Never hold an election when…

19 Mar

This weekend, there are State elections being held in South Australia and Tasmania. Those two important events, plus the discussion about the date of the UK election, although we all know it will be May 6, made me think about the unwritten rules of calling an election in Australia.

Some states and cities have fixed terms, so these rules don’t apply, but Federally and in Queensland, there is a guide as to when you should never, ever call an election. If you have a few more suggestions, let me know.

(For anyone reading this who isn’t Australian, all of our elections are held on a Saturday and of course, we have compulsory voting.)

  • Never hold an election for Rugby League or AFL Grand final weekend. No one cares about soccer, so that’s ok
  • Never hold an election during an ashes test, or the first test of any series to be honest
  • Never hold an election during the holidays or any long weekends
  • Never hold an election during school holidays in December or January (summer holidays)
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