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Archives for September 2015

Current Federal Parliamentary Leaders

Each political party represented in the Federal Parliament elects leaders in each house.

Just as the government is decided in the House of Representatives, so the parties elect their leaders and deputy leaders from amongst their representatives in the House. If the party is not represented in the lower house, its leader will be chosen from amongst its members in the Senate.

These tables are correct as of September 21, 2015. They take account of the change of prime minister on September 15 and consequent changes. [Read more…]


First Turnbull Ministry Announced; More Women Into Cabinet, Abbott Supporters Axed

Malcolm Turnbull has announced the composition of his ministry, five days after being sworn in as prime minister.

As expected, Joe Hockey has been replaced as Treasurer by Scott Morrison. Hockey is expected to be appointed Ambassador to the United States, replacing former Labor leader Kim Beazley in the new year.

Five women will be in the Cabinet, an increase of three. Senator Maris Payne becomes Defence Minister, whilst Senator Michaelia Cash will be the Minister for Women. They will be joined by Kelly O’Dwyer as Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Small Business.

Turnbull has sacked a number of Abbott supporters. The most prominent casualties are Defence Minister Kevin Andrews and the Senate leader and Workplace Relations Minister Eric Abetz.

Small Business Minister Bruce Billson has been left out of the ministry, as has Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane. The Special Minister of State, Senator Michael Ronaldson, has also been dropped.

This is the official list of ministers released by the Prime Minister’s office:

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How Does The Electoral Act Define Informal Votes?

The rules for formal and informal votes in the House of Representatives are specified in Section 268 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act.

Section 268 is shown below. It is also available on AUSTLII.

The rules for formal and informal votes in the Senate are outlined in Section 239 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act. [Read more…]


Ballot Paper Formality Guidelines – AEC

This is the latest edition of the Australian Electoral Commission’s booklet on informal votes.

It is the official and most authoritative guide to formal and informal voting. [Read more…]


Malcolm Turnbull’s Press Conference Announcing His Challenge To Tony Abbott

4.15pm – Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he has resigned from the Abbott ministry and will challenge the Prime Minister for the leadership of the Liberal Party.

Turnbull approached Abbott shortly after Question Time and informed him of his challenge. Abbott has made no public statement yet.

Turnbull held a media conference in the grounds of Parliament House. He said Abbott had failed to provide economic leadership and the government had been behind in 30 Newspolls in a row. [Read more…]