Election 2016: ABC guide

Your guide to the most comprehensive multi–platform election coverage in ABC's history.


It’s the last 7 days before the Federal Election and ABC has a big week ahead.

ABC will deliver the most comprehensive multi–platform election coverage in its history on television, radio, mobile, social and online.

Journalists include: Leigh Sales, Chris Uhlmann, Barrie Cassidy, Annabel Crabb, Sabra Lane, Michael Rowland, Virginia Trioli, Julia Baird, Patricia Karvelas and more. ABC Election Analyst Antony Green will participate in his tenth Federal Election.

A geo-block will be lifted so international viewers can live-stream ABC News 24’s continuous coverage worldwide all day at abc.net.au/news24.



ABC News Digital will deliver live coverage of election day and right throughout the night at abc.net.au/news as well as on the ABC app, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Vine and in email updates. As well as all the latest election news, reporters from all states and regional areas will contribute to the live blog coverage with updates from polling stations and key electorates.

As the votes are counted ABC News Digital delivers live results straight to your mobile and online at the ABC News website. Keep up-to-the-minute with how the leaders are tracking, the latest numbers for each electorate and the overall House and Senate counts.

The ABC Newsbot will also tell you the latest results. Just tweet your question to @ABCNewsBot on Twitter or search for “ABC News” in Facebook Messenger. Subscribe to breaking election news alerts via the ABC app (download here).

ABC News reporters will be providing news updates on Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as behind the scenes photos and video.

During the day Snapchat reporters from around the country will take users through interesting electorates in their respective states, and you’ll also get a sneak peek behind the scenes at the ABC’s Election Centre.

There will be Facebook Live broadcasts throughout the day from journalists on the road, as well as on the night with National Affairs Correspondent Greg Jennett, breaking down the key developments after the result is announced.



ABC News Breakfast Special
6.00-10.00am on ABC, ABC News 24 (AEST) & iview
In an election day News Breakfast special, Michael Rowland and Virginia Trioli follow all the colour and movement as Australia heads to the ballot box. Catch the final word from politicians and pundits.

ABC News 24
Throughout the day ABC News 24 will bring you continuous live coverage and the latest election news from around the country. For our international viewers, the geo- block will be lifted from 6am to after midnight AEST so you can live-stream ABC News 24’s non-stop broadcast, worldwide all day at abc.net.au/news24.

Australia Votes: News Special
4.00pm on ABC, ABC News 24 (AEST) & iview
With only two hours until polls close in the eastern states, Jeremy Fernandez presents the latest news and updates from polling stations around the country.


ABC News
5.00pm on ABC, ABC News 24 (AEST) & iview
Jeremy Fernandez hosts a special election news edition covering the final developments on the campaign trail as well as the rest of the day’s national and international news. Tune into the ABC on election night to get the results first. Leading ABC TV’s live and continuous coverage will be 7.30 host Leigh Sales and Political Editor Chris Uhlmann. ABC Election Analyst Antony Green and top ABC political minds Annabel Crabb, Barrie Cassidy and Michael Rowland will provide expert analysis and commentary as the numbers come in, with regular crosses to the Coalition and Labor Party headquarters with ABC News National Affairs Correspondent Greg Jennett and 7.30 Political Correspondent Sabra Lane. The guest political panellists are Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Penny Wong. Our uninterrupted coverage will feature up-to-the-minute results, regular updates on key marginal seats and crosses to candidates and key political figures around Australia.

For all the latest election news online go to abc.net.au/australiavotes and on Twitter follow @abcnews.

Australia Votes: Election Special
5:30pm (AEST) on ABC, ABC News 24, ABC News Digital & iview

The Drum: Election After Party
On ABC, ABC News 24 & iview
Join us immediately after the Australia Votes: Election Special for The Drum: Election After Party. Live from Sydney, host Julia Baird will dissect the night’s events with a special election panel including journalist David Marr, media commentator Sue Cato, Advertising Creative Director Dee Madigan and AFR journalist Jennifer Hewitt. Coverage will also include the latest updates on results from Western Australia.


Weekend Breakfast
6.00am on ABC, ABC News 24 (AEST) & iview
Join hosts Miriam Corowa and Andrew Geoghegan for a special earlier edition of Weekend Breakfast as they deliver a wrap of the election results and latest news.

Insiders: The Verdict
9.00am on ABC, ABC News 24 (AEST), ABC NewsRadio (AEST) & iview
A must-watch 90-minute special edition of Australia’s most popular political and morning television program. Host Barrie Cassidy will make sense of the events of last night and look back on all the highlights – and lowlights – of Election 2016 with a panel of Australia’s top political journalists, including the AFR’s Laura Tingle, The Australian’s Niki Savva and The Courier Mail’s Dennis Atkins. Mike Bowers will talk pictures with The Daily Telegraph’s cartoonist Warren Brown. **Offsiders will be at 10.30am on ABC TV.

