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The Bjelkemander – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 12th, 2012 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Democracy, Means and Ends, Politics, Power

How bad then was the Bjelkemander in comparative terms? One means of measuring this is by the Dauer-Kelsay Index which calculates the absolute smallest percentage of electors which, in theory, could elect the government. The 1972 Queensland redistribution measured 44.9% on the Dauer-Kelsay Index, compared with a theoretically perfect redistribution of slightly over 50%. (This mean the ALP could not win power with even a theoretical 55% of the vote. After the 1977 redistribution they would have needed still more.) While that does not look too good, the last ALP redistribution, at the 1957 election, measured only 39.1% and the Playford gerrymander in South Australia reached as low as 23.4%. In 1974 Victoria registered just 40.3%.

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