ACT Senate Results Finalised: One-All, No Change

The Senate results for the Australian Capital Territory were finalised and announced today.

With just two senators to be chosen, the proportional system ensures that the ALP and Liberal Party will usually take one senator each. The ALP’s Katy Gallagher was re-elected, as was the Liberal Party’s Zed Seselja.

The ALP polled 37.94% of the primary vote, up 3.50% from the 2013 election. The Liberals polled 33.21%, up 0.13%. The Greens received 16.10%.

Gallagher has been a senator since replacing Kate Lundy in March, 2015. Previously, she was a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly (2001-14) and Chief Minister from 2011 to 2014.

Seselja has been a senator since 2013. He defeated the former member, Gary Humphries, in a bitter preselection contest. Previously, Seselja was a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly (2004-13). He was Opposition Leader from 2007 until 2013. [Read more…]


Turnbull Announces New Ministry

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced his new ministry, following the 2016 federal election.

The Second Turnbull Government will be sworn in at Government House tomorrow morning at 9.00am.

There are 42 members of the executive. The Cabinet has been increased to 23 members, the largest number since the Whitlam governments (1972-75), when all ministers were in the Cabinet and there was no outer ministry. The Outer Ministry has shrunk to 7 members and there are 12 Assistant Ministers, previously known as Parliamentary Secretaries.

Most major portfolios in the Cabinet are unchanged. Scott Morrisonremains Treasurer, whilst Julie Bishop continues in Foreign Affairs and Peter Dutton stays in Immigration and Border Protection.

Christopher Pyne has been moved from Education into a newly-created portfolio of Defence Industry, in which he will oversee the South Australian submarine building program. Senator Simon Birmingham becomes Minister for Education and Training.

Kelly O’Dwyer’s position as Assistant Treasurer has been re-named Revenue and Financial Services. Her previous responsibility for Small Business has gone to Michael McCormack.

Greg Hunt becomes Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, whilst Josh Frydenberg takes over Environment and Energy. [Read more…]


Zed Seselja Topples Gary Humphries For ACT Liberal Senate Preselection

Senator Gary Humphries has lost preselection for the Liberal Party’s ACT Senate ticket to Zed Seselja.

SeseljaIn a preselection ballot today, Seselja defeated Humphries by 114 votes to 84.

Seselja’s win is a victory for the conservative wing of the Liberal Party. Humphries has always been regarded as a small-l Liberal.

Humphries, 54, has been an Australian Capital Territory Senator since 2003. Previously, he was Chief Minister of the ACT (2000-01). Elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 1989, he held various portfolios in Liberal governments, including Attorney-General (1995-2000) and Treasurer (1999-2001).

Seselja, 35, was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2004. He served as Leader of the Opposition from 2007 until earlier this month.

Territory senators serve concurrent terms with the House of Representatives. Assuming the September 14 election proceeds as announced, Seselja will enter the Senate at that time. New Senators elected from the states will not take their seats until July 1, 2014.