NSW council elections – election night results thread

6:00 - Polls have just closed in the New South Wales council elections. I will be covering the highlights of the results tonight. Hopefully by the end of the night we have a rough sense of the trends in the bigger councils.

NSW councils – election day open thread

It's voting day! I am out and about today but feel free to talk about the goings-on in this thread. I'll be back at 6pm with election night coverage.

NSW council election turnout, mapped

This is the last in my series of posts looking at various trends in NSW council elections.I wrote recently about how poor turnout is for Western Australia's voluntary council elections, but other states tend to have higher levels. Turnout for the 2016 Brisbane City...

The NSW councils where one seat changes things

The proportional voting system used for New South Wales councils doesn't tend to produce huge one-party majorities in most areas. It often results in no party having control, and when they do have a majority it is usually a slim one.This means that there...

Podcast #61: NSW local government final week

Ben is joined by Roberta Ryan, Professor of Local Government at the University of Newcastle, to discuss some broader trends in NSW local government in the lead-up to this weekend's election, including council amalgamations and the role of political parties.This podcast is supported by...

Referendums at the NSW council elections

Voters at the upcoming council elections aren't just voting for their local councillors. In a number of councils voters are also voting on questions put to them by the council. Many of these are referendums required to change the constitutional structure of the council,...

Podcast #60: Penrith council election

Ben is joined by Alena Higgins from the Western Weekender to discuss the City of Penrith, where Labor and Liberal have mostly worked together over the last five years.This podcast is supported by the Tally Room's supporters on Patreon. If you find this podcast...

The impact of direct mayoral elections

Two weeks ago I published a blog post laying out which councils will be holding direct mayoral elections as part of the upcoming NSW council elections.Today I thought I would consider some of the ways in which that voting system changes how the broader...

Podcast #59: Ryde council election

Ben is joined by local Ryde resident Rose Torossian to discuss the Ryde council election, with a detour into discussion of the merits of directly-elected mayors.This podcast is supported by the Tally Room's supporters on Patreon. If you find this podcast worthwhile please consider...

A chance to fix WA’s broken council voting system

Western Australia's local councils are elected using the most backwards and least fair voting system in all of Australia, and the WA state government is now proposing some changes that will make it a bit better.The Western Australian state government is proposing a range...