In the Booth

Ultimately the Prime Minister’s destiny – and that of all the other players – is decided by voters, pencil in hand. Despite a new optional-preferential voting system, confronted with a larger than ever Senate ballot paper Australians exercised their right to vote below the line. When 20 independent senators were elected, the re-elected Coalition government was in a more vulnerable position. They needed nine Senate votes in addition to their own to pass legislation, rather than the previous six.

After the Long Winter March

Greg 'Smithy' Smith, The Sunday Times,


Christopher Downes, The Mercury,

Electoral Malarkey

Peter Broelman, Syndicated,

Vote Fear

Reg Lynch, Herald Sun,

How to Vote

Jon Kudelka, The Mercury,

All of the Above

Peter Broelman, The Courier-Mail,

The Sound of Democracy

Michael Leunig, The Age,

Australia Votes

Mark Knight, Herald Sun,


Glen Le Lievre, The Sydney Morning Herald,