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...

NSW councils – measuring the magnitude

One of the main things that determines the shape of an electoral system is the number of elected members elected for each constituency. It's a key feature that sets the direction of how elections work in each NSW local council. In this post I'm...

Podcast #58: Wollongong and Shoalhaven

Ben is joined by Nick McLaren, lead news reporter for ABC Illawarra, to discuss the council elections for Wollongong and Shoalhaven, along with a brief detour to Shellharbour and Kiama.This podcast is supported by the Tally Room's supporters on Patreon. If you find this...

Which councillors are having another go?

Following up on Monday's blog post, I've also added information about whether each candidate is an incumbent councillor to my dataset of 1402 candidates running for the 24 most populous councils.I had noticed some councils where large numbers of sitting councillors were retiring. So...

Podcast #57: Inner West and City of Sydney council elections

Today I'm joined by Allison Hore from the Inner West Review to discuss the council elections for the City of Sydney and the Inner West Council.This podcast is supported by the Tally Room's supporters on Patreon. If you find this podcast worthwhile please consider...

NSW council elections – who is running, and how many?

I've just finished compiling my list of the 1402 candidates running for council or mayor in the 24 most populous councils, the ones featured in my election guide. Unfortunately the NSWEC has not published a single dataset with all of the candidate details, so...