Monthly Archives: August 2010

Was this election really a massive shift?

There has been a lot of talk that this election has heralded a massive change in Australian politics. There have been a few unique things in this election, it’s the first time a new party has won a seat in … Continue reading

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Why a double dissolution is very unlikely

Plenty of people are talking up the chances of a doulbe dissolution election sometime during this term. I think it is very unlikely, and it seems to show a misunderstanding of what a double dissolution is- it’s a mechanism for … Continue reading

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How significant was the swing against Labor?

Another claim Tony Abbott has made to back him forming government is that the swing against Labor was very large. “Mr Abbott said that after the ”savage swing” against Labor on Saturday, ”I think that the public expects a change … Continue reading

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Required votes to catch up

Lots of seats are pretty close. I decided to work out what the necessary 2 party prefered¬† vote for the remainder of the count for the party to catch up. The values in the table are how the 2 party … Continue reading

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The primary vote is irrelevant Tony

Watching the election results, the Liberals are trying to claim that the fact they got a higher primary vote somehow gives them the right to govern. I don’t know when we moved to a first past the post system in … Continue reading

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I hear there’s an election today.

I guess if I’m going to be doing a political blog, I need to talk about the election today. Abbott is completely backwards looking, posesses no imagination, and his campaign has been completely negative. He has focussed on irrelevant crap … Continue reading

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Lizards and preferential voting

There’s a line from one of the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy books about a planet ruled by lizards, because people don’t want to vote the wrong lizard in. If those people lived in Australia, they wouldn’t have to make … Continue reading

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