Mar 19, 2018

Poll Bludger: two-party system alive and well in Batman and SA

With whiplash-inducing speed, media takes about the frailty of the two-party system have made way for prognostications on the failure of its challengers to match expectations.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Another week, another ignominious end to what had seemed a grave threat to Australia's two-party establishment.

Actually, make that multiple threats -- between South Australia and Batman, Saturday proved to be a bad night not only for the Greens and Nick Xenophon, but also for Cory Bernardi, whose much-hyped Australian Conservatives couldn’t even match the past achievements of Family First.

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6 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: two-party system alive and well in Batman and SA

  1. Pankration

    I can’t access this article when I log in.

  2. klewso

    Spare a thought for the IPA, Friday’s The Dum :- “The Thoughts of Chairman Wild” on the propects of his beloved Bernardzi Party?
    …… Some people actually pay that mob to do the sort of “anal-ysis” they want to hear – including on “macro-economic policy”, for Tuppence and his government’s Dept; of PM &C?

    1. Nudiefish

      If you cut down on the mocking nicknames a bit the rest of us might stand a chance trying to work out what the hell you are trying to say?

  3. Geoff Russell

    One of those minor parties was the Animal Justice Party. We only ran in 4 lower house seats but are got more votes than Bernardi’s conservatives in 3 of those and close to the magic 4 percent also in 3 of those. In the upper house we’d probably have scored a seat under the old voting system. Kelly Vincent got her seat with 11,373 votes in 2010 and we’ll probably end up with 25,000 first preferences. We swapped preferences with the Greens in the LC which might get them over the line, as long as our voters didn’t get fooled by ECSA polling officials illegally advising people to just vote 1 above the line. We’ve complained to the Ombudsman about this after the ECSA failed to put their response to our complaint in writing. It will be perhaps a week before we know how many people had their vote dumped because of dodgy ECSA advice and the total lack of mention in their mass marketing of the change to the voting system.

  4. AR

    Compulsory proportional voting has served well in the past – far better than FPtP – but the sheer cynicism/bastardry of T1 & T2 combining against a third option.
    I’d prefer rigorous D’Ondt or Hare-Clark both Chambers (federal and state) but would lean to MME were it on offer.
    As noted elsewhere, the chances of the majors opting for evaporation are minimal.

  5. Norm

    Richard Di Natale would do well to focus his ire on Richard Di Natale. Hypocrite extraordinaire. 1 January 2017 pension changes forgotten already Dick?

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