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  • AEC Report on Informal Voting in 2010 Federal Election now available: http://auspol.info/fR6mrm #auspol #
  • 2010 Informal Votes: 5.55% up from 3.95% in 2007 and 5.18% in 2004. http://auspol.info/fR6mrm #
  • Categories of informal votes: 27.8% with No.1 only; 2.6% incomplete numbering; 9.2% non-sequential numbering. http://auspol.info/fR6mrm #
  • Categories of 2010 informals: 11.8% ticks/crosses; 2.9% other/illegible, etc; 0.0% voter identified. http://auspol.info/fR6mrm #
  • Categories of 2010 informals: 28.9% blank; 16.9% scribbles/slogans/protest marks. http://auspol.info/fR6mrm #
  • AEC report says 51.4% of all informals are classified as "assumed unintentionally informal". This has fallen from 66% in 2001. #
  • 10 NSW electorates top the informals-Blaxland (14.6%), Fowler, Watson, Chifley, McMahon, Werriwa, Greenway, Barton, Reid, Parramatta (8.65%) #
  • 8/10 of that list of seats are the same as in 2007 and 9/10 the same as in 2004. http://auspol.info/fR6mrm #
  • Interestingly, Tasmania and Victoria recorded the highest number of "assumed intentionally informal" votes (67.4% and 57.5%) #
  • @djmattyg007 There's no correlation – that's the point. There's an increase in intentionally informal but other patterns unchanged. #
  • As usual, the informal vote is highest in electorates with higher proportions of non-English speaking voters and number of candidates. #
  • The unintentional informals are highest in NSW and Queensland, where state-federal confusion about optional preferential voting exists. #
  • @imurch If you look at the full report, they're not obscuring reality at all. Informals are up 1.6% over 2007 and up 0.37% over 2004… #
  • @imurch … the main patterns are the same as in previous years, except that unintentional informals have been falling since 2001. #
  • @mikestuchbery Hehe… oh, the unintentional effect of two simple words, "as usual"! #
  • @imurch Except that the increase in blank ballots relative to 'No1 only' suggests an increase in deliberate informality. #
  • @imurch Perhaps that was my choice of words rather than the AEC's…! #
  • The contest in Balmain is particularly interesting at the moment: http://auspol.info/gajyDD #nswvotes #
  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard is delivering the Whitlam Oration and the Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney. #auspol #
  • Gillard: "Men and women of Australia…" #auspol #
  • Gillard talks of a "modernising temper" about that phrase… #auspol #
  • Gillard: Everyone's idea of Gough contradicts someone else's… #
  • Gillard on Whitlam: the moderniser, the pragmatist, a fighting Labor leader and Prime Minister… above all, a restless reformer. #auspol #
  • Gillard: Gough was a prime minister who made sewerage a national cause… #auspol #
  • He left the nation well flushed, as one wit put it. #
  • Gillard: Gough did more than anyone else to make Labor fit to govern again. #auspol #
  • Gillard reminds her audience of the famous representation of Whitlam's name as wHITLAm. #auspol #
  • Gillard: If Aust has a Grand Old Party, it's the Labor Party – it existed before we had a national Parliament. #auspol #
  • Gillard: But Labor is also the party of 1916, 1932, 1955, 1975, 1996… NSW 2011 joins that list of shattering defeats. #
  • Gillard talks of the need for NSW Labor to look closely at what contributed to last weekend's defeat… starting point is "we left them". #
  • Gillard: Strengthening Labor requires us to be crystal clear about our purpose… #auspol #
  • Gillard: I am deeply intolerant of this bunkum… I am clear about what our role is… #
  • Gillard: …our historic mission is the fair distribution of opportunity… we have moved beyond the age of big govt and big welfare… #
  • Gillard: We are the party of work not welfare… we value the work of the bricklayer, not the socialite… #
  • Gillard talks of the Labor culture born in Barcaldine and Balmain… #
  • Gillard: We must be the interpreters of the future to the present… #
  • Gillard: Making polluters pay and providing assistance to those who cannot pay is the Labor way… #
  • Gillard: Making sure everyone has access to the new technology of the NBN is the Labor way… #
  • Gillard: We need to reach out and grow our membership… our party must never view itself as an exclusive club… #
  • Gillard: … members of the party must be able to challenge us… #
