Sep 24, 20133 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, 20132 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.
Malcolm MackerrasFeb 12, 201313 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.
Malcolm MackerrasMay 30, 20129 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.
Malcolm MackerrasApr 13, 20122 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.
Malcolm MackerrasJul 26, 20115 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.
Malcolm MackerrasJul 20, 20116 Comments
The current Parliament will run its full three-year term.
Malcolm MackerrasJan 20, 20113 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.
Malcolm MackerrasOct 13, 20103 Comments
I feel emboldened now to name Saturday, October 19, 2013 as the date for our 44th general election for the House of Representatives.
Malcolm MackerrasJul 20, 20102 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.