In Australia, federal elections must be held every three years while, globally, 90 percent of countries have four or five-year terms. This statistical anomaly is a hangover from federation. But there's not likely to be change any time soon.
Heath Pickering is Deputy Editor at Election Watch, a University of Melbourne project providing independent coverage of the 2016 federal election. He is also working as a researcher on Vote Compass, a civic engagement tool that shows how voters’ views align with political party policies. He bridges academia and journalism and is based at Melbourne School of Government.