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PNG creates new electorates

April 2, 2022 - 11:30 -- Admin

Papua New Guinea’s parliament has recently passed the first successfully redistribution in the nation since 1977. The decision will see seven new seats created at the 2022 election, and a further six in 2027. While it does slightly reduce the overall amount of malapportionment, it only makes a dent in the problem, and leaves many electorates much larger or smaller than the average.

Don’t let single-member electorates off the hook

March 26, 2022 - 11:00 -- Admin

There’s been a lot of discussion over the last few days about the Labor preselection for my local federal seat of Parramatta, where sitting Labor MP Julie Owens is retiring after 18 years. Parramatta is a very diverse electorate, which large numbers of voters of Indian and Chinese heritage, but more generally including a very diverse range of communities.

SA election the next day

March 20, 2022 - 18:53 -- Admin

I drafted this blog post this morning but unfortunately due to some technical problems the website has been down most of the day. I’ve tried to update all the data but the map is based on this morning’s data and I may have missed some updates.

The Marshall Liberal government lost power last night, the third conservative state government in the last decade to lose power after just one term.

The journey of Florey

March 14, 2022 - 09:30 -- Admin

The most marginal seat in South Australia is Newland, in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide. The seat was won by the Liberal Party by a 2% margin in 2018, but my redistribution model estimates the seat as a super-marginal Labor seat, while Antony Green’s estimates keep the seat on the Liberal side of the pendulum by a sliver.