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Can You Guess What's Missing From This Weekend's Election Coverage?

Finally, old, white men get to have a say.

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If you think the election day sausagefest ends when you chow down on a sausage sizzle this weekend, think again, because television's election night coverage will be dominated (as usual) by men.

The big networks: 7, 9, Sky News and the ABC have officially revealed the line-ups for their election night panels, and ~surprise~ we'll be getting heaps of opinions from old, white dudes. Here's the breakdown:

(Note: This is only people sitting on panels in the studio, not reporters wandering the streets asking randos about the election)

Channel 7

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7's coverage will be led by veteran political editor Mark Riley, alongside senior journalist Chris Reason. (In 2013, that role was filled by Chris Bath, but she's no longer with the network.)

They'll be joined by controversial broadcaster Alan Jones, former Labor leader Mark Latham, former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett and Labor senator Sam Dastyari.

There'll be two women on the panel: deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek and independent senator Jacqui Lambie. That's two women and six men.

Sausage rating: 80%

Channel 9

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9's coverage will be anchored by Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson. They'll be joined by press gallery giant Laurie Oakes, former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello, former Labor leader Kim Beazley, Labor minister Anthony Albanese and Liberal senator Arthur Sinodinos.

Two lucky ladies - former Liberal senator Amanda Vanstone and former Labor MP Maxine McKew - will get to join them. That's three women and six men.

Sausage rating: 66%

Sky News

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Over on pay TV, Sky's coverage will be led by political editor David Speers. He'll be joined by Victorian Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger, Labor pollster Bruce Hawker, Alan Jones (who will apparently be in two places at once), attorney general George Brandis and shadow immigration spokesperson Richard Marles.

Former NSW premier Kristina Keneally and the chief of staff to former prime minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, will be the only women on the panel, alongside six men.

Sausage rating: 75%.

The ABC


The ABC's panel will be hosted by 7.30's Leigh Sales and ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann, alongside number cruncher Antony Green and journalists Annabel Crabb, Barrie Cassidy and Michael Rowland.

They'll be joined by treasurer Scott Morrison and Labor senator Penny Wong. That's five dudes and three women.

Sausage rating: 62%

So all up that's 23 men, compared to nine women. There's never been a more exciting time to be a man!

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