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The New Senate Numbers And The Abbott Government

As counting of the 2013 federal election winds down, the Senate election result is now clear.

There is a small chance of change in Western Australia where the Greens have asked for a recount following Scott Ludlam’s defeat.

Because of the fixed terms of the Senate, it will be another nine months before the complexion of the Senate changes. Current senators remain in place until June 30, 2014.

The current numbers are:

The Current Senate – until June 30, 2014
Party/Group No.
Coalition
34
A.L.P.
31
Greens
9
D.L.P. (Madigan)
1
Independent (Xenophon)
1
TOTAL
76

In this configuration, the Greens hold the balance of power. The Greens-ALP combination has a blocking majority. It ensures that Abbott government legislation to repeal the carbon pricing arrangements and the mining tax will most likely be rejected by the Senate.

This will be the state of the parties in the Senate after July 1, 2014:

The New Senate – from July 1, 2014
Party/Group No.
Coalition
33
A.L.P.
26
Greens
9
Palmer United Party
3
D.L.P. (Madigan)
1
Liberal Democrats (Leyonhjelm)
