Making Sense of the 2022 Elections

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The national elections in May 2022 resulted in a significant shift in the composition of the parliament. While the Australian Labor Party won government with a slim majority in the House of Representatives, both it and the Liberal Party saw a decline in their respective share of the primary vote. A record number of independent candidates won seats in the House of Representatives. The Greens went from a solitary member in the House to four and gained two new members in the Senate to make it the third largest party in that House. There was also a significant increase in the numbers of First Nations peoples elected for the ALP, the Greens, the Country Liberal Party, and the Jacqui Lambie Network. Taken as a whole such an outcome prompts a number of questions: Are these outcomes only a temporary aberration that will recalibrate come the next election? Do these outcomes signal the decline and possible demise of the so-called two-party system? How might considerations of issues around gender and race have shaped political perceptions and voting behaviours? Are we experiencing a longer-term shift in the underlying dynamics of Australia’s political culture? Might these developments be signalling a “new normal” for Australian politics? This webinar seeks to explore these questions and more in order to consider what the 2022 elections might tell us about Australia’s twenty-first century political culture.

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8 September 2022
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm AEST
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Australian Political Studies Association
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