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Archives for September 2010

Seats Changing Hands At The 2010 Federal Election

The table on this page shows the seats that changed hands in the 2010 House of Representatives election.

A total of 16 seats changed hands.

The ALP lost 13 (including 7 in Queensland) of the 83 seats it won in 2007. It picked up 2, both in Victoria (La Trobe and McEwen), giving it a net 72 seats.

The Coalition won 65 seats at the 2007 election. The seat of Lyne moved from coalition to independent as a result of a mid-term by-election. In 2010, the Coalition won 11 seats and lost 2. One seat (O’Connor) moved from the Liberal Party to the Nationals (WA) and was not formally part of the coalition. The net result for the coalition was 72 seats, with O’Connor effectively making it 73. [Read more…]

Rob Mitchell (ALP-McEwen) – Maiden Speech

Rob Mitchell won the Victorian seat of McEwen for the ALP at the 2010 federal election.

In an election which reduced the Gillard government to minority status, Mitchell’s victory was vital to the government’s survival. He secured a swing of 5.34% and won the seat with 55.32% of the two-party-preferred vote.

Mitchell contested McEwen in 2007, when the sitting Liberal member, Fran Bailey, won by 31 votes. The election result was confirmed by the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns.

Mitchell was previously a member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 2002 until 2006. [Read more…]

Ken Wyatt (Lib-Hasluck) – Maiden Speech

This is Ken Wyatt’s maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

The Western Australian electorate of Hasluck was created in 2001. Its first member was the ALP’s Sharryn Jackson. In 2004, she was defeated by the Liberal Party’s Stuart Henry but regained the seat again in 2007. Wyatt defeated her in 2010, securing 50.57% of the two-party vote and a swing of 1.42%.

Wyatt is the Liberal Party’s first indigenous member elected to the House of Representatives. [Read more…]

Jane Prentice (Lib-Ryan) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by Jane Prentice, the Liberal member for Ryan.

Prentice was elected at the 2010 federal election, replacing Michael Johnson in one of the Liberal Party’s safest seats in Queensland. She polled 57.16% of the two-party-preferred vote.

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Hansard transcript of first speech to the House of Representatives by Jane Prentice, Liberal member for Ryan.

Mrs PRENTICE (1:31 PM) —I start by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet—the elders past and present. In this context, Mr Speaker, may I say how delighted I am to be joined on this side of the chamber by the new member for Hasluck. [Read more…]

The Twitter Election? Not Likely.

There is much over-blown talk of new paradigms at the moment.

TwitterBefore the 43rd Parliament has even met, the new political paradigm has been shown to be illusory. Standard politics continues apace. An old-fashioned deal has delivered us a minority government. Interest groups and political participants have begun positioning themselves to extract maximum advantage from the new Parliament.

Far from the political process becoming more open and transparent, it is more likely that backroom intrigue will flourish. Intricate deal-making seems set to reach new heights of ingenuity. The numerical permutations and combinations in both houses guarantee that practitioners of the so-called old paradigm will be called upon to ensure that things do not fall apart.

Another paradigm that has failed to materialise is the one that was supposed to deliver a “Twitter election” and usher in a new democracy powered by “social media”. Instead, the golden age of 140-character political participation has been clubbed to death by the established media and all but ignored by the main political parties. [Read more…]

Gillard Delivers Chifley Memorial “Light on the Hill” Speech in Bathurst

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has given her first major speech since being sworn in as Prime Minister of a minority Labor government, following the resolution of the August 21 election.

She spoke in Bathurst, delivering the Chifley Memorial Light on the Hill speech. [Read more…]

The Second Gillard Government: Politics Is Personal

The 42 members of the Second Gillard Government will rarely meet together in one place as they did yesterday at Government House for their swearing in by the Governor-General.

Most of the time, the Cabinet of 20 will meet weekly. Occasionally, the 10 members of the outer ministry will join the Cabinet. Only rarely will the 12 Parliamentary Secretaries sit in the same room with the inner circle.

