Abbott Says It’s Situation Normal: A Government Without A Senate Majority

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says there is nothing unusual about the situation his government finds itself in with the Senate.

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Abbott said there was nothing unusual about a government not having a majority in the Senate. He pointed to the 13 years of the Hawke and Keating governments and all but one of John Howard’s four terms as examples. “No, we have got situation normal which is a Senate where the Government does not have a majority in its own right,” Abbott said. [Read more…]


Nick Varvaris (Lib – Barton) – First Speech

Nick Varvaris was first elected as the Liberal member for Barton at the 2013 federal election.

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Varvaris is the first Liberal Party member for Barton since 1983.

Barton is a Sydney electorate. It extends from Cooks River and Cup and Saucer Creek in the north to the Georges River in the south, Botany Bay in the east and generally to Beverly Hills in the west. The main suburbs include Arncliffe, Banksia, Bardwell Valley, Beverley Park, Bexley, Bexley North, Brighton-Le-Sands, Carss Park, Dolls Point, Kogarah, Kogarah Bay, Kyeemagh, Monterey, Ramsgate, Ramsgate Beach, Rockdale, Sandringham, Sans Souci, Turrella, Wolli Creek and parts of Beverly Hills, Carlton, Earlwood and Kingsgrove. [Read more…]


In Barton, Tony Abbott Promises Home-Grown Policy With A Strong Australian Accent

The Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, was campaigning in the NSW electorate of Barton this morning.

Barton is held for Labor by the former Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, with a margin of 6.86%. McClelland has announced that he will not contest the seat at this year’s election. There has been speculation that he may cause a by-election by resigning to take up a judicial post from the NSW government.

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