Monthly Archives: June 2016

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: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jun/29/election-2016-and-beyond-the-best-australian-podcasts-for-political-nerds

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.

    2016 Weekly Wrap-Up Show number 3

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

    • Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan, UNSW Australia
    • Dr Peter John Chen, University of Sydney

    The Nerds discuss the Declaration of Candidates and the order of Senate ballot papers, pre-poll voting, and preferencing decisions of the major and minor parties. They consider the week’s policy debates and non-debates.

    In the podcast extra, the Nerds consider the question of party database systems, funding and funneling money, and the comparative power of parties to candidates.

    2016 Weekly Wrap-Up Show number 2

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

    • Professor Anne Twomey, University of Sydney Law School
    • Dr Lloyd Cox, Macquarie University

    The nerds discuss election themes, concerns about violations of the electoral act, challenges to the Senate voting system reforms, and the means by which half-term Senators will be selected following the poll.

    The post-show podcast extra content spends time talking about the comparative absence of minor parties, their wins and challenges in the campaign.