I’m a graduate of the University of Sydney, and today ballots were sent out to all graduates of the university to vote in the quadrennial election of five Graduate Fellows to sit on the Senate.
Articles from The Tally Room
I’ve finally finished my post-election maps for Germany, for those who may be interested.
I have updated the maps for the 2013 election on the Maps page to reflect the ‘first vote’ results in each constituency. I have also added a map for the 2005 election. I am missing maps for the four Lander that changed boundaries between 2005 and 2009. If you have any data you can share to help with this, please let me know.
Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU parties have gained the largest swings towards them at the 2013 German federal election, with minor parties generally losing ground.
The CDU/CSU gained a large 7.8% swing towards them, with the centre-left Social Democrats gaining a smaller 2.7% swing. The three minor parties with parliamentary seats all suffered negative swings. The left-wing Left Party lost 3.3% and the Greens lost 2.3%.
After an election where the vast majority of candidates running were men, the male-dominated Coalition won seats, and today a new cabinet will be sworn in with only one woman, it may be surprising to know that the number of women in the new Parliament will be increased.
In the House of Representatives, the number of women has increased from 37 in 2010 to 39 in 2013, out of a total of 150.
Indi has been the seat that has been the most interesting seat during the first week of counting. Cathy McGowan has led for most of the week, but was on track to fall behind before an additional 1003 votes that had not been correctly entered were found, and expanded her lead.
Parramatta in Western Sydney currently is sitting as the second-most-marginal seat in the country. Labor MP Julie Owens is leading by 482 votes: a 50.32% margin.
Owens started out leading by over 1000 votes, but has not yet fallen behind despite losing ground.
As it stands, there are still a bunch of seats left outstanding.
Seven seats are on margins of less than 50.6%, and I’ll run through a couple of key races here:
Apart from these seven seats, the Coalition holds 87 seats, the ALP holds 53 seats, and there are three crossbench seats (Bandt, Katter, Wilkie).
McEwen was the closest seat at the 2007 election, and this time it’s one of the closest again. Currently the Liberal Party’s Donna Petrovich leads the ALP’s Rob Mitchell by 331 votes, which amounts to a margin of 50.19%.
McEwen covers parts of northern Victoria to the north of Melbourne, including Sunbury, Craigieburn, Seymour, Gisborne and Puckapunyal.