Tag Archives: Voting

W.A.y Out West WA Election Wrap-up show

In which the Nerds dissect the 2017 Western Australian state election, looking at the context of the outgoing Liberal government, the campaign and key issues, players and results, and the incoming ALP government, its faces and challenges.

Your hosts:

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

With their guests:

  • Dr Ian Cook, Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University
  • Professor Rodney Smith, Professor of Australian Politics, University of Sydney
  • Ben Raue, Electoral Analyst, http://tallyroom.com.au/

With! Bonus! Post-show podcast extra discussions of the implications of the election for the participants, and wider Australian politics, and a detailed discussion of the recent Dutch national elections!

Podcast Special: Interview with Nicholas Munn

A full length interview with Dr Nicholas Munn (University of Waikato), recorded at the 2016 Australian Political Studies Association conference at UNSW Australia.

The subject of the interview was his paper, titled “Voting, Rights and Compulsion”.

The abstract for the paper is:

    In this paper, I examine the benefits to democratic legitimacy conferred by compulsory voting regimes, and question the degree to which these benefits in fact arise from the fact of compulsion, rather than from other aspects of institutional practice which occur (in a jurisdiction like Australia) concurrently with it. In particular, I argue that a significant amount of the benefit of compulsory voting comes not from the fact of voting being compulsory, but from the infrastructure which is required to reasonably support a compulsory voting system. Where this is the case, it is the provision of sufficient voting infrastructure that generates the democratic advantages appealed to by proponents of compulsory voting, and this infrastructure is positive independently of compulsion. I explore whether compulsory voting is a) necessary for, or b) the best way to achieve, the desired outcomes of widespread participation and resulting legitimacy in democratic outcomes. I claim that we can achieve these outcomes without compulsion, and discuss whether we should attempt to do so.

2016 APSA Conference Special

In which the Nerds take a break and rely on that old standard of sitcoms the world over, a clip show.  But in a special “election nerds” twist, provide clips from upcoming “podcast only” special interviews from the 2016 Australian Political Studies Association Conference, held at the University of NSW (Australia).


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


  • Joanna Vince, University of Tasmania
  • Rachel Eberhard, Queensland University of Technology
  • Lyndal Hasselman, IGPA, University of Canberra
  • Hannah Murphy-Gregory, University of Tasmania
  • Nicholas Munn, University of Waikato
  • Aaron Martin, University of Melbourne
  • Ben Spies-Butcher, Macquarie University
  • Shaun Ratcliff, Monash University
  • Heath Whiley, University of Tasmania
  • Farah Naz , University of Sydney
  • Katharine Gelber, University of Queensland
  • Kcasey McLoughlin, University of Newcastle
  • Meagan Tyler, RMIT University

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, www.tallyroom.com.au
  • 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

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 Eurovision Special

    In which regular host, Dr Amanda Elliot is joined by guest hosts Associate Professor Anika Gauja and Daniel Skold to discuss the ins, outs, ups and downs of the 2016 Eurovision contest.

    In the second annual Eurovision special, the hosts are joined by:

    • Dr Jess Carniel, School of Arts and Communication, University of Southern Queensland.
    • Professor Alison Lewis, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne
    • Dr Lukasz Swiatek, Department of Media & Communications, University of Sydney

    And discuss the Eurovision audience in Australia and abroad, Eurovision’s push into Asia, what Eurovision tells us about European politics and society, controversies, and the research of newly minted Dr Swiatek’s research on the production side of major events of this kind.

    2016 Federal Election Weekly Wrap-up, episode 1

    In which the Nerds, in an act of extreme political science insight, have organised their first election wrap up show for the very day the 2016 federal election is officially announced. With guests:

    … hosts Dr Amanda Elliot and Dr Stewart Jackson discuss the narratives shaping up the election contest, and key seats to watch given the shape of recent polling.

    Reproductive Rights Show

    The Nerds’s first show of the election season beings with Sophie Mirabella clearing the decks with her claim that $10 million wasn’t spent in her former electorate, but then digs deep into:

    • The status of reproductive rights in Australia with Dr Helen Pringle from the School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia,
    • US-Australian relations, and new research about the relationship between politics and the emotions with Dr Lloyd Cox, and
    • Federalism debates with Professor Anne Twomey of the University of Sydney’s Law School