This is the last front-page blog post for the Tally Room for 2014.
I’ll be returning on January 12, and will be jumping straight into coverage of next year’s Queensland and New South Wales state elections.
2014 was a very big year for the Tally Room. I produced complete seat-by-seat guides for the New Zealand general election in September, and for state elections in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. We also experienced the bizarre Senate by-election in Western Australia, as well as elections for the Tasmanian Legislative Council and six state by-elections, one federal by-election and a major lord mayoral by-election in Newcastle.
This big year of elections will spill over into 2015, with two of Australia’s largest states going to the polls to elect state governments. New South Wales will vote at the end of March. We don’t know when Queensland will vote, but it could be as early as February. We will also be experiencing a state by-election on January 31, in the Adelaide seat of Davenport, right next-door to Fisher, which produced such a close result in the recent by-election.
At the moment I am busily writing my guide to the 2015 Queensland state election, and I’m planning to finish the guide before the end of 2014. If you check out the box on the right-hand side of the website, you’ll see links to the ten most recent seat profiles, as well as links to index pages listing all the seats. The conversations have already started in the comments threads under many of these seat profiles, and you’re welcome to join in.
If you’re looking for stuff to read, you can look back at a variety of blog posts that I’ve written recently, including yesterday’s preview of the redistribution of wards for the City of Brisbane, which includes an interactive map of Brisbane. You can also find all my old seat guides on the archives page, and you can check out the fifty-six (and counting) profiles of seats for the Queensland state election.
In the meantime, until this blog resumes on 12 January, I wish all of my readers an enjoyable and restful holiday.