Senator Ursula Stephens (ALP-NSW) – Valedictory Speech

Senator Ursula Stephens was a two-term Labor senator from New South Wales.

Stephens

First elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2007, Stephens was defeated at the 2013 federal election. Her position was taken by the Liberal Democrats candidate, David Leyonhjelm. [Read more…]


Senator Louise Pratt (ALP-WA) – Valedictory Speech

Louise Pratt was an ALP senator from Western Australia, serving for one term from 2008.

Pratt

Pratt was successful in the first count of the W.A. Senate election held on September 7, 2013, but she was defeated in the second count. After the High Court voided the election in February 2014, Pratt was again defeated in the April 2014 re-run. [Read more…]


Senator Lin Thorp (ALP-Tas) – Valedictory Speech

Lin Thorp was a Tasmanian ALP senator for two years from June 2012.

Thorp

She was appointed to fill a casual vacancy created by the retirement of Senator Nick Sherry. She failed to win re-election at the 2013 federal election. Her position was effectively taken by the Palmer United Party’s Jacqui Lambie. [Read more…]


Senator Mehmet Tillem (ALP-Vic) – Valedictory Speech

Senator Mehmet Tillem served just ten months in the upper house.

Tillem

Tillem, a Labor senator from Victoria, was appointed on August 21, 2013 to fill a casual vacancy created by the resignation of David Feeney, who was preselected for the safe seat of Batman in the House of Representatives. [Read more…]


ALP Releases 2013 Election Campaign Review

The ALP has released a review of the party’s losing 2013 federal election campaign.

The 25-page review was conducted by Brisbane City Councillor Milton Dick and Victorian Labor MP Jane Garrett.

The report confirms that the ALP’s internal research in May 2013 “indicated possible swings against us of 18 per cent in many seats which would have seen us hold just 40 seats, not the 55 we retained”. Following the return of Rudd, the party’s two-party-preferred vote “crept from the mid-40s to the high 40s, breaking even at the start of July, although sustaining this vote proved hard”.

The reports says that the change of leadership from Julia Gillard to Kevin Rudd profoundly impacted the campaign strategy and infrastructure. “We know the single biggest reason voters turned away from Labor was internal Party disunity,” they say. Half of the campaign team in Campaign Headquarters left after Gillard was deposed and some sitting members chose not to run. “The infrastructure of the campaign had to be rebuilt in a matter of weeks.”

The review recommends early selection of candidates in marginal seats and the training and establishment of field operations. It calls for a new candidate selection panel to work with local communities to assist with identifying new candidates. [Read more…]


(Not A) Valedictory Speech: Senator John Hogg (ALP-Qld)

The President of the Senate, Senator John Hogg, has delivered his valedictory speech, bringing to an end his 18-year parliamentary career.

Senator Hogg was first elected as a Labor member from Queensland at the 1996 federal election. He was re-elected in 2001 and 2007.

He was Deputy President of the Senate from 2002 and President from 2008. [Read more…]


Valedictory Speech – Senator Mark Bishop (ALP-WA)

Senator Mark Bishop has given his valedictory speech in the Senate chamber, bringing to an end an 18-year political career.

Bishop

In his speech, Bishop supported the supremacy of the House of Representatives over the Senate. He said: “I hold to the view that the party or parties that control a majority on the floor of the House should govern in both places. The same principle should have applied for the last six years and the same principle should apply again when we again occupy the Treasury benches.” [Read more…]