During the 2019 federal election campaign, the QUT Digital Observatory along with Professor Axel Bruns, Professor Daniel Angus, and Adam Smith collected the tweets from Twitter accounts officially associated with candidates in the election. Now, with the next federal election coming, we have published this dataset for those who are interested in the conversation around Australia’s election. The 2019 Federal Election Dataset can now be accessed at QUT Research Data Finder.
The dataset includes 14,669 tweets IDs of tweets posted by the candidates and over 1 million tweet IDs of tweets related to or mentioning these candidates, spanning the period from 4th May 2019 to 25 May 2019. The tweet IDs can be rehydrated using the Twitter API to extract the full tweet content.
Some high-level summary statistics such as historical trends and tweet volume by candidate and party, as well as information about the candidates, including their Twitter handles and registered political parties, are also provided.