September 24, 2013 3 Comments
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.
May 13, 2013 2 Comments
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.
February 12, 2013 13 Comments
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.
May 30, 2012 9 Comments
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.
April 13, 2012 2 Comments
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.
July 26, 2011 5 Comments
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.
July 20, 2011 6 Comments
The current Parliament will run its full three-year term.
January 20, 2011 3 Comments
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.
October 13, 2010 3 Comments
I feel emboldened now to name Saturday, October 19, 2013 as the date for our 44th general election for the House of Representatives.
July 20, 2010 2 Comments
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.