Why it’s hard to beat sitting MPs in elections

featuring Ebony Bennett, Bill Browne and Elizabeth Morison


Sitting parliamentarians rarely lose elections. While incumbents have a publicly funded head-start, challengers rely on donations to fund their election campaigns, which is why political donation reform needs to ensure everyone should be able to afford a ticket to run in an election.

This was recorded on Friday 23rd June 2023 and things may have changed since recording.

The Australia Institute // @theausinstitute


Bill Browne, Director, Democracy & Accountability Program, the Australia Institute // @Browne90

Elizabeth Morison, Researcher, the Australia Institute // @morison_liz

Host: Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director, the Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett

Producer: Jennifer Macey // @jennifermacey

Edited by: Emily Perkins

Theme Music: Pulse and Thrum; additional music by Blue Dot Sessions

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