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Archives for October 2010

Election Funding Payments: 2010 Federal Election

This table shows the election funding payments made to political parties and candidates following the 2010 federal election.

A candidate or Senate group needs four per cent of the primary vote to be eligible for election funding. The amount is calculated by multiplying the number of votes obtained by the current funding rate.

The funding rate for the 2010 election was 231.191 cents per House of Representatives and Senate vote. The rate is indexed every six months to increases in the Consumer Price Index.

Just over $53 million was distributed to parties and candidates. [Read more…]


Ed Husic (ALP-Chifley) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech of Ed Husic, the ALP member for the New South Wales electorate of Chifley, in the House of Representatives.

Created in 1969, the Chifley electorate is in western Sydney and has only ever been held by Labor members. Husic succeeds Roger Price, who held it from 1984 until 2010.

Husic suffered a 7.34% swing against him in the 2010 federal election, reducing Chifley’s two-party-preferred margin to 62.34%. Nevertheless, the ALP won the seat on primaries with 51.58%.

Husic, 40, has a background as an adviser to the Minister for Communications, Arts and Tourism (1994-96) and Chief of Staff to a NSW State government minister (2005-06). He worked for the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (1996-99) and was the union’s National President (2006-10).

He is the first Muslim member of the Australian Parliament. [Read more…]


Laura Smyth (ALP-La Trobe) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech of Laura Smyth, the ALP member for La Trobe, in the House of Representatives.

Smyth is the first Labor member for La Trobe since 1990, when Peter Milton was defeated after serving for 10 years and 4 terms. The electorate includes outer eastern and south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Cockatoo, Narre Warren, Pakenham Upper, Tecoma and Upwey.

A swing of 1.42% delivered La Trobe to Smyth, who secured 50.91% of the two-party-preferred vote.

Smyth, 33, is a lawyer. She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. [Read more…]


John Alexander (Lib-Bennelong) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech of John Alexander, the Liberal member for Bennelong, in the House of Representatives.

The electorate of Bennelong is an inner metropolitan seat in northern Sydney. It includes the suburbs of Epping, Ryde, Macquarie Park, Meadowbank, Melrose Park and Gladesville.

Created in 1949, Bennelong was held by Sir John Cramer (1949-74) and former Prime Minister John Howard (1974-2007). Maxine McKew won the seat for the ALP in 2007 but Alexander secured a 4.52% swing to take the seat back with 53.12% of the two-party-preferred vote.

Alexander, 59, was a professional tennis player between 1968 and 1985. Since then, he has worked as corporate event manager and sports commentator. He has been the Chair of the Player Development Committee of Tennis Australia. [Read more…]


Kennett Savages Senator Helen Kroger Over Green Preferences

Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett has savaged Liberal Senator Helen Kroger over her criticism of the party’s practice of preferencing the Greens ahead of Labor.

Kennett’s attack comes just one month before the state election. The preference debate within the Liberal Party has been gathering momentum since the August 21 federal election where Liberal preferences in Melbourne delivered the seat to the Greens.

Some Liberals argue that the party should negotiate preference agreements with the Greens on the basis that Labor is the party’s real enemy. Others claim that the Liberals should not be assisting the Greens to win seats because Green policies are fundamentally hostile to Liberal Party philosophy. [Read more…]


George Christensen (LNP-Dawson) – Maiden Speech

This is George Christensen’s maiden speech to the House of Representatives as the LNP member for Dawson.

The Queensland electorate of Dawson is based around Mackay. It includes the Whitsunday and Lindeman group of islands, and the towns of Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Home Hill and Ayr.

Christensen won the seat from the ALP’s James Bidgood, who had held it since 2007. He secured a 5.02% swing and won 52.43% of the two-party-preferred vote. He will sit with the Nationals in Canberra.

Christensen, 32, has worked as a journalist, newspaper editor, press secretary, and as a councillor for the City of Mackay and the Mackay Regional Council. [Read more…]


Dan Tehan (Lib-Wannon) – Maiden Speech

This is Dan Tehan’s maiden speech to the House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Wannon.

An electorate in south-western Victoria, Wannon is a Federation seat that includes towns such as Warrnambool, Ararat, Hamilton, Maryborough, Portland and Terang.

Tehan won 57.29% of the two-party-preferred vote. He succeeded David Hawker, who held the seat since 1983. Hawker succeeded the former prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, who held Wannon from 1955 until 1983.

Tehan, 42, worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade between 1995 and 1998. He was diplomat between 1999 and 2001, before becoming an adviser to Minister for Trade and the Deputy Prime Minister. He was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Small Business and Tourism in 2006-07. He was Deputy State Director of the Victorian Liberal Party in 2008-09. [Read more…]


Wyatt Roy (LNP-Longman) – Maiden Speech

This is Wyatt Roy’s maiden speech to the House of Representatives as the Liberal National member for Longman.

Longman, a provincial electorate in the Moreton Bay area, was created in 1996 and held by Mal Brough until he was defeated by the ALP’s Jon Sullivan in 2007. Roy defeated Sullivan with a swing of 3.79%, securing 51.92% of the two-party-preferred vote.

Roy, 20, is the youngest person ever elected to an Australian Parliament. He broke the record set by Edwin Corboy in 1918. Corboy was 22 when he won the 1918 by-election for Swan. It was the last federal election to be held using first-past-the-post voting and Corboy was defeated on preferences at the 1919 federal election.

Prior to winning Longman, Roy worked as an electorate officer to a state member of parliament. [Read more…]


Ken O’Dowd (LNP-Flynn) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech of Ken O’Dowd, the Liberal National Party member for Flynn.

O’Dowd won the Queensland seat at the 2010 federal election, defeating the ALP’s Chris Trevor, who had held the seat since it was created in 2007.

Flynn is based around Gladstone and O’Dowd will sit with the Nationals in Canberra. He secured a swing of 5.82% to win the seat with 53.58% of the two-party-preferred vote.

O’Dowd, 60, has been a self-employed business owner since 1978. He has operated a fuel distributorship, a timber and hardware business, and been a publican and company director. [Read more…]


Ross Vasta (LNP-Bonner) – Maiden Speech No. 2

This is the maiden speech by Ross Vasta, the Liberal National Party member for Bonner.

Bonner, in outer metropolitan Brisbane, was created in 2004 and won by Vasta. He lost the seat to the ALP’s Kerry Rea but defeated her at the 2010 federal election. Vasta polled 52.82% of the two-party-preferred vote and secured a swing against the ALP of 7.35%.

Vasta, 43, has qualifications in Commerce. Prior to 2004, he worked in marketing and management. Between 2007 and 2010, he was business development manager.

This is Bonner’s second maiden speech. [Read more…]