The Drum: Election Special
6.00pm on ABC & iview / 6.30pm on ABC News 24 & iview
Host Julia Baird and a panel of expert guests will examine the fallout from Saturday night’s election results and dissect the political spin from the parties.

ABC News Sunday
7pm on ABC & iview
An extended one-hour national news program co-hosted by Political Editor Chris Uhlmann. This post-election ABC News special will deliver an election wrap with a focus on the results in your state, with live crosses to key seats around the country. Antony Green will provide the latest on where the numbers landed, with interviews and analysis from Greg Jennett, Barrie Cassidy and Sabra Lane giving us insights on what we can expect in a new political landscape. This special program will also have the latest local, national and international news of the day.



Compass: Election Special – Values in the House
6.00pm on ABC & iview
In this one-hour Compass special, Geraldine Doogue goes beyond the political point scoring and engages with five politicians – one from each of the parties and an independent – about their core values and beliefs. Featuring Josh Frydenberg, Fiona Nash, Andrew Leigh, Jacqui Lambie and Scott Ludlum.



Four Corners: The Leaders
8.30pm on ABC & iview
Gold Walkley and Logie Award-winning reporter Sarah Ferguson interviews the two men vying to lead Australia. With the election only days away, Sarah Ferguson sits down to talk with Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten as they make their final pitches to the voters. What will she ask?

At the later time of 9.45pm on ABC, plus simulcast live at 9.45pm (AEST) on iview, ABC NewsRadio & on ABC News 24 (SA, NT, WA only)
For the final Q&A before Election Day a hard-hitting panel to sum up the longest election campaign in half a century. Joining host Tony Jones on the Q&A panel will be: Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek; broadcaster Alan Jones; Professor of Indigenous Studies Marcia Langton and leading economic analyst Chris Richardson.

Monday to Friday at 9.30pm (AEST) on ABC News 24 & iview and later on ABC Lateline, hosted by Emma Alberici and Tony Jones will feature interviews with key political figures in the countdown to Election Day.


National Press Club: Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten
12.30pm on ABC, ABC News 24 (AEST) & iview
Live from Canberra.



Kitchen Cabinet: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten
8pm on ABC & iview
Annabel Crabb joins Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for a campaign pit stop in his electorate.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell
8.30pm on ABC & iview
Shaun Micallef gives voice to a nation’s rage in his 6th season of the award-winning, Mad As Hell. Cast: Shaun Micallef, Roz Hammond, Francis Greenslade, Emily Taheny, Stephen Hall and Tosh Greenslade.

The Chaser’s Election Desk
9.00pm on ABC & iview
A long election campaign needs a long desk. The Chaser offers a desk long enough to cover this year’s explosive marathon with truly explosive explosiveness. The longest desk. The most explosive desk. The Chaser’s Election Desk.


National Press Club: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
12.30pm on ABC, ABC News 24 (AEST) & iview
Live from Canberra.

Kitchen Cabinet: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
8pm on ABC & iview
Annabel Crabb has lunch with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to find out how he’s faring on the home stretch on the campaign trail.


Rookie Reporter
Airs 11.30am and 7.00pm on ABC3
Follow the journey of 12 year old Maya as she joins seasoned ABC journalists as a political journalist covering the 2016 Australian Federal Election for ABC3’s Behind the News.


Sammy J’s Playground Politics
Tony Jones and Leigh Sales do fabulous work, but comedian Sammy J thinks ABC’s election coverage has long suffered from a lack of songs and craft activities. Welcome to Sammy J’s Playground Politics.There’s never been a more exciting time to be a small fabric doll that strongly resembles Malcolm Turnbull.

Story Hunters
Available on iview
Story Hunters is an exciting new video journalist concept, showcasing original stories powered by the audience. Housed on the ABC’s iview service, Story Hunters is a growing collection of distinctive fact based journalism, opinion pieces and satirical content. Don’t miss election themed stories including #Twitchike, in which Dan Ilic hitchhikes around Australia to find out what’s really on Australia’s mind this election. Then find out how Canberra really works in What’s Going On? Journey to Canberra. Jamila Rizvi and Rosie Waterland journey to the heart of Australian democracy to answer all the questions you’re thinking but not asking.

2 Responses

  1. Great Chaser ep this week. I was lucky enough to go to last week’s filming – Julian Morrow has skills!! And that desk is absolutely enormous – it’s actually bigger in real life than it looks on tv!!

    1. Well it has to be big enough to carry the one joke for 5 episodes…

      Sorry Chaser guys, but this one’s seriously flat, strained, and mostly unfunny. Someone else said earlier that it’s more like The Checkout meets The Chaser, and nowhere near as good as either – and they’re right.

      (In fact, a literal checkout might’ve been a better prop. “Fact check on register 7 please – price of frozen Medicare rebates”, or “clean-up in aisle 5, discarded promises”…)

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