Psephos: Adam Carr's Election Archive
Australian federal election, 2019
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
The 2016 election was a double dissolution, with each state
electing 12 Senators. In each state, the first six Senators
elected got six-year terms (expiring 30 June 2022), while the
second six got three-year terms (expiring 30 June 2019). These
Senators will face election at the 2019 election.
This will be the first half-Senate election since the 2016
reforms to the Senate election system. These were designed to
prevent a repeat of situation in 2013, in which Senators were
elected with virtually no electoral support, as a result of
organised preference-farming. The changes abolished the
automatic allocation of preferences by parties, and allowed
voters to cast a valid Senate vote by indicating a limited
number of preferences either above or below the line.
This is expected to make it much harder for minor party
candidates to be elected. At this election, six of the nine
Australian Greens Senators face election, as do eight other
Senators elected as minor-party candidates. It is likely that
most of these will lose their seats.
The table below shows the votes cast in the 2016 Senate election expressed as quotas for a half Senate
election, at which the quota for election in the states is 14.3% (after preferences).
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