OK I’m sufficiently incensed about this to write a quick post. The ABC appears to have scrapped almost all of the election blog meticulously produced by its election analyst and our national treasure, Anthony Green.
I’m pretty sure almost anyone who’s written a considered piece about Australian state or federal politics has visited and/or cited Green’s blog at some time. It’s a veritable treasure chest of authoritative posts on a broad range of election issues including electorate distributions, double dissolutions, and election timing.
It’s fair to say that through this blog Green had ensured that Australia thought, talked and wrote more intelligently about its polity than would have otherwise been the case.
However Green’s election blog – at least as we know it – has ceased to exist. I don’t know when it was taken down, but it was some time in 2017. An anaemic facsimile sits in its place, a compilation of Green’s ABC election opinion pieces, while the over-arching ABC elections website features some of his posts but there is no easy way to search them. There is also no obvious way to access Green’s other posts, which fall into around 30 psephological categories.
Sometimes a link appears, inviting the reader to visit Green’s old blog, but the link leads to a dead end (see left).
This is a travesty and an insult to anyone who wants to think intelligently about Australian politics.
Thankfully, all is not lost. We can still access Green’s old blog because some of it has been carefully archived by the National Library’s Pandora service (from 2010), and it can also be accessed through the Wayback Machine (HT @ktxby).
So if you want to tap into Australia’s finest psephological brain to inform your own thoughts on politics, please be sure to bookmark the link and keep visiting Green’s old blog as part of your research.
You’ll be doing yourself – and Australia – a very big favour.