Antony Green

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Antony Green
Born Antony John Green
(1960-03-02) 2 March 1960 (age 56)
Warrington, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Nationality Australian
Occupation ABC election analyst

Antony John Green (born 2 March 1960[1]) is an Australian psephologist and commentator. He is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's election analyst.

Early years and background[edit]

Born in Warrington, Cheshire in northern England,[2] Green emigrated to Australia with his family in 1964.[3] He attended James Ruse Agricultural High School in Sydney, graduating in 1977.[4] Green graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computing, and a Bachelor of Economics with honours in politics from the University of Sydney.[5] He worked initially as a data analyst in the computing industry and for a polling company before joining the ABC in 1989.[5]

Career[edit]

Green first appeared on the ABC's election-night television coverage in the 1991 NSW general election,[3] following with the federal election in 1993.[5]

As of 2016 he had analysed over 60 Australian territory, state and federal elections for the ABC, starting with the 1989 Queensland state election to the 2016 federal election. He designed the computer system that he uses to predict election results based on partial counts.[5][6]

As the ABC's Election Analyst, Green is responsible for the content of its election website. He also has editorial responsibility for its data analysis and for their election night results service. He is considered "the face of election night coverage".[6]

In time for the 2013 federal election campaign, Green helped introduce the voter engagement tool Vote Compass to the ABC website. It enables voters to gauge how their views align with candidates based on party's statements on issues and also provides Green and other analysts a dataset larger than traditional opinion polls.[7][8] Green also writes a comprehensive blog on electoral matters.[6]

Green has said that he tends not to do campaign commentary and that he "prefers to go into an election night with no preconceived view on the outcome and to just concentrate on understanding the data as it comes in."[9]

In a 2015 interview he explained that some of the work in preparation for his election night coverage can start years earlier including building up the database with candidates, polling places and past results and calculating the impact of redistributions. He also recounted the move from doing the coverage from tally rooms to the studio after his "nightmare" of the power outage during the on air coverage in 2010.[10]

In addition to analysing and commenting on elections for the ABC, Green writes election analysis for third-party media outlets such as The Sydney Morning Herald[11] and Crikey[12] and has appeared before the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters of the Australian Parliament urging reform of the ticket voting system used in Australian Senate elections.[13][14]

In 2014 the University of Sydney recognised Green with an Honorary Doctor of Letters.[15] This was followed in 2015 by appointment as an Adjunct Professor in Sydney University's Department of Government and International Relations recognising Green's work in the study of elections.[16]

Green's contribution to political analysis was celebrated in the song "Antony Green" in the musical Keating!, where he was represented as an animated character.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Green, Antony". Libraries Australia. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Pitt, Helen (2 July 2016). "Antony Green: gracing our election night TV screens for 25 years". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Green, Antony (20 August 2011). "A Sad Day for the ABC". Antony Green's Election Blog. 
  4. ^ "Number Cruncher". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 July 2010. Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Antony Green". 2010 South Australian Election. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "ABC Elections Antony Green". Australian Broadcasting Commission. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Introducing Vote Compass". 28 March 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Federal Election 2016 Vote Compass". Australian Broadcasting Commission. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Leys, Nick (26 August 2013). "Ten questions: Antony Green". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  10. ^ http://abcnewsgathering.tumblr.com/post/128694303461/election-analyst-antony-green-made-adjunct
  11. ^ "site:smh.com.au "Antony Green"". Google Search. Google. Retrieved 27 April 2010.  External link in |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Antony Green". Crikey. Private Media. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  13. ^ Committee Secretariat (27 September 2005). "Inquiry into the Conduct of the 2004 Federal Election and Matters Related Thereto". Submissions. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  14. ^ Green, Antony (23 July 2008). "Problems with the Senate Counting System" (PDF). Extract of evidence from Mr Antony Green to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  15. ^ http://sydney.edu.au/senate/honawards2014alpha.shtml
  16. ^ https://wordvine.sydney.edu.au/files/1394/10033/
  17. ^ Antony Green "Antony Green (song)" Check |url= value (help) (video). Video from Keating!. Retrieved 25 Aug 2010. 

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