2016 was a good year for candidates overcoming their party’s Senate ballot order. We saw Tasmanian Labor senator Lisa Singh win re-election as one of five Labor senators despite being ranked sixth on her party list, with the candidate ranked above her, John Short, missing out. We also saw Tasmanian Liberal senator Richard Colbeck perform strongly on below-the-line votes, but he was less successful, although he later returned to the Senate due to a vacancy caused by section 44.
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Ben is joined by El Gibbs and Gareth Bryant to discuss the final declaration of candidate nominations for the federal election, Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party and the role of housing policy in the election.
Thanks to 2SER radio in Sydney for the use of their studio.
I posted earlier this week about the number of candidates running for each party, with a breakdown of candidates by gender. I had a number of questions about how many of these candidates are running in winnable seats.
Nominations were announced yesterday, with a small increase in lower house candidates but a substantial shrinking of the size of Senate ballot papers.
1056 candidates have nominated for the House of Representatives, a slight increase from the 994 who nominated in 2016, but still less than the 1188 who ran in 2013.
There has definitely been a decline in the size of the Senate ballot papers in each state.
Clive Palmer, newly returning to federal politics at the head of his United Australia Party, has been pursuing a case in the High Court which could change the way election nights take place in this country. I thought I’d run through the main points of the case and the impact if he was successful.
Nominations for the federal election will close tomorrow, with those nominations being announced on Wednesday, when the ballot draws will be conducted. We should have the final list of candidates in ballot order by the end of Wednesday. I’ll do a blog post on Thursday morning with the final nominations information.
I have been regularly updating a list of federal candidates with the help of Nick Casmirri and a bunch of commenters (thanks to you all).
The New South Wales election process came to a close this morning when the button was pushed for the New South Wales Legislative Council, triggering the distribution of preferences. This count took over an hour, seemingly longer due to more voters marking preferences, and resulted in parties of the centre-left making ground in the final counting to win an extra seat off the centre-right compared to what primary votes would suggest.
Nominations for the federal election will close next Tuesday, April 23. This is the first full federal election since a massive number of federal MPs lost their seats in 2017 and 2018 due to ineligibility, mostly due to citizenship.
We are now very close to the end of counting for the NSW Legislative Council. The original plan was to finish data entry on Wednesday, with the button to be pushed on Friday morning. This has now been pushed back to Monday morning.
In this post I will run through the votes counted so far (which is most of them) and the possible role of preferences in deciding the final three seats.