The next election in Australia will be taking place two weeks from tomorrow. It is the most peculiar of Australia’s regular elections: the Tasmanian upper house election.
Tasmania’s upper house consists of fifteen members, each representing a separate electorate. It’s the only upper house elected by single-member electorates. But it is peculiar because of its election timing. Two or three seats are put up for election every year, with the whole chamber refreshing over a six-year cycle.
This year the two seats are Huon and Rosevears. Both are seats which contain a small part of an urban area and a larger rural heartland. Huon covers the south-western corner of the state, including the Huon Valley, Bruny Island and the southern edge of Hobart. Rosevears covers a small part of Launceston and moves up the West Tamar area to the north-west of Launceston.
These elections were originally scheduled for May 2 but were delayed to August 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Huon is held by right-wing independent Robert Armstrong, who won the seat in 2014 after his predecessor Paul Harriss resigned early to run successfully as a Liberal candidate in the overlapping lower house electorate. Armstrong is running again, and is being challenged by both the Greens and Labor.
Rosevears is held by centre-left independent Kerry Finch, who has held the seat for three terms. Finch is retiring, and the seat is being contested by all three big parties along with a number of independents.
I have written guides for both seats. You can also see the location of each seat within Tasmania on the following map.
These races are usually hyper-local and difficult for those of us outside the area to cover, so if you have insights please jump into the comments of each seat guide and share your knowledge.