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Articles by Malcolm Mackerras

You call that an electoral landslide? These were electoral landslides

Tony Abbott did not secure a landslide victory, writes Australian Catholic University psephologist Malcolm Mackerras. In fact, only one Labor government since the 1950s lost in a landslide.

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The extraordinary feat of a byelection-free Parliament

Why haven’t any Australian MPs resigned since the last election? The country’s first uninterrupted Parliament in 62 years has defied all expectations. These days, MPs just won’t die.

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Gillard was right to name date, but did it wrong

Julia Gillard’s decision to name the election date in advance was regarded as “unprecedented” by a hostile press gallery. But Harold Holt — and NZ’s John Key — both announced the date months out.

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Mackerras: our democracy is the least-worst of the bunch

Al Smith, failed 1928 Democratic candidate for the US presidency, said “all the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy”. Looking at recent elections in Greece and Australia, he was mostly right.

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Mackerras: parliamentary representation and the case for reform

I think that the interests of good government are best served by giving the single biggest party a bonus when votes are translated into seats.

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Mackerras: narrowing a date for the next poll

While the parliaments of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and both territories do have scheduled election dates, our federal parliament does not, writes psephologist Malcolm Mackerras.

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MacKerras: forget byelections … we’re off to polls in October 2013

The current Parliament will run its full three-year term.

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MacKerras: the conservative case for electoral reform across the Anglosphere

The Conservative Party got the better of the Liberal-Democrats in the negotiations for coalition government. And a new electoral reform agenda will likely go their way, too.

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MacKerras: plan to vote next on October 19, 2013

I feel emboldened now to name Saturday, October 19, 2013 as the date for our 44th general election for the House of Representatives.

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MacKerras: winter, winner … a trifecta for Labor’s cold snap election

If Gillard gets the sort of win I am now predicting for her, then there will be a new Mackerras law of electoral history, says Malcolm MacKerras.

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MacKerras: still a bias, albeit reduced, in UK election system

Finally, the British people are to get a referendum for what they call “the alternative vote”.

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MacKerras: time to scrap a tired voting system for NZ election

Malcolm MacKerras is trying to persuade the people of New Zealand to scrap their MMP voting system and replace it with a better one.

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Kiwis voting system to go to referendum

Malcolm MacKerras has been trying to persuade New Zealand’s politicians to replace their Mixed Member Proportional electoral system with a better one.

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Bradfield will be a test for the Liberals, mark my words

Byelections can no longer be guaranteed to record good results for Opposition parties. So how will the Bradfield byelection play out? If the Liberal share is less than 58%, it’ll be bad news for Malcolm Turnbull.

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BC-STV vs MMP: a psephological case study

The old British dominions of Australia, New Zealand and Canada make for an interesting psephological compare/contrast exercise, writes Malcolm Mackerras.

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