gave...

Guide

14 Nov 2017

The process of drawing and adjusting electoral boundaries in Australia is called a ‘redistribution’, and at the federal level is governed by Part IV of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (CEA). Currently, five redistributions—for Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia (SA), Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory...

Guide

9 Nov 2017

This Quick Guide summarises the often complex funding and disclosure laws in each Australian state and territory for the purpose of comparison. These are the laws that regulate who can make and receive political donations, how and when those donations must be disclosed, how much...

Research report

31 Oct 2017

This Research Note provides some background data on the inner Melbourne seat of Northcote, which will have a by-election on 18 November 2017. This by-election is being held as a result of the untimely death of Fiona Richardson, who served as Victorian Minister for Women...

Research report

31 Oct 2017

President Jokowi arguably has given more personal attention to Papua than any president since Soeharto, but his government has made at least three miscalculations in its policies there: that economic development would make political grievances go away; that past human rights violations would be easy...

Article

20 Oct 2017

When New Zealand’s 37-year-old Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern is formally sworn in as Prime Minister there will be some, on both sides of the Tasman, who will try to question her legitimacy. Those doing so will reveal they do not understand New Zealand’s proportional representation...

Briefing paper

16 Oct 2017

On 23 June 2011, former Premier Barry O'Farrell announced the "long overdue review" of the State's electoral legislation by the NSW Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. Whilst the two key Acts of the NSW electoral system – the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act...

Report

4 Oct 2017

Local governments are responsible for the good governance of local and regional communities. In performing this role, local governments execute a range of functions, including planning and monitoring, service delivery, and lawmaking and enforcement. They also play an important advocacy role, representing the interests of...

Presentation

25 Sep 2017

Introduction

The American political sociologist Barrington Moore once said, ‘No bourgeoisie, no democracy.’ We are now seeing that formula being put through an interesting test. It seems that in just about every Western liberal democracy right now, the preconditions of democracy are under...

Research report

18 Sep 2017

Western Australia has a bicameral parliament consisting of the Legislative Assembly (lower house) and the Legislative Council (upper house). On 11 November 2011 the Western Australian Parliament passed the Electoral and Constitution Amendment Act 2011 (WA) which established a fixed election date: elections are held...

Blog post

31 Aug 2017

One year and one day after a new parliament sits, the AEC calculates the number of seats each state is entitled to. It does this by summing state populations, dividing that number by the number of members for the states (as stated in s24 of...

Report

20 Aug 2017

The Commonwealth Observer Group for PNG’s 2017 National Election was present in the country from 19 June to 10 July. Our arrival was preceded by a visit to PNG by the Chair from 24 to 27 May 2017, and an Advance Observer Team, deployed from...

Book

18 Aug 2017

Based on New Zealand Election Study (NZES) data from a sample of 2,830 eligible voters, A Bark But No Bite explores a puzzle. While there was a lot of talk about inequality before the 2014 general election in New Zealand, and during the campaign, concern...

Journal

14 Aug 2017

This issue of Policy Quarterly focuses on some of the important policy issues facing New Zealand as it enters the 2017 general election campaign. There are ten invited contributions from researchers drawn from a range of disciplines and perspectives. The topics covered are mostly those...

Website

14 Aug 2017

Policy is an interactive tool covering key policy from every major party in New Zealand's General Election 2017.

Policy draws on publicly available information about the key election policies of seven New Zealand political parties. Parties with a seat in the current Parliament, or...

Report

9 Aug 2017

The conduct of any major electoral event is a significant logistical challenge and the 2017 State election was no different. Following the amendment of State enrolment laws, almost 200,000 more Western Australians were eligible to vote than in the 2013 State election. The relaxation of...

Discussion paper

1 Aug 2017

In 2011–12 Papua New Guinea suffered its most serious constitutional crisis since independence, when the incumbent prime minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, was effectively removed from office in a ‘political coup’ by members of parliament whose actions were subsequently ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme...

Commentary

12 Jul 2017

Let’s be optimistic and say that it’s never too late to start restoring trust in politics and its practitioners. It is not as though we can return to some golden age of democracy, when voters considered politics an honourable and noble profession, because such an...

Guide

10 Jul 2017

The Australian federal political funding and disclosure system has two main components:

a disclosure scheme including annual disclosure of total receipts, total payments, total debts and donations above the disclosure threshold (currently $13,500, indexed annually) for parties and associated entities , annual returns for...

Research report

30 Jun 2017

Executive summary

The Coalition, led by Malcolm Turnbull, was returned at the election with 76 seats and a slim majority of one in the House of Representatives and faced an enlarged crossbench in the Senate. The 2016 election saw the return of Pauline...