Staff

Director

  • Associate Professor Joo-Cheong Tham
    Associate Professor Joo-Cheong Tham

    Director of ERRN

    Joo-Cheong Tham is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School and has taught at the law schools of Victoria University and La Trobe University. His research spans the fields of labour law and public law with his key research areas, the regulation of precarious work and political finance law. He has also undertaken considerable research into counter-terrorism laws. He has published 33 book chapters and refereed articles, edited two collections and produced three monographs including Money and Politics: The Democracy We Can’t Afford (2010, UNSW Press).

Convenors

Australian Capital Territory

  • Dr Peter Brent
    Dr Peter Brent

    Swinburne University

    Dr Peter Brent is an adjunct fellow at Swinburne University. His PhD dealt with the history of electoral administration in Australia and he has researched and written extensively on electoral matters, particularly registration (enrolment). He also writes on electoral behaviour. From 2011 to 2013 he was a member of the Australian Electoral Commissioner’s Advisory Board for Electoral Research (CABER).

  • Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza
    Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza

    ANU Collage of Law

  • Michael Maley
    Mr Michael Maley

    Electoral Process Specialist

    Michael Maley had a 30 year career at the AEC from 1982 to 2012, focusing primarily on electoral and legal reform, and the provision of international electoral services.  He also has worked for the United Nations, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and the Commonwealth Secretariat; and is a member of the editorial board of the Election Law Journal. He was the recipient of the Public Service Medal in 2001, and IFES’s Joe C.Baxter Award for 2015.

  • Dr Damon Muller
    Dr Damon Muller

    Parliamentary Library

    Damon Muller is a Senior Researcher with the Australian Parliamentary Library in the Politics and Public Administration Section, specialising in electoral matters. He previously worked at the Australian Electoral Commission in research, evaluation and electoral integrity roles.

New South Wales

  • Ms Alison Byrne
    Ms Alison Byrne

    New South Wales Electoral Commission

    Alison Byrne is the Executive Director Funding, Disclosure and Compliance (FDC) at the NSW Electoral Commission.  FDC is a multidisciplinary team responsible for regulating compliance with donations, expenditure and disclosure, election and lobbying laws.  FDC also administers statutory registers under various legislation and the public funding scheme in NSW.  Alison is a lawyer with 15 years’ experience in criminal and civil litigation, policy development, investigation and compliance.

  • Dr Paul Kildea
    Dr Paul Kildea

    Gilbert & Tobin Centre for Public Law
    University of New South Wales

  • Professor Rodney Smith
    Professor Rodney Smith

    Department of Government and International Relations
    University of Sydney

    Rodney Smith is Professor of Australian Politics in the Department of Government at the University of Sydney, where he has worked for the past 16 years.  He has published widely on aspects of Australian elections and electoral behaviour.

Queensland

  • Dr Tracey Arklay
    Dr Tracey Arklay

    Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University

South Australia

  • Professor Lisa Hill
    Professor Lisa Hill

    University of South Australia

    Lisa Hill is a Professor of Politics at the University of Adelaide. Her areas of interest are electoral studies, political theory and history of political ideas. She has written extensively on electoral topics including correlates and effects of turnout levels, informal voting  and electronic voting. She is particularly interested in compulsory voting and other institutional mechanisms for enhancing electoral inclusion. She is co-author (with Jason Brennan) of Compulsory Voting: For and Against, New York/London: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Lisa is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia.

  • Dr Jonathon Louth
    Dr Jonathon Louth

    Flinders University

    Jonathon Louth is a research fellow at the Australian Centre of Community Services Research (ACCSR) in the College of Business, Government and Law at Flinders University. He is experienced across government, the community sector, political campaigns, and academia in both Australia and the United Kingdom (including working as a staffer for the South Australian Government).

    Much of Jonathon’s research focuses on the political economy of Southeast Asia (with an emphasis on Cambodia), but he also has an established record of collaborative research in the area of electoral politics where he has written on compulsory voting, electoral systems and the efficacy of voting.

Tasmania

  • Richard Eccleston
    Professor Richard Eccleston

    University of Tasmania

    Richard Eccleston is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania. He is a specialist in comparative political economy. Richard takes a keen interest in Tasmanian politics and is a respected commentator on local and national political affairs. He is especially interested in research and strategies that can contribute to a more prosperous and sustainable community.

