Overview: The May 2022 Election led to a change in government for the first time since 2013, with a slim majority for the new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Labor Party. The historically low vote for the two major parties suggests that this election may have ushered in a major realignment in Australian voting, with the election of six ‘Teal’ Independents in previously staunch Liberal Party seats, a dramatic increase in the number of Greens MPs concentrated in Brisbane, and the lowest primary vote ever for an incoming government.
Immediately after the election, the Social Research Centre on behalf of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods and the School of Politics and International Relations began collection of a combined ANUpoll/Comparative Study of Electoral Systems survey. Using the probability-based Life in Australia panel, this survey has detailed information on around 3,500 adult Australians on who they voted for, their views on policy and institutions, leaders, the pandemic and a range of demographic, socioeconomic, and political attitudes. The vast majority of respondents who undertook the May 2022 survey also undertook the April 2022 ANUpoll, meaning information is available on voting intentions and policy attitudes at the start of the election campaign.
In this symposium, leading social researchers, political scientists, and policy analysts will utilise this and other data to convey an in-depth understanding of the outcome of the 2022 election. The presentations will examine the factors that influenced people’s vote, the changing political and policy opinions held by the Australian public, and what these changes mean for the incoming government, opposition, minor parties, and independents. The May 2022 data will also be placed in the context of long-term trends in voting behaviour and attitudes.
Professor Mark Kenny - Australian Studies Institute
Confirmed speakers (additional speakers to be announced)
Professor Nicholas Biddle
Professor Simon Jackman
Emeritus Professor Toni Makkai
Professor Ian McAllister
Honorary Professor Darren Pennay
Dr Jill Sheppard
Professor Helen Sullivan, Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific
- 9:30-10:00 Symposium opening and reflections on the 46th Parliament and campaign
- 10:00-11:00 - Session 1
- 11:00-11:30 - Morning tea
- 11:30-12:30 - Session 2
- 12:30-13:00 - Symposium close and reflections on the 47th Parliament