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NSW federal redistribution – official numbers published

September 28, 2023 - 10:00 -- Admin

Federal redistributions have recently commenced in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

The AEC yesterday published the enrolment data to be used to draw New South Wales federal electorates.

There are two sets of data – enrolment data as of August 2023, and projected enrolments as of April 2028. This data has been published at the level of SA1, but for this post I’m just looking at it at the electorate and regional level.

Podcast #103: A history of Indigenous elections in Australia

September 22, 2023 - 06:00 -- Admin

Ben is joined by historian Alison Holland, who is researching the history of ATSIC, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. We discuss the history and current existence of Indigenous elected institutions around Australia, including ATSIC and its predecessors at a federal level, regional land councils and state Voices that have started to pop up.

Choosing a voting system for NZ councils

September 21, 2023 - 13:00 -- Admin

I have been fascinated recently with voting systems for local government, and how they change – in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

New Zealand also has an element of choice in their local government electoral system. Each council gets to choose from one of two methods of electing the council, and there is also an option for the voters to make the choice in a local referendum.

Good, bad and ugly ward redistributions in NSW

September 5, 2023 - 10:00 -- Admin

The process of redrawing local council wards for next year’s New South Wales council elections is now quite advanced, with the councils due for a change having mostly decided on draft boundaries and put them out for public commentary, ahead of an early October deadline.

Unfortunately there’s no centralised process of recording these proposals, so I have spent some time going through council websites pulling together information on what is happening.