November 23, 2007 6:58 PM   Subscribe

Can you give me a guide to the upcoming Australian federal elections? Please highlight with a broad arrow the close races, the bell weather districts constituencies, the handicapping, the pundits' best prognostications, and which web sites and times to watch real time results in the Dominions beyond the Seas?
posted by orthogonality to Law & Government (9 answers total)
Best answer: The ABC's site? It's pretty comprehensive, and this Pom can make sense of it. Here are your key marginals, fr'instance.

(Americans may want a brief primer on the voting system.)

PollBludger has lots of detail, which may make it harder for non-Aussies to follow. Crikey is mainly behind a paywall, but there's decent free stuff.

And I will be listening to Roy & HG doing their inimitable take on the democratic process in about four hours' time.
posted by holgate at 7:10 PM on November 23, 2007

holgate has it. Oz politics is also well worth looking at, the tipping comp over there should be reasonable for seeing what people who take a lot of interest are tipping.

The ABC is the place to go for the result as it comes in. The Age and the SMH would be the other places to go.
posted by sien at 8:01 PM on November 23, 2007

Response by poster: At what time will election results be coming in? When do the polls close?
posted by orthogonality at 8:04 PM on November 23, 2007

Polls close 4 hours from now in Queensland, 1 hour earlier in other eastern states, 6 hours (I think) for Western Australia. Preliminary results, probably 5 hours from now.
posted by b33j at 8:05 PM on November 23, 2007

Response by poster: Via holgate's comment, this is sweet.
posted by orthogonality at 8:25 PM on November 23, 2007

Best answer: Yeah, give Holgate the bast answer already. Probably too much detail, obscure jiggery-pokery, bad gags and speculation in this thread for non-Ozzers, but who knows, it may amuse.
posted by Wolof at 8:30 PM on November 23, 2007

The Australian newspaper's website is streaming Sky News' TV election coverage free at the moment, and I assume will do throughout the evening.

Direct link here
posted by TheOtherGuy at 9:02 PM on November 23, 2007

I'm sure there will also be loads of activity on MeFi's own Australian politics thread.
posted by flabdablet at 11:30 PM on November 23, 2007

Whoops! Sorry, Wolof [NOT APOLOGIST]
posted by flabdablet at 11:31 PM on November 23, 2007

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