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The Election Nerds

The Election Nerds is a regular podcast on Australian Politics recorded in the studios of radio 2Ser in Sydney, Australia. Established in 2013, the show is hosted by Doctors Amanda Elliot and Stewart Jackson, the Nerds discuss all things Australian and international politics with an array of political scientists and other experts from Australian universities. #auspol. www.electionnerds.info
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Dec 12, 2015

In which the nerds discuss Muslim political participation in Australia following the announcement of a new political party, Australian Muslim Party, consider the changing nature of the welfare state in contemporary Australia, and discuss the role and impact of political sociology.

With a podcast bonus of post-show chatter!

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Oct 31, 2015

In which the nerds review the performance of the new Turnbull government, consider the landslide outcome of the 2015 Canadian election, and discuss political satire and comedy.

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Sep 26, 2015

In which the Nerds review the recent Canning by-election, ask themselves if Australia has entered a profound period of political instability, and talk about the prospects, problems and policies of the new Turbull-Coalition government. Hosts:

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Aug 9, 2015

In which the nerds struggle without regular host Dr Amanda Elliot to make sense of the recent appearance of Bill Shorten at the Unions Royal Commission, 2015 ALP Conference, and debate over the GST and Medicare Levy rise to fund state services.

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Peter John Chen, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

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Jun 20, 2015

In the shadow of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta the Nerds brave the Sydney winter chill to talk about three facets of the citizenship debate - same-sex marriage, stripping citizenship from terror suspects and asylum seeking - and the looming issue of local government reform in New South Wales, as informed by the new report Why Local Government Matters (http://www.acelg.org.au/news/local-government-does-matter).

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney

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May 23, 2015

The Nerds finally tackle one of the big issues in international relations: Eurovision


Hosts:

  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Anika Gauja, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

Live Tweeted by:

  • Ms Erika Nguyen

Guests:

  • Mr Lukasz Swiatek, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney
  • Dr Chris Neff, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia
  • Ms Cindy Chen, Former Honours student, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Mr Daniel Skold, ‘from Sweden’
  • Dr Mark Rolfe, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia

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This podcast excludes three songs originally included the the broadcast version of the show.

May 16, 2015

In this podcast only special, nerds regular Dr Peter Chen talks to expatriates from across the United Kingdom who work in the Department of Government about the UK general election with perspectives from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales: 

  • Professor Colin Wight
  • Professor Allan McConnell
  • Dr Diarmuid Maguire
  • Dr Madeline Pill
May 16, 2015

The Nerds take apart the 2015 Commonwealth Budget, dollar by dollar, fudge by fudge.

Hosts:

  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

Guests:

  • Dr Mark Rolfe - School of Social Sciences UNSW, Australia
  • Dr Damien Cahill, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney
  • Dr Elisabeth Hill, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney
Mar 28, 2015

The Nerds a joined by academics and experts from Universities across Sydney to report live on the 2015 NSW state election.

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney

Live Tweeted by:

  • Erika Nguyen

Guests:

  • Dr Peter John Chen, Department of Government, Sydney University
  • Dr Lloyd Cox, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University
  • Associate Professor James Goodman, Social Inquiry Program, UTS
  • Dr Anika Gauja, Department of Government, Sydney
  • Dr Robert Macneil, Department of Government, Sydney
  • Dr Gil Merom, Department of Government, Sydney
  • Dr Stephen Mills, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney
  • Ben Raue, www.tallyroom.com.au
  • Dr Mark Rolfe - School of Social Sciences UNSW, Australia
  • Professor Colin Wight, Department of Government, University of Sydney
Feb 14, 2015

In the cold light of day, the Nerds get to grips on the leadership spill that wasn't by talking leadership, its meaning and representations of it, as well as the question of political instability in Australia today.

 

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney 
  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney

 

Guests, in studio:

 

  • Dr Lloyd Cox, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University
  • Dr Stephen Mills, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney
  • Dr Siobhain O'Sullivan, Lecturer in Social Policy, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia
Feb 1, 2015

For the first show of the new year, the nerds call the 2015 Queensland State election.  In the process they discuss the background and implications of Queensland's electoral law reforms, unicameralism and its impact on Opposition, the role of the minor parties, early elections, unusual elevation to leadership, and much more.

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government, University of Sydney
  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney

Guest:

  • Ben Raue, media commentators and publisher ofwww.tallyroom.com.au
  • Dr Peter Chen, Department of Government, University of Sydney
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