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Abbott, 2009: Oppositions are not there to get legislation through.

Listening and reading about what’s happening in Parliament and barely a day goes by when I don’t remember this fantastic line delivered by Inigo Montoya in the movie The Princess … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Transitions are rarely stumble free.

On Wednesday 27th of November I took part in the regular AusOpinion Dog Whistle pod-cast series. During that discussion with Ed Butler and Damien Walker one of the topics covered was the … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 3 Comments

What makes an election memorable?

Recently I tweeted: “Minor party pref deals, a WA Senate recounts [sic], and now inexplicable 1375 lost votes, Election 2013 one to remember.”. I then started to think while … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

Another way to look at electorates: part 2

After the tumultuous parliamentary proceedings perhaps it is time to sit down, grab a warm beverage (it is Winter) and play with some electorate data to relax. Well, ok, this may not … Continue reading

June 29, 2013

Another way to look at electorates

Have you ever watched Parliament on TV and heard the speaker say “the Member for Chifley has the call” and wondered, who is the member for Chifley (Ed Husic) and … Continue reading

June 19, 2013

A forecast is an educated guess

Reading Simon Jackman’s Guardian article Opinion polls tell us Labor can’t win it dawned on me I was reading another article discussing the seeming inevitability of a Coalition victory in September. What if Australians … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · 6 Comments

Budget 2013-14: the budget reply language shifts to the individual.

Ah, the second Tuesday and Thursday in May. I find it is a wonderful time, the air is crisp and there is every excuse to sit inside, heater on, with … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 12 Comments

Trivia special: 43 Parliaments, 71 Knights

While researching for a different article I’ve ended up exploring a range of publicly available data-sets searching for information.[1] This post is a bit of a trivia special sharing some … Continue reading

May 6, 2013

How many House of Representatives votes don’t go to the big-four?

After reading a post by @mrteidt I was left with the question how many of the 13 million or so votes cast in the Federal Election do not make it to the … Continue reading

March 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

Which Federal political brand is mentioned the most online?

There are at least 12.1 million Internet subscribers in Australia (ABS). Today I asked myself which Federal political brand is mentioned the most online? Using Google search the major brands … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · 5 Comments

What makes something discussed within the House of Representatives news worthy?

With the first sitting period of Federal Parliament for 2013 now behind us, using Hansard as a source of data I’ve created a House of Representatives (HoR) word-cloud. After creating the … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

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