Elections Matter Symposium

Elections Matter Symposium
This symposium is co-hosted by the ANU School of History and the ANU Australian Studies Institute with support from the ANU School of Politics and International Relations.


In a world of fake news and populist politics, elections can seem like theatre. With growing rates of informal votes and a perceived narrowing of differences between the major parties, do Australian elections really matter?

Drawing on themes from the new book Elections Matter (Monash University Press, 2018), this symposium invites participants to consider trends in voting behaviour, how elections have changed (and stayed the same) since Federation, and the future direction of Australian democracy. Along with expert panellists, the keynote address will be delivered by ABC Election Analyst, Antony Green AO.

With a new federal election less than six months away, now is the perfect time to discuss why elections matter and how they shape the nation.

This is a free event but registration is required.




Prof Rae Frances, Dean ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Benjamin Jones

Acknowledgement of Country  

Jo Chivers


Keynote Address 

Antony Green AO

12:30 Lunch: SRWB 3rd floor foyer

Panel 1: Where are Elections Going?

Chris Wallace, Ian McAllister, Shaun Crowe

2:30 Break

Panel 2: Women and Elections - Are things getting better or worse?

Katina Curtis, Katie Burgess, Jo Chivers


Thanks and close

Benjamin Jones


Date & time

Mon 03 Dec 2018, 11am–4pm


Theatrette (2.02), Sir Roland Wilson Building #120, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601


Antony Green AO, ABC Election Analyst - Keynote Address


Ms Morgan Lael
02 6125 0051


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