I’m collecting these tweets so I can use this post to point and laugh at anyone suggesting either a double dissolution*or a house only election. Now with added snark and links to back up what I was saying from memory.
One of the most recent posts tagged “electoral law” on Antony Green‘s blog is as recent at September 2015 and is still talking about proposed changes. So I don’t think there’s time left to make changes before a hypothetical DD anyway.
People like Glenn Druery for example. I’m sure that there are others.
If they did then the Senate count would be a bonanza for the popcorn companies.
It would also be an act of supreme political bastardy, and possibly enough so to rival The Dismissal (and that’s despite being completely constitutional).
If anything it’s my opinion that the recent divisions in the coalition over marriage equality reveal a high level of confidence that they can win regardless of any infighting. Think about that for a second.
Antony Green has more details here on the mininum date ranges and possible dates here, including a fourth option for a late(ish) double dissolution that requires an 8 – 10 week campaign. I don’t think this is likely either because it still hits that 7% issue
*FYI the last double dissolution was in 1987. So there will be voters in 2016 voting in their fourth election who were not born when the last double dissolution was held.
All of that said, 2016 is an election year, and you should (well, must) enrol. To quote The West Wing decisions are made by those who show up.
You should show up.