I have just posted two new guides for two by-elections expected in the next few months.
A by-election will be held soon in the state seat of Melbourne following the resignation of Labor MP Bronwyn Pike. The race is expected to be a head-to-head contest between Labor and the Greens.
A by-election is expected for the state seat of Sydney later in the year after legislation was passed prohibiting state MPs from running for council. The law was universally considered to be targeted at Clover Moore, the independent Lord Mayor of Sydney and local state MP. She will need to resign from Parliament in order to run for a third term as Lord Mayor in September. Her seat will likely be a contest between the Liberal Party and the Greens, although another independent or Labor candidate could also be a contender.
I have also recently completed the Google Earth map of Victorian wards, updated for the 2012 local government elections. A number of councils have changed their ward boundaries since the 2008 election map was produced.
Apart from updating those two by-election profiles, I don’t plan to post any more on the blog over the next few months. I’ve just started a new role that will occupy most of my spare time until the NSW council elections in September. In my spare time I have started working on maps for the 2013 federal election guide. If I have time I will also be covering the elections in the ACT and the Northern Territory, but most of the time will be spent getting the federal guide ready.