David Littleproud (LNP-Maranoa) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by David Littleproud, the Liberal National member for the Queensland electorate of Maranoa.

Littleproud will sit as a member of The Nationals in Canberra.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by David Littleproud, LNP member for Maranoa.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Before I call the honourable member for Maranoa, I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech. I ask the House to extend to him the usual courtesies. I personally would like to welcome my northern neighbour. We share a boundary of about 800 kilometres. [Read more…]


John McVeigh (LNP-Groom) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by John McVeigh, LNP member for Groom.

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Hansard transcript of John McVeigh’s maiden speech to the House of Representatives as the LNP member for Groom.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Goodenough): Before I call the honourable member for Groom, I remind the House that it is the honourable member’s first speech. I ask that the House extend to him the usual courtesies. [Read more…]


Sen. James McGrath (Lib-Qld) – Maiden Speech

Senator James McGrath has delivered his first speech to the Senate.

McGrath

McGrath, a Liberal senator from Queensland, was elected at the 2013 federal election. His term began on July 1 and will end on June 30, 2020.

Prior to his election, McGrath worked as a political strategist and campaign director in Queensland. [Read more…]


LNP Running Anti-Union Campaign In Griffith By-Election

This is an advertisement posted on YouTube by the Liberal National Party for this weekend’s Griffith by-election.

The by-election is to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of former prime minister Kevin Rudd. The ALP holds Griffith with a margin of 3.01% or 5,201 votes. There was a 5.45% two-party swing against Rudd in 2013 and a 3.86% swing in 2010. Rudd polled 53.09% of the primary vote in 2007 but this had declined to 40.36% in 2013. [Read more…]


Griffith By-Election Set For February 8

The Griffith by-election will be held on February 8, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop, has announced.

The by-election has been caused by the resignation of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who had held the seat since 1998.

Under Section 33 of the Constitution, the Speaker is responsible for the issue of writs for vacancies. The writ will be issued today, with the rolls closing next Monday. Nominations close on January 16.

The by-election will be held the weekend before Parliament resumes for 2014.

The ALP holds the seat with a margin of 3.01%. There was a 5.45% swing against Rudd at last year’s federal election. In 2010, there was a 3.86% swing against Rudd. When Rudd led the ALP into government in 2007 he received 62.32% of the two-party-preferred vote in Griffith. [Read more…]


Michelle Landry (LNP – Capricornia) – First Speech

Michelle Landry was first elected as the Liberal National member for Capricornia at the 2013 federal election.

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Landry won the seat after the retirement of the ALP’s Kirsten Livermore who had represented the seat since 1998. [Read more…]


Greens Seek Recount After Scott Ludlam Loses Western Australian Senate Seat

The Greens have asked for a recount after its one-term Western Australian Senator Scott Ludlam lost his seat today.

LudlamPredictions since election night have held that Ludlam and the Australian Sports Party candidate, Wayne Dropulich, would win the final two seats in WA. However, when the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) computer distributed preferences today, the ALP’s Senator Louise Pratt and the Palmer United Party’s (PUP) Zhenya Wang emerged victorious.

Ludlam’s defeat was caused by a 14 vote difference between Australian Christians and Shooters and Fishers candidates that ensured preferences flowed to the ALP and PUP ahead of the Greens and Sports Party.

Clive Palmer’s party will now have 3 senators after next July. Palmer has won the House of Representatives seat of Fairfax by 7 votes but a recount will begin tomorrow. PUP won 709,076 primary votes – 5.49% – nationally in the House. In the Senate, it won 658,892 votes, or 4.91%. By any measure, this is the most successful performance by a new party since the Australian Democrats won two Senate seats in 1977.

The final result in Western Australia sees the re-election of the Liberal Party’s two senators, David Johnston and Michaelia Cash. However, the Liberals have lost one seat by failing to replace retiring Senator Alan Eggleston.

Aside from incumbent Senator Louise Pratt, the ALP has also elected Joe Bullock. Pratt’s narrow victory reflects the low ALP vote of just 26.59%. [Read more…]