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Archives for March 2015

Cabinet Handbook – 2015

This is the Cabinet Handbook, 8th edition, released in March 2015. [Read more…]


Standing Orders – House of Representatives

This is the latest updated edition of the House of Representatives Standing Orders.

The PDF below can be resized and downloaded.

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In Aftermath Of Leadership Ballot, A Message From The Prime Minister

A month after the failed attempt to spill the Liberal Party leadership, Tony Abbott has released “a message from the Prime Minister”.

The statement came on the 18-month anniversary of the coalition’s 2013 federal election victory.

Abbott repeats his standard lines about stopping the boats and repealing the carbon and mining taxes. “And we’ve listened to you,” he says, citing the withdrawal of the Medicare co-payment and a pay rise for the defence forces.

The spill motion on February 9 was defeated by 61 votes to 39. The size of the affirmative vote is widely seen as highlighting the danger Abbott’s leadership is in. After the vote, Abbott said: “Good government starts today.”

This is the statement: [Read more…]


Senator Ricky Muir (AMEP-Vic) – Maiden Speech

Eight months after taking office, Senator Ricky Muir has delivered his maiden speech.

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Muir was elected as a representative of the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party in Victoria at the 2013 federal election. His term began on July 1, 2014 and will expire on June 30, 2019.

Whilst Muir has spoken on numerous occasions, this is his official maiden speech. After a shaky start with some awkward media appearances, the speech is an interesting and self-deprecating contribution. [Read more…]


Preferential Voting In Action: Denison 2010

The Tasmanian electorate of Denison at the 2010 Federal Election is an interesting case study of preferential voting in action.

The seat had been held by the ALP since 1987, although the sitting member, Duncan Kerr, retired at the election. The Labor, Liberal and Greens candidates were joined by a candidate from the Socialist Alliance and an independent, Andrew Wilkie.

The image below shows that Wilkie came third on primary votes, behind the Labor and Liberal candidates. The Greens were in fourth place and the Socialist Alliance in fifth. No candidate had an absolute majority of 50% + 1. This meant that preferences had to be distributed until someone secured 50% + 1.

Because she had the lowest number of votes, the Socialist Alliance candidate was excluded first. The allocation of her preferences did not change the order: the ALP still led, the Liberals were second and Wilkie remained in third place. [Read more…]