My friend Daniel Mulino – who did his PhD at the same time as me – is part of a unique Australian experiment. Daniel is one of three candidates in a US-style primary for the federal state seat of Kilsyth in Victoria (if you’re a Labor supporting living in the seat, you can register here). An article in the Age discusses the primary a bit more. It follows on the successful use of primaries by the UK Conservative Party in South Devon last year, and suggests that their use might grow in Australia in the future.
For my part, I’m waiting to see whether there’s a Labor preselection for the federal seat of Fraser, where Bob McMullan is about to step down after 22 years in parliament. If a preselection is held, I’ll throw my hat in the ring.