Another Season Of Valedictory Speeches As Twelve Senators Depart

Twelve senators are about to leave the Federal Parliament as the July 1 changeover approaches.

The departing senators will give valedictory speeches in the Senate over the next two weeks. The first will be given tomorrow by the Nationals Senator Ron Boswell, who has been in the Senate since 1983.

The Senate has 76 members. Each of the six states has 12 senators, whilst the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory have 2 senators each. Senators serve fixed 6-year terms which commence on July 1. Except in the case of a double dissolution, Senate elections are staggered, with half the state-based senators facing the electorate at each House of Representatives election. Territory senators serve terms that are concurrent with the House.

On July 1, the State senators elected on September 7, 2013 will take their places. These 36 senators will serve terms that end on June 30, 2020.

Twenty-four senators were re-elected last year. Of the 12 who were replaced, 7 were defeated (6 ALP and 1 Liberal) and 5 retired (2 ALP, 2 Liberal and 1 Nationals).

The ALP lost one member in each state and will have only 25 senators from July 1. The party lost 3 members to the Palmer United Party (PUP), and one each to the Liberal Democrats (LDP), the Greens and Family First (FF).

The Liberal Party (LP) lost one member in Victoria to the Motoring Enthusiasts Party (AMEP).

The new Senate will have 4 new members from Queensland, 3 from Western Australia, 2 from Victoria and 1 each from New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

From July 1, the Senate will consist of: Coalition 33, ALP 25, Greens 10, PUP 3, Motoring Enthusiast Party 1, Family First 1, Liberal Democrats 1, DLP 1, Nick Xenophon 1. The government will need 39 votes to pass its legislation. If the ALP and the Greens are opposed, the government will need the support of 6 of the 8 crossbenchers.

Senators Leaving On June 30, 2014
No. Name Party Term Reason Replacement Party
NEW SOUTH WALES
1.
Ursula Stephens
ALP
12 years
defeated
David Leyonhjelm
LDP
VICTORIA
2.
Helen Kroger
LP
6 years
defeated
Ricky Muir
AMEP
3.
Mehmet Tillem
ALP
10 months
defeated
Janet Rice
Greens
QUEENSLAND
4.
Ron Boswell
LNP
31 years
retired
Matthew Canavan
LNP
5.
Sue Boyce
LNP
7 years
retired
James McGrath
LNP
6.
John Hogg
ALP
18 years
retired
Chris Ketter
ALP
7.
Mark Furner
ALP
6 years
defeated
Glenn Lazarus
PUP
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
8.
Alan Eggleston
LP
18 years
retired
Linda Reynolds
LP
9.
Mark Bishop
ALP
18 years
retired
Joe Bullock
ALP
10.
Louise Pratt
ALP
6 years
defeated
Zhenya Wang
PUP
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
11.
Don Farrell
ALP
6 years
defeated
Bob Day
FF
TASMANIA
12.
Lin Thorp
ALP
2 years
defeated
Jacqui Lambie
PUP


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