Topic archives: elections

If the US data gathering stories worried you, we have some bad news …

March 19, 2018 5

News of Cambridge Analytica, the data collection tool that influenced Brexit and the US election, is incredibly alarming, but is it all that different from what Australian political parties have been doing for years?

Rundle: bring back the election night tally rooms of old!

March 9, 2018 11

The digital revolution has made the tally rooms unnecessary, and we are worse off for it.

Watch the throne: the top 10 elections coming in 2018

January 11, 2018 9

2018 is shaping up to be a corker for elections around the world, with ten in particular worth keeping an eye on, writes Charles Richardson.

Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces ‘coup’

December 12, 2017

The prime minister of East Timor is refusing to allow parliament to reconvene because he will face a vote of no confidence. What next?

Crikey Worm: NBN routed

October 23, 2017 3

Good morning, early birds. NBN CEO Bill Morrow has warned the company will struggle to ever make a profit (as it is required to do), and New South Wales and Victoria top the states' economic scorecard. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Poll Bludger: how Nick Xenophon could end the two-party political system

October 9, 2017 13

Nick Xenophon stands poised to unleash his full powers of disruption at the South Australian election in March.

Did Canavan’s mum sign him up for Italian citizenship so he could vote for Berlusconi?

July 28, 2017 7

The 2006 Italian election was a tight race, and the first in which Australian-Italians could have their say. Is that why Matt Canavan's mother signed him up?

Which parties will form a governing coalition in East Timor?

July 24, 2017 2

The surprise outcome of the elections was the rise of Khunto, which looks to have taken five seats.

East Timor’s democracy is flourishing, but economic hard times will test its resolve

July 21, 2017 3

To suggest that East Timor's democracy is "consolidated" or somehow a permanent feature of the political landscape might reflect a blinkered understanding of what it takes to retain a viable democracy.

On the anniversary of an activist’s murder, Cambodia prepares for a showdown

July 10, 2017 1

Can Hun Sen finally be ousted from Cambodia?

Meet the men running for the Iranian presidency

May 19, 2017 1

Iranians will decide their next president this week in what looms an important geopolitical decision, writes veteran foreign news reporter John Tulloh.

East Timor’s democracy put to the test

March 20, 2017

The real question now is whether East Timor will be able to establish a viable opposition after today's election.

With extreme two-party swings getting worse, has our electoral system become too unstable?

March 17, 2017 10

Time to ask questions about the ongoing suitability of Australia's prevailing electoral and constitutional arrangements.

Committee recommends wide-ranging crackdown on foreign donations

March 10, 2017

Australian political parties would be banned from accepting foreign donations under a proposal from the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters.

Is East Timor run by a ‘stable’ govt or conspiratorial oligarchy?

January 27, 2017 1

Fears that East Timor could create its own "dominant party" structure have recently intensified.

Mayne: will Melbourne’s first indigenous councillor be allowed to take her seat?

November 1, 2016 1

Melbourne, on the brink of making history, might be denied its first indigenous councillor at the 11th hour.

Why do we vote like it’s 1999?

Why do we vote like it’s 1999?

June 9, 2016 1

When does a party have to include disclosure? Why can't ads use footage of Parliament? And where do dank memes fit in?

Suu Kyi, the Queen of Burma, preps for election, but demurs on Myanmar’s Muslims

Suu Kyi, the Queen of Burma, preps for election, but demurs on Myanmar’s Muslims

October 19, 2015 5

Three out of four people on the street in Myanmar predict Aung San Suu Kyi will get a majority in Myanmar's upcoming election.

Pyne’s sleepless nights ahead of 2016 election as Xenophon soars

Pyne’s sleepless nights ahead of 2016 election as Xenophon soars

April 9, 2015 1

Tony Abbott's Coalition is losing footing in former Liberal strongholds. And the party's stocks in South Australia just keep on sliding, posing serious problems for one colourful frontbencher.

Poll Bludger: Sydney Liberal holdouts could quash Labor’s dreams

Poll Bludger: Sydney Liberal holdouts could quash Labor’s dreams

March 27, 2015

While Labor will win back many seats lost in their 2011 landslide defeat, Premier Mike Baird's Liberal Party will almost certainly retain government.