Italy’s overseas seats

ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing program broadcast a fascinating program two weekends ago regarding the interaction of Italian and Australian politics arising...

Federal redistribution update

The AEC is currently in the process of concluding the current federal redistribution for Tasmania and Western Australia, who have maintained their numbers of seats at 5 and 15 respectively. The new GIS data has not been uploaded yet, and as soon as it...

Westminster falls apart in Canada

Following Governor-General Michaëlle Jean's decision yesterday to prorogue the Canadian Parliament until January 26, Canada's parliamentary democracy is effectively suspended, and the decision has grave consequences for all countries that follow the Westminster system of government, including Australia and the UK.Prime Minister Stephen Harper,...

Victorian Council wrap-up

All of the results have now been entered for the Victorian council elections. The Greens have won 19 seats. Greens seats were retained in Melbourne, all three wards of Yarra, two wards of Moreland and one ward each in Moonee Valley, Brimbank, Whitehorse, Yarra...

Canadian constitutional showdown

So it looks like Canada, only six weeks after an election saw a swing to the Conservative minority government, is headed towards another left-of-centre government.Today the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party signed an agreement to form a coalition government, with the support...

Council updates

I've got a few more council results to add. In Darebin, apparently the Greens have won a seat in Rucker Ward, and are in with a chance in Cazaly Ward. We haven't heard anything about La Trobe ward, but there doesn't seem to be...

Melbourne counting room

So I'm in the City of Melbourne counting room at Victoria University on Flinders Street and I'll give you the current lay of the land.As it stands for Council, Jetter, Oke (the Greens candidate), and Louey are the only ones with a quota. Ong...

Sunday morning update

I'm going to spend some time today at the count for the City of Melbourne, but I thought I'd start by updating on some interesting races.In Port Phillip's Junction Ward, Greens candidate John Middleton polled 20.25% of the primary vote, and our scrutineers indicate...

Election night wrap-up

So I'm calling it a night. There may be a few more results tonight, but most of the outstanding results have yet to start counting. I'll continue reporting results tomorrow and Monday. For now, I've made these maps of wards in Victoria colour-coded according...

Liveblogging Victorian councils

You can look up results alphabetically by clicking here.9:31pm - People have posted a bunch of results about results in Manningham, Melbourne and Brimbank, where the sitting councillor in Harvester Ward retired and the new Greens candidate managed a quota in her own right....