Andrew Broad (Nats – Mallee) – First Speech

Andrew Broad was elected as The Nationals member for Mallee at the 2013 federal election.

Broad

Broad replaced John Forrest who represented the seat since 1993. Broad is only the fourth man, all Nationals, to represent the electorate since its creation in 1949.

Because Forrest retired, the Coalition agreement permitted the Liberals to nominate a candidate. The Nationals polled 38.76% of the primary vote to the Liberal Party’s 27.22%. After preferences, Broad won with 56.21% of the two-candidate-preferred vote. Measured against the ALP, his two-party-preferred vote was 73.66%, in keeping with Mallee’s status as one of the safest Coalition seats in the nation.

Mallee is situated in north-western Victoria. It is bordered by the Murray River in the north, the South Australian border in the west, and adjoins Wannon in the south and Murray in the east. The main population centres are Mildura in the north, Warracknabeal, St Arnaud, Horsham and Stawell in the south and Swan Hill and Kerang in the east.

This is Broad’s first speech to the House of Representatives. [Read more...]


Treasurer Joe Hockey Blocks ADM Takeover Of GrainCorp

The Treasurer, Joe Hockey, has blocked the takeover of GrainCorp by the American company Archer Daniels Midland.

Hockey

Hockey used the power given to him alone as Treasurer to reject the foreign investment application. ADM was seeking to increase its current shareholding of 19.85% to 100%. Hockey said he would permit ADM to hold 24.9%.

Whilst many see the decision as unexpected, Hockey’s announcement heads off a political conflict with The Nationals in the coalition. In his announcement, Hockey said a “significant consideration” was that “this proposal has attracted a high level of concern from stakeholders and the broader community. I therefore judged that allowing it to proceed could risk undermining public support for the foreign investment regime and ongoing foreign investment more generally. This would not be in our national interest.”

It seems clear that the government has avoided a clash with sections of its core supporters but the decision conflicts with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claim that “Australia is open for business”. Free marketeers and economic rationalists in the government will be alarmed at what the decision says about the future direction of the Abbott government. [Read more...]


AEC Finalises $58 Million Of Election Funding To Candidates In Federal Election

The Australian Electoral Commission has made payments to political parties and candidates totalling $58,076,456.01, following the 2013 federal election.

Election funding is provided to parties and candidates polling at least 4% of the primary vote in House and Senate elections. Each first preference vote was worth 248.800 cents.

The payment is indexed. At the 2010 election, each vote was worth 231.191 cents and a total of $53,163,385 was paid to candidates. [Read more...]


Orientation Day For New Members Of The House Of Representatives

New members of the House of Representatives have assembled in Canberra for an orientation session.

New Members

The new members – 23 Liberals, 6 Nationals, 11 ALP, 1 Independent and 1 Palmer United Party – were addressed by the outgoing Speaker of the House, Anna Burke. She reminded them of the privilege it is to be one of only 1,133 members who have been elected to the House of Representatives since Federation in 1901. For non-members, Burke’s speech provides a fascinating insight into the life of a member of parliament.

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The 41 42 new members of the House of Representatives represent 27% 28% of the total of 150. The outcome in the Queensland electorate of Fairfax has not yet been determined. The new members are: [Read more...]


Current Federal Parliamentary Leaders

Each political party represented in the Federal Parliament elects leaders in each house.

Just as the government is decided in the House of Representatives, so the parties elect their leaders and deputy leaders from amongst their representatives in the House. If the party is not represented in the lower house, its leader will be chosen from amongst its members in the Senate.

These tables are correct as of October 14, 2013. They take account of the change of government following the September 7 election and leadership ballots in all parties as a result of the election. [Read more...]


The First Abbott Ministry: Statistical Analysis

This page provides statistical data on the First Abbott Ministry.

The ministry was announced on September 16, 2013.

It includes 19 Cabinet ministers, 11 members of the Outer Ministry and 12 Parliamentary Secretaries. All 42 members will be sworn as Executive Councillors.

The first table shows the ministry by party, age, sex, state, parliamentary chamber and previous executive experience.

The second table lists each member of the executive and gives their birthdays, ages, electorates, states, date when first elected to parliament, portfolio and experience. [Read more...]


The First Abbott Ministry Announced

The Prime Minister-elect, Tony Abbott, has announced the composition of his first ministry.

The new executive has 30 members. The Cabinet has 19 members, the Outer Ministry 11, and there are 12 Parliamentary Secretaries.

Announcing the ministry at a press conference in Canberra, Abbott said: “This is the team to provide strong and stable government. It builds on a strong, cohesive and united opposition.”

Abbott

Stability and calm were Abbott’s themes during the announcement. He said he wanted a ministry that would “methodically and calmly implement our commitments and respond intelligently to the events of the day”. [Read more...]