Election enthusiasts to get rub of Green

Head and shoulders of Antony Green
ABC election expert Antony Green will address the Centre for Governance and Public Policy.

While the nation waits on Kevin Rudd to name the date, some election perspective will visit Griffith University in the form of Antony Green next week.

The ABC’s renowned election specialist will address students and staff at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy on Friday, August 2.

Mr Green will discuss Australian politics and the imminent federal election at Griffith’s Nathan campus in Brisbane.

He will also take questions on everything from Labor and the Liberals to how a computer analyst became the country’s most respected election analyst.

“All elections are uncertain, but some are more uncertain than others. The restoration of Kevin Rudd to the Labor leadership has made the 2013 election quite an uncertain event with a far from predictable outcome,” Dr Wesley Widmaier, Centre of Governance and Public Policy, said.

“As Australians prepare to go to the polls, many are looking for something more than political spin and off-the-cuff opinion to inform their decision in the ballot box.

“Anthony Green has a longstanding expertise and ability to cut through the spin and put electoral trends into historic and demographic perspective.

“For students of government and political science, this is a great opportunity to gain an insight from an authority with an unrivalled understanding of the political domain.”

Dr Widmaier is program leader of the International Political Economy, Global Governance and G20 Studies Research Program at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy.

“We would encourage anyone interested in the upcoming election to come along on the day,” he said.

Antony Green’s address at Griffith University takes place at the Macrossan (N16) building in Lecture Theatre 0.03 from 11.30am to 1pm.

Antony Green has worked for the ABC since 1989, covering more than 50 federal, state and territory elections. He has also worked on local government elections, numerous by-elections and covered elections in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada for the ABC.

His expertise is in electoral systems, voter behaviour and election night result modelling.

He is recognised as the face of election night coverage in Australia.

He previously worked in the computer industry as a programmer and data analyst, and has designed the ABC’s election night computer system.

He has prepared numerous publications for parliamentary libraries and contributes to parliamentary enquiries into elections.

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