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Malcolm Mackerras


You call that an electoral landslide? <em>These</em> were electoral landslides

You call that an electoral landslide? These were electoral landslides

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.

The extraordinary feat of a byelection-free Parliament

The extraordinary feat of a byelection-free Parliament

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.

Gillard was right to name date, but did it wrong

Gillard was right to name date, but did it wrong

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.

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

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.

Mackerras: parliamentary representation and the case for reform

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.

Mackerras: narrowing a date for the next poll

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.

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

July 20, 2011 6 Comments

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

MacKerras: the conservative case for electoral reform across the Anglosphere

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.

MacKerras: plan to vote next on October 19, 2013

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.

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

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.