  • Gillard: We are a party of government, of the political centre, of pragmatism… #
  • Gillard: The difference between the ALP and the Greens are many but 2 stand out… they fail to understand the centrepiece of our platform.. #
  • Gillard: The people we represent need work… dignified lives driven by love of country and family… #
  • Gillard: The Liberals have abandoned a belief in the market… driven by extremism and opposition for opposition's sake. #
  • Gillard: The party of Fraser is unrecognisable… but also the party of Howard is disappearing from view… #
  • Gillard: The election 6 days ago will matter less to the people of NSW than the budget in 6 months time… #
  • Gillard: On any measure we are living through a boom… the higher dollar is cutting prices… the boom is good news for Australia. #
  • Gillard: The challenge is to manage the boom, to invest in productivity… #
  • Gillard: We will keep a tight rein on spending to return the budget to surplus… I will never risk the economy and jobs for soft options. #
  • Gillard: Howard's cabinet spent billions buying votes instead of investing in a more productive economy. #
  • Gillard: A budget surplus is a key indicator of an economy's strength… #
  • Gillard: Now that the private sector is charging forward, it is time for the government to ease back on spending. #
  • Gillard: I'm a realist… for NSW Labor the journey will be long and difficult… #
  • Gillard: Like Gough, I am a complete optimist about our future. Our best days as a nation are in front of us, not behind us… #
  • Gillard's speech has concluded… #
  • BBC Radio has introduced Radioplayer for listening online: http://auspol.info/g5YdVr #
  • According to the census tables here http://auspol.info/cCPuqJ, Rob Oakeshott's electorate of Lyne has the highest median age of 44. #
  • And Maribyrnong has been pipped at the post by McMahon as the most Catholic electorate: 44.5% to 44.4%. #
  • @Prronto Blaxland 17.4%. #
  • @AyaReina I never scoff about people older than me – they just got there sooner. #
  • 91 out of 150 electorates have fewer than 1% Muslim populations, another 26 have fewer than 2%. Four seats have over 10% Muslim pops. #
  • The electorate of Kingston in SA has the largest number of atheists – 30.1%. Apparently 1 in 5 of my neighbours are heathens too. #
  • McMahon (held by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen) has the most Catholics and the least number of "no religion" – 6.5% #
  • @Prronto Yes – Watson 16.7, Calwell 13.3, Reid 10.3 #
  • Here's an interesting one: Melbourne electorate has the most people born overseas and resident in Australia since 2000 – 12.4%. #
  • Lone person households: Melbourne Ports (Danby-ALP) leads on 37.9%, with Wentworth (Turnbull-Lib) on 37.2%. Lowest is Mitchell (Lib) 13.0% #
  • Households with broadband internet connections range from 19% in Barker (SA) to 64.2% in Bradfield (NSW). http://auspol.info/cCPuqJ #
  • Persons employed in mining: 110/150 electorates less than 1%. Only 7 electorates higher than 5%. Durack (WA-Lib) highest on 12%. #
  • @crazyjane13 Came out last year – Electoral Division Rankings based on 2006 Census http://auspol.info/cCPuqJ #
  • On more important matters, the new Doctor Who trailer: http://youtu.be/9vIsQ25Krq8 #
  • @Trisha_Jha I'm always behind with the news. #
  • What I Learned at School: http://auspol.info/eapIT7 – Marie Kyung-Ok Lee, Ms. Leibfried and Mrs. Borman. #
  • And The Monthly's website is down… now there's a problem with digital subscriptions, compared to hard copy. #
  • Interesting critique of Tony Blair by Lindsay Tanner in The Monthly: paywalled unfortunately. http://auspol.info/gjZSrx #
  • Reading Tanner a couple of hours after watching the Gillard oration is like the sublime after the ridiculous. #
  • @lapuntadelfin Did you see it? It had it's moments but it was so badly written – all over the shop. #
  • @lapuntadelfin No wonder Gough didn't bother turning up! #
  • Hyperlocal in Castlemaine: http://auspol.info/h6MH02 – Margaret Simons on the Castlemaine Independent: http://auspol.info/icRgaK #
  • @amytheblue Not a lot. Hardly an audience of voters, more a catalogue of local movers and shakers. Am I wrong? #
  • @amytheblue And the private meetings are really the main game. #
  • The date on this story is April 1: http://auspol.info/hoXqMy #

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