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Tasmanian preference distribution update – day four

April 5, 2024 - 19:06 -- Admin

The count is nearing the end, with Clark and Franklin finishing their count today.

Quite a few candidates reached quotas today, with most of the unclear races now resolved.

It now looks likely that Craig Garland will defeat Liberal Giovanna Simpson for the final seat in Braddon, leaving the government with just 14 seats.

It also seems clear that Simon Wood will defeat Julie Sladden for the third Liberal seat in Bass, with no more Liberal votes to be distributed.

Tasmanian preference distribution update – day three

April 4, 2024 - 22:24 -- Admin

Quite a lot of counting was conducted today, with Braddon particularly proving interesting.

Any remaining doubt about the party breakdown in Franklin and Lyons has now been cleared up.

The only seats left unclear are:

  • Craig Garland or Vonette Mead (Liberal) for the final seat in Braddon
  • Liberal candidate Simon Wood is leading for the third Liberal seat in Bass


Tasmanian preference distribution update – day one

April 3, 2024 - 10:35 -- Admin

The process of counting primary votes for the Tasmanian state election concluded yesterday, and we started to see preferences distributed in three of five electorates.

Tasmania doesn’t data-enter ballot papers like for most PR counts in Australia. Instead, each round of preference distributions is conducted and then reported successively.

This will likely mean that some seats that are not yet clear will become clear as the preferences distributions proceed.

Podcast #118: India goes to the polls

April 3, 2024 - 07:00 -- Admin

Ben is joined by Sofia Ammassari from Griffith University to discuss the upcoming Indian federal election.

The world’s largest democracy is going to the polls in April, May and June, with Narendra Modi’s BJP looking set for a third term in office.

We discuss the electoral system, major political issues and the Modi government’s recent history.

Comparing the Greens vote in Brisbane in 2022 and 2024

March 28, 2024 - 09:30 -- Admin

There’s been a lot of discussion comparing the recent City of Brisbane council election to the 2022 federal election. Both elections saw a high Greens vote. At the federal election, the Greens won three seats in the inner city of Brisbane, something which exceeded expectations. Expectations were higher at the council election, with talk of the Greens winning up to six wards. The Greens did gain a swing, and won a second ward, but the eventual results didn’t quite meet expectations.