Fact sheet

Fact Check: Did the Liberal Party lose a million votes last election?

Senator for South Australia Cory Bernardi sought to justify his defection from the Liberal Party by claiming the party's support at the last election had dropped by 1 million votes. But is he correct?
Report

The market of disinformation

This report examines the impact of algorithmic changes made by social media platforms, designed to curb the spread of disinformation, through the lens of digital marketing. The report highlights some of the techniques used by campaigners to attract, retain and persuade online audiences. It also...
Article

New Caledonia decides the timing of its second independence referendum

Preparations are proceeding in a businesslike way for the second of three possible independence referendums in New Caledonia, in 2020. Loyalists and independence groups are staking out their positions.
Discussion paper

Solving and creating problems: online voting in New Zealand

This paper was written to provide background material and references on some of the issues raised in discussions around online voting for government elections - it is not an analysis of any specific policy, document or model of online voting.
Article

Self-determination in New Caledonia: uncharted waters ahead

As Australia prepares for its parliamentary elections, Congress elections are under way across the Coral Sea in France’s New Caledonia, with potentially game-changing impact on governance and stability there. Independence parties look set to increase their representation, which will heighten tensions at a critical stage...
Report

Immigration, population growth and voters: who cares, and why?

This report summarises a national survey of voters’ attitudes to population growth, immigration, and cultural and economic change run by The Australian Population Research Institute in 2018.
Report

Analysis of informal voting: House of Representatives 2016 election

Following the 2016 general election, the AEC undertook an Informal Ballot Paper Study to analyse the levels and types of informal voting. The national informality rate (informal votes as a percentage of all votes cast) decreased from 5.91 per cent of all votes cast in...
Report

Voter turnout: 2016 House of Representatives and Senate elections

Turnout at the 2016 House of Representatives elections (91.0 per cent) was the lowest recorded since the introduction of compulsory voting ahead of the 1925 federal election, finds this analysis. Turnout at the 2016 Senate elections (91.9 per cent) was the lowest recorded since the...
Commentary

Voting early, voting often?

Leaving aside errors and misunderstandings, Australia doesn’t have a big fraudulent-voting problem. But a little reassurance wouldn’t go amiss.
Discussion paper

The 2019 national general election in Solomon Islands — a personal perspective: navigating a maze of challenges

On 3 April 2019, the people of Solomon Islands will go to the polls to elect their representatives in the national parliament for the next four years, but the outcome of the 2019 national election will not change the core challenges facing Solomon Islands.