This paper draws on data from the new Samoa Election Results database to highlight salient features and trends in Samoa’s electoral history.
This paper explores the hypothesis that growth of government has become self-sustaining through the emergence of a segment of the population that both enjoys sufficient direct support from government and is large enough that political parties shape policies to curry its favour.
This report has been compiled by the VEC on the conduct of the Greater Geelong City Council general election held in October 2017. The report provides commentary on the services provided by the different branches within the VEC and their performance in the execution of...
Several Australian local government franchises still include rules that have been abolished at the Federal and State levels, such as property qualifications, votes for corporations, and various forms of plural voting.
While the recent New Zealand local authority elections attracted their fair share of media headlines, the dominant narrative, as in previous elections, was one of declining turnout and whether or not local government has a future. Little was heard about the nature of the role...
In April 2016 New Zealand’s long-awaited online voting trial for local elections was again cancelled, or postponed indefinitely. Despite its advocacy of e-government, central government in New Zealand has continued to stall over trialling online voting. The trial of online voting was strongly supported by...
The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria Inc. (ECCV) is the voice of multicultural Victoria and the peak policy advocacy body for eight regional ethnic community councils and up to 220 members including ethnic and multicultural organisations across Victoria since 1974. For over 40 years, we...
While Australia has a system of universal franchise, in the sense of a system of voting that is broadly inclusionary, there are some notable exceptions – minors and some convicted criminals are excluded, for example. While the political participation of these excluded...
One thing Election 2016 seems to have demonstrated, is that volatility is the new normal. Pendulum like election results, significant swings, minor parties and protest votes are the new political reality.
Does this demonstrate that voters are less addicted to political 'entertainment', less in...
New research shows a rising number of the Australian adult population are not enrolled, not casting a vote or voting informally.
Combined with the sinking major party vote, nearly 40% of Australian adults did not vote for either party able to form government in...
In a unanimous judgement, the High Court on Friday crushed Family First senator Bob Day’s High Court challenge to the recent Senate voting reforms.
The court regarded none of Day’s arguments as having any merit. It dismissed them as “untenable” or failing at their...
Vote Compass is an educational tool developed by a non-profit group of political scientists and hosted by the ABC.
Based on your responses to a brief questionnaire, Vote Compass generates an analysis of how your views compare to the positions of the...
The Queensland political landscape has changed drastically with the introduction of four new MPs and the reintroduction of compulsory preferential voting. The ABC's election analyst, Antony Green, says the changes are astonishing.
This working paper outlines the case for the South Australian House of Assembly adopting an Alternative voting plus (AV+) voting system and argues that AV+ would represent a genuine attempt at producing a majority government whilst increasing proportionally.
Australians are referendum reluctant. Only eight out of forty-four constitutional referendums have succeeded.
In Switzerland the population votes four times year, on about ten different direct democracy initiatives.
New Zealand referenda are not as regular but this week our kiwi cousins are voting...
This paper focuses on telecommunication infrastructure as the backbone of a fast-growing digital economy, and raises important questions about the early National Broadband Network (NBN) in Australia.
This paper investigates the demographic correlates of early voting in person at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Victorian state elections. Between 2006 and 2014 the rate of early voting in person increased 300 percent at Victorian state elections. These elections followed the...
Australian "exceptionalism" with respect to the implementation of human rights norms has been widely noted and frequently criticized. As the only developed Western state without a bill or statutory charter of rights, Australia stands in a unique position. In law, human rights...
New research shows an increasing level of discontent among western democracies, with a diminishing number of people in Australia who believe voting makes a difference. Matt O'Neil and Tim Roxburgh investigate what this growing disenchantment will mean for world politics in 2015.