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SA election – nominations close

The official list of nominations for lower house seats in the South Australian election was published late yesterday afternoon, and I have now updated all 47 seat profiles.

264 candidates nominated, an increase from 204 in 2014. This is due to an increasing number of minor parties running large numbers of candidates.

You can view the dataset here.

Six parties are running candidates in 30 seats or more. Labor, Liberal and the Greens are running full statewide tickets, while Nick Xenophon’s SA Best is running in 36 seats, Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives are running in 33, and Kelly Vincent’s Dignity Party is running in 30. Three smaller parties are running nine candidates, along with fifteen independents.

There are only three candidates in Kaurna and Stuart, while there are nine candidates in Croydon.

There’ll be more about the SA nominations below the fold, but I also wanted to mention that nominations also closed last week for the federal Batman by-election and the state Cottesloe by-election, both due on the same day as South Australia. Ten candidates are running in Batman, and seven are running in Cottesloe.

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Tasmanian election – nominations close

Nominations were announced today for the Tasmanian election. 109 candidates have nominated, with six parties running candidates.

This is a drop from 126 candidates running 2014, but it is still more candidates than ran in 2010 or 2006.

Labor, Liberal and the Greens are running full tickets across all five seats. Labor is actually running a sixth candidate in Lyons.

The Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN) is running 12 candidates across three electorates, while the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (SFF) party is running 11 across four electorates, and Tasmanians 4 Tasmania are running 4 candidates across Braddon and Denison. The Shooters are running multi-candidate tickets in Braddon and Lyons, but only running a single candidate in Denison and Franklin.

There are also six ungrouped independents running in three electorates.

The Palmer United Party and the Nationals ran candidates in 2014, but are not running this time (although you could argue that the JLN is the successor-party to PUP in Tasmania).

Denison and Franklin are shaping up as simple Labor-Liberal-Greens contests, with only four other candidates between the two electorates. They are joined by substantial JLN and SFF teams in Braddon and Lyons. JLN is running a ticket of four in Bass, but there’s no Shooters candidates.

I’ve collated the full list of candidates, which you can download here.

As usual, I’ve coded the gender of candidates. Of the parties running large numbers of candidates, Labor and the Greens are running more women than men: 15 out of 26 Labor candidates and 13 out of 25 Greens candidates are women. Just nine out of 25 Liberal candidates are women (36%), and the balance is even more skewed for the Jacqui Lambie Network (3 out of 12) and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (2 out of 9).

All candidate names have now been updated on the seat guides, which you can read here.

Antony Green has also blogged about the candidate announcement, with additional historical information.


QLD 2017 – final candidates locked in

Nominations closed on Tuesday for the Queensland state election, so I’ve done one last update for my candidate list.

There are 453 candidates running: an average of 4.87 per seat.

Labor, the Liberal National Party and the Greens are all running a full ticket. There are nine seats where they are the only parties running.

One Nation is running in 61 seats. Katter’s Australian Party is running ten candidates, while the Civil Liberties, Consumer Rights, No-Tolls party is running eight candidates. There are also 95 independents running.

The gender balance for the bigger parties are:

  • 18% – One Nation
  • 28% – LNP
  • 37.6% – Labor
  • 44.1% – Greens

You can read the list here.


Candidate update – nomination day

Nominations close today in the Queensland state election. I did an update of candidates last night, checking each of the main party websites for missing candidates, and taking onboard all the candidate updates posted in comments – thanks to you all.

You can view the updated list here.

Last week’s list included 316 candidates (including Billy Gordon, who later announced he would not run): this has now increased to 348.

The Greens have now announced candidates in all 93 seats, up from 87 last week. I could still only find 82 Labor candidates, with candidates missing in action in 11 others (although I’m sure I’ve missed some). The LNP is up to 89 candidates. One Nation’s candidate numbers have mostly remained steady at 57 (up two) while KAP has increased from six to ten.

I have now identified 12 independents (up from five last week, excluding Gordon). This includes Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow, who decided to run as an independent after losing the Labor preselection contest for the seat of Rockhampton following the sitting MP’s late retirement announcement.

There’s at least 26 seats with out-of-date candidate information, but I will wait until this evening, after nominations are declared, before making a final update on each seat, including the full list of candidates in ballot order.


Candidate update

I’ve gotten a number of queries from people asking why their particular favoured candidate on the website. I thought I would just explain my current process, and invite readers to help me complete my dataset.

I’ve learnt from past campaigns that candidates will gradually trickle in, and I usually will prioritise everything except for candidate lists when I’m writing my seat guides – if I had delayed finishing my guide to go back and add more candidates to the first seat guides, I would have had to do it all over again.

I apologise if you’re annoyed that your preferred candidate is missing from the guide. I haven’t been comprehensive in tracking down every candidate, but I have consulted the Wikipedia list and Antony Green’s guide before posting each guide.

While I haven’t been updating seat lists for most seat guides, I have been keeping a document listing every candidate, as well as their website address. This allows me to quickly update each seat’s list, including candidate links, when I get to that point.

I have finished publishing the 150 House of Representatives guides, and I’ve now published five out of eight Senate profiles. I’m planning to update candidate lists over the coming weekend, and then do one last update after nominations are declared on Friday.

You can view my candidate dataset here.

If you’re aware of any candidates I am missing, or can give me a more appropriate website link to use for that candidate, please send me an email.

When I am selecting the website link to use I prioritise in this order:

  1. Individual campaign website
  2. Individual profile on party website
  3. Public Facebook page

I won’t link to Twitter accounts, generic party websites or a single page listing multiple candidates. If you are a candidate and have a more appropriate page to link to, please let me know. I am unlikely to make any further updates to candidate links after the round of updates which will follow the official declaration of nominations.