At this point, we are largely finished with the NSW state election, although I have a few more blog posts to come later this week.
The next election coming up, and the only remaining state election for 2015, is the Legislative Council election in Tasmania.
Tasmania’s Legislative Council holds elections every year for two or three of its fifteen electorates, with MLCs serving overlapping six-year terms.
This year, there are three seats up for election.
Labor MLC Craig Farrell (the only Labor member of the upper house) is likely to win re-election in the southern seat of Derwent, while left-wing independent Mike Gaffney is tipped to win re-election in the north-western seat of Mersey.
The most interesting race is in Windermere, which covers north-eastern Launceston and George Town, and has been held by conservative independent Ivan Dean for the last twelve years. At the last two elections, Dean has defeated Labor-turned-independent rivals in close races, and this time is facing formally-endorsed Labor and Greens candidates in one of the most marginal seats in the Tasmanian upper house.
You can join the conversation by commenting on any of the three seat guides, and I’ll be covering the results on election night, May 2nd.