Victoria

  • Professor Brian Costar
    Professor Brian Costar

    Institute of Social Research
    Swinburne University

  • Yee-Fui Ng
    Dr Yee-Fui Ng

    RMIT University

    Yee-Fui Ng is a Lecturer at RMIT University. She researches in the area of law and politics, focussing on the influences on the contemporary Executive, such as ministerial advisers and lobby groups. Yee-Fui was awarded the Monash Silver Jubilee Postgraduate Research Scholarship, as the highest ranking PhD applicant in the University. Her book, Ministerial Advisers in Australia: The Modern Legal Context, was published by Federation Press in 2016 as a finalist for the Holt Prize.

  • Zim Nwokora
    Dr Zim Nwokora

    Deakin University

    Dr Zim Nwokora is a Lecturer in Politics and Policy Studies at Deakin University. His research concentrates on political parties, political competition and public policy.

  • Dr Paul Thornton-Smith
    Dr Paul Thornton-Smith

    Victorian Electoral Commission

    Paul Thornton-Smith is a Senior Information and Research Officer at the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). He has worked at the VEC since 1988, mainly in the areas of voter information, media relations, legislation, political parties and representation. Paul is also the secretary of the Electoral Boundaries Commission, and worked on the 2013 redivision of Victorian electoral boundaries.

Western Australia

  • Dr Martin Drum
    Dr Martin Drum

    The University of Notre Dame Australia

    Martin Drum is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle, WA.  He has recently conducted research projects on parliamentary committees in WA, election promises, and the electoral fortunes of party defectors.  He regularly produces electoral analysis for media outlets ahead of state and federal elections.  His book, Politics in Australia, was published in 2012.

  • Professor Alan Fenna
    Professor Alan Fenna

    Curtin University

  • Justin Harbord
    Mr Justin Harbord

    Western Australia Electoral Commission

    Justin Harbord is the Director Election Operations at the Western Australian Electoral Commission. He has extensive electoral experience covering operations, legislation, policy, technology, reform, communications and distributions of electoral boundaries spanning more than 20 years.

  • Associate Professor Sarah Murray
    Associate Professor Sarah Murray

    University of Western Australia

    Dr Sarah Murray is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia and is an expert in constitutional law and legal institutional change. Her publications include Constitutional Perspectives on an Australian Republic - Essays in Honour of Professor George Winterton (ed) (2010) and The Remaking of the Courts - Less-Adversarial Practice and the Constitutional Role of the Judiciary in Australia (2014). Her doctoral thesis was awarded the 2011 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal by Monash University and she is the recipient of a 2015 UWA IAS Distinguished Early Career Fellowship.

Editor - Working Papers Series

  • Dr Aaron Martin
    Dr Aaron Martin

    School of Social and Political Sciences
    The University of Melbourne

    Aaron Martin was educated at the ANU, the Institute of Political Studies (Paris), Stanford University and the University of Melbourne. He returned to Melbourne University as Lecturer in Political Science Research Methods in 2010. Aaron’s research focuses on young people and politics, public opinion and policy and citizens' agendas.

Newsletter Team

  • Nathaniel Reader
    Mr Nathaniel Reader

    Newsletter Editor

    Parliament of Victoria

    Nathaniel Reader is Research Officer for the Parliament of Victoria's Electoral Matters Committee. He has authored six reports for the committee including reviews of the 2010 and 2014 state elections, and inquiries into voter participation and Victorian electoral participation. Nathaniel is also a PhD candidate at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research. His research focuses on early voting and convenience voting at Australian and US elections, as well as the effectiveness of parliamentary committees.

  • Yee-Fui Ng
    Dr Yee-Fui Ng

    Legal Editor

    RMIT University

    Yee-Fui Ng is a Lecturer at RMIT University. She researches in the area of law and politics, focussing on the influences on the contemporary Executive, such as ministerial advisers and lobby groups. Yee-Fui was awarded the Monash Silver Jubilee Postgraduate Research Scholarship, as the highest ranking PhD applicant in the University. Her book, Ministerial Advisers in Australia: The Modern Legal Context, was published by Federation Press in 2016 as a finalist for the Holt Prize.