To watch them yesterday was to be reminded that politics is a business of hierarchies, competing ambitions, animosities and long memories. Disappointment is never far away. Friendship is fraught. As they say in the cities of government the world over, if you want a friend here, get a dog.


Behind the palpable relief that these Labor members were even present at Yarralumla to be commissioned as members of the government lay a picture of the possibilities and problems before them. [Read more…]

The Second Gillard Ministry

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the composition of her new ministry.

As expected, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will become Foreign Minister.

The list includes promotions for key Gillard supporters Bill Shorten, Mark Arbib, Don Farrell and David Feeney.

NOTE: The official list is available for download at the end of this page.


  1. Prime Minister: Julia Gillard
  2. Deputy Prime Minister/Treasurer: Wayne Swan
  3. Minister for Foreign Affairs: Kevin Rudd
  4. Minister for Jobs, Skills and Workplace Relations (Leader of the Government in the Senate): Senator Chris Evans
  5. Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government; Minister for the Arts: Simon Crean
  6. Minister for Defence (Deputy Leader of the House): Stephen Smith
  7. Minister for Health and Ageing: Nicola Roxon
  8. Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs: Jenny Macklin
  9. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport (Leader of the House): Anthony Albanese
  10. Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity (Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate): Senator Stephen Conroy
  11. Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science: Senator Kim Carr
  12. Minister for Finance and Deregulation: Senator Penny Wong
  13. Minister for Schools, Early Childhood and Youth: Peter Garrett
  14. Attorney-General: Robert McClelland
  15. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry: Senator Joseph Ludwig
  16. Minister for Sustainable Population, Communities, Environment and Water: Tony Burke
  17. Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism: Martin Ferguson
  18. Minister for Immigration and Citizenship: Chris Bowen
  19. Minister for Trade: Dr. Craig Emerson
  20. Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency: Greg Combet


Outer Ministry

  1. Minister for Human Services; Minister for Social Inclusion: Tanya Plibersek
  2. Minister for Home Affairs and Justice; Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information: Brendan O’Connor
  3. Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare: Kate Ellis
  4. Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development; Minister for Sport; Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness: Senator Mark Arbib
  5. Minister for Small Business; Minister Assisting the Minister for Tourism: Senator Nick Sherry
  6. Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defence Science and Personnel: Warren Snowdon
  7. Assistant Treasurer; Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation: Bill Shorten
  8. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing: Mark Butler
  9. Special Minister of State: Gary Gray
  10. Minister for Defence Materiel: Jason Clare


Parliamentary Secretaries

  1. Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer: David Bradbury
  2. Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Senator Jacinta Collins
  3. Parliamentary Secretary for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs: Julie Collins
  4. Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency; Cabinet Secretary: Mark Dreyfus
  5. Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Justine Elliot
  6. Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainable Population, Communities, Environment and Water: Senator Don Farrell
  7. Parliamentary Secretary for Defence: Senator David Feeney
  8. Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry: Mike Kelly
  9. Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing; Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport: Catherine King
  10. Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship; Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Senator Kate Lundy
  11. Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Richard Marles
  12. Parliamentary Secretary for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs: Jan McLucas
  13. Parliamentarty Secretary for Disabilities and Carers: Senator Jan McLucas


Agreement To Form Government: The Windsor-Oakeshott-Gillard Deal

This is the full text of the agreement Prime Minister Julia Gillard has signed with the rural independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott.

The documents details policy agreements and commitments to the operation of the hung parliament. [Read more…]

Victorious Gillard Says Democracy Works

A beaming Julia Gillard, flanked by her grinning deputy, Wayne Swan, has expressed her desire to get on with the job now that the rural independents have supported her leadership of a minority Labor government.

Julia Gillard

Gillard and Swan appeared before the media at 4.40pm, one hour after the independents announced their decision. [Read more…]