Election 2016 Guide

Election 2016 Guide

With the nation going to the polls on the weekend here’s a detailed guide.


Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson will spearhead an expert team of reporters, analysts and political insiders when Channel Nine broadcasts Election 2016: Australia Decides from 5.00pm on Saturday.

Our coverage will commence with the result of an exclusive Galaxy poll in which we will make an early call on the likely winner.

Half-hour, state-based editions of Nine News will follow at 6.00pm, bringing viewers the very latest from polling booths in their communities. National coverage will resume at 6.30pm with an unparalleled line-up of specialist political commentators.

Nine News Political Editor and Walkley Award-winning journalist Laurie Oakes will lead Nine’s panel of experts. Oakes is Australia’s No. 1 political journalist and is revered in the Canberra press gallery for his record in news-breaking and commentary.

Joining Oakes on the panel is Peter Costello, widely regarded as one of the most successful Treasurers Australia has seen. Having served the Liberal Party both in government and opposition, Costello is only too familiar with what would be required of a Turnbull government to implement policy change and get the economy moving if returned to power.

Former Deputy Prime Minister and two-time Labor leader Kim Beazley will provide specialist knowledge into the inner workings of the ALP.

Also offering insight from inside the Labor Party will be Former Deputy Prime Minister and current Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese.

Arthur Sinodinos, Coalition Cabinet representative and member of Malcolm Turnbull’s inner circle, will join Nine’s panel, together with former Howard government minister Amanda Vanstone.

Rounding out the panel will be Maxine McKew, the former journalist-turned-politician best known for defeating John Howard in his seat of Bennelong at the 2007 Federal election.

Nine’s coverage will feature cutting-edge technology to bring voting results to viewers faster than ever, withBen Fordham and Ross Greenwood taking viewers through key battlegrounds, target seats and social media reaction from the Election Mega Wall.

We have also assembled an unrivalled team of reporters across the nation, headlined by Peter Overtonreporting from Liberal HQ and Allison Langdon at Labor HQ.


Seven News special coverage of the 2016 Federal Election will be broadcast live from Channel Seven’s Martin Place studio in Sydney on Saturday from 5:00pm AEST.

Join Seven News political editor Mark Riley and senior correspondent Chris Reason for comprehensive and up-to-the-minute results as the country’s political heavyweights and commentators line up alongside each other in the most experienced election panel.

Australian radio broadcaster Alan Jones and former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett will provide expert commentary, along with former Labor leader Mark Latham, Senator Jacqui Lambie, deputy leader of the Labor party Tanya Plibersek, and key numbers man Senator Sam Dastyari.

Seven News anchor Mark Ferguson and senior political correspondent Tim Lester will be reporting livefrom Sydney where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be, and political reporters Marija Jovanovic and Nick Etchells will be in Melbourne with Bill Shorten.

Seven News will cross live throughout the night to reporters and politicians in more than 30 key battlegrounds across the country.

Election coverage will break on the main channel at 6pm AEST for a special 30-minute edition of Seven News hosted by Kay McGrath.

Live election coverage will return to the main channel at 6.30pm AEST throughout regional Queensland – and will be commercial-free until a result is known.

Live rolling coverage of Your Vote Australia Decides 2016 will begin with the results and analysis of an exclusive 7News/ReachTEL exit poll of voters that day, and a separate exit poll targeting voter sentiment in two key marginal seats.

As voters reject MPs, we’ll eject them from the Departure Lounge. And who’ll win the race up the Tower of Power.

Your Vote Australia Decides 2016 airs on Saturday from 5.00pm AEST on Seven.