Challenging Assumptions about Preferences

The state election countdown is continuing.

The ABC's Antony Green has now presented his psephological insights into South Australian politics.  He has also provided a slightly inaccurate overview of recent political history.

We already know that several state parliamentarians, including controversial ones, have retired.

The reshaped electorates, socially and geographically, will probably make a considerable difference to the result on 17 March, as will the presence of high-profile candidates from non-dominant political parties.

Unlike Mr Green of the ABC and the officials of the Electoral Commission of South Australia, everyone in the Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble knows the pendulum is likely to be irrelevant during this election.

Social media companies will have a much greater bearing on the result than ever before, regardless of the privacy issues, as will other, equally influential non-Australian entities.

No-one knows which political candidates will remain in the same political party between now and the election, and before the one after it.

It is not yet known officially who the candidates will be for the 47 House of Assembly seats.  That information is likely to be available from the Electoral Commission of South Australia in the afternoon on Monday 26 February, hence a week from today.

But unlike the federal situation, as long as they are Australian citizens, the candidates for state parliamentary seats are permitted to be dual nationals.

You have until noon this Friday to ensure you are officially eligible to vote.

The Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble will obviously be holding political candidates to account and challenging their assumptions about preferences.

Which political candidates will apparently be most interested in reforming Australian politics?

Apart from the Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble, who else will be comparing policies properly before the state election?

How will you be challenging assumptions about preferences?

What is your opinion on how-to-vote cards

Are they an affront to democracy?

Are they a waste of resources?

Do the persons wafting them in front of voters' noses behave little better than intrusive hawkers, beggars and touts?

Does the presence of such persons diminish your enjoyment of voting?

Would you prefer the voting process to be about celebrating pleasantly inclusive occasions rather than unpleasantly intrusive ones?

Sensible voters possess consistently civilised preferences.  They prefer receiving the local weather forecast without the accompaniment of advertisements and fake news.

Are you a moderator for a social media group of relevance to the South Australian state election?

For sensible voters, the weather forecast should not be presented in association with a sales pitch.  It should be presented entirely scientifically, in association with relevant climatological data.

Enlightened voters do not vote for lobbyists or (other) scammers.

Which political candidates in the state election are actually charlatans, or at least in the pockets of lobbyists?

With or without an election, who is really leading South Australia, and where?

The Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble has long been identifying short-term opportunities for Adelaideans in 2018.

Do you consider elections to be short-term opportunities or longer term eventualities?

If you are preparing properly for the South Australian state election, what are those preparations, and what sorts of preferences do they include?

How do you account for your preference for South Australia?

What do you believe to be the biggest mistakes made by political candidates, and political parties?

What percentage of people within the local electorates in your vicinity would prefer an enlightened democracy for South Australians?