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“That’s a fine mess you got us in” post-election show

In which the nerds dissect the outcome of the 2016 federal election, looking at the campaign, the state of the count, and the future of the government and management of the parliament.


  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney


With bonus post show chatter


Hey Election Nerds fans!

We’re in the middle of setting up a new Election Nerds YouTube channel! We’re currently putting our old episodes up there and new ones will automatically go up from our next show. We may get some video too going soon!

Meanwhile, we need 100 subscribers to get a bespoke, custom and free-range URL for the channel. So if you have a Google Account, go over and subscribe today!

Here’s the current, unpleasant URL for the channel:


2016 Federal Election Special

In which the nerds engage in a mammoth three-hour discussion of the election, results and likely implications with all of our favourate guests and colleagues.  Including:

  • Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan Social Policy, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia
  • Dr Elisabeth Hill, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney
  • Association Professor Anika Gauja, Department of Government, University of Sydney
  • Professor Rodney Smith, Department of Government, University of Sydney
  • Dr Danielle Logue, UTS Business School
  • Ben Raue,
  • Associate Professor Anika Gauja, Department of Government, University of Sydney
  • Mr Nathan Lentern, The UnAustralian
  • Dr Damien Cahill, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney
  • Dr Chris Neff, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Stephen Mills, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney
  • Dr Rebecca Pearse, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
  • Ben Spies-Butcher, Macquarie University
  • Dr David Bond UTS Accounting Discipline Group

2016 Federal Election Election Nerds Official Drinking Game Rules

Recurrent guest, guest host, and host of the Knowing Animals podcast, Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan has kindly provided a list of official Election Nerds drinking game rules for election night 2016.

You can download a printable version here: Drinking Game Rules (PDF)

The rules:

At any time throughout Election Night 2016 you may find waves of hopelessness wash over you. If you need to take a swig at any point please do so. You have to look after yourself!

You must drink each time hear the following:

  • ‘Labor-Greens alliance’.
  • ‘Chaos in the Senate’.
  • ‘Too close to call’.
  • ‘Working families’.
  • ANY ‘three word slogan’.
  • Something said seriously that you are sure you heard on ‘Utopia’, ‘the Hollowmen’ or ‘The Thick of it’.
  • ‘Australia has voted’.
  • ‘Protest vote’.
  • ‘Voter disillusionment’.
  • ‘Leadership spill’.
  • ‘Jobs’
  • ‘Growth’
  • ‘This is a vote for….’
  • ‘Political mandate…’
  • ‘The experts’
  • ‘The polls’
  • ‘This is a seat to watch’

The Antony Green special round. You must drink:

  • Each time Antony looks smug.
  • Every time he gets frustrated with his computer/the technology.
  • Every time he talks while the wrong graphic is on screen.
  • Each time he tries to explain things that nobody has any chance of understanding.
  • When he finally shakes his head and announces that there is no way party X can possibly win.

You should also drink when:

  • A candidate loses their seat and then loses their s*it on national television.
  • A candidate loses their seat and then immediately points the finger of blame.
  • A candidate is clearly drunk.
  • A candidate talks to camera while somebody carries on drunk in the background shot.
  • A candidate talks to camera and political handlers usher out unsuitable background shot people.
  • A politician is invited into the TV studio to share their expert opinion and then just spouts the same old partisan political lines.
  • Somebody makes a joke and a right wing political commentator can’t manage a smile.


When Bill Shorten takes the stage to deliver his concession speech, scull any alcohol still remaining in the house. It has been a long night, a long campaign, and you deserve it.

Time for bed!

More praise for the Nerds!

The Guardian newspaper have kindly listed the Election Nerds as one of the best Australia 2016 Election podcasts, stating:

The show excels at breaking down complicated subjects, such as how positions on the ballot paper affect votes, and how trends in voting have shifted over time. Putting four academics in a room to talk about policy details seems like it could be a disaster but their decades of research experience sets the show apart.

Which now makes us think: How do you actually win a Logie?  But in all seriousness, its just lovely to be nominated.

See the full list here:

Indigenous politics and policy show

In which the nerds discuss the topic of indigenous politics and policy. With Guest:

  • Dr Diana Perche, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University

    Following a debrief on Brexit, the nerds consider what issues associated with indigenous policy have been announced by the major parties, issues that have managed to come onto the political agenda, such as the issue of a treaty, and the role of the National Congress of Australia’s First People in promoting a range of policy concerns through the Redfern Statement.

  • 2016 Weekly Wrap-Up Show number 4

    In which the nerds review week 5 of the 2016 Australian Federal Election.  With Guests:

    • Professor Rodney Smith, University of Sydney
    • Professor Ariadne Vromen, University of Sydney

    The Nerds discuss the federal nature of the debate, drivers behind localism and if the 2016 campaign is more local than previous years.  They also consider issues of political use of public funding, youth participation and policy issues concerning young people.

    In the podcast extra, the Nerds consider and reject concerns about political violence in Australia, and discuss the issue of economic participation of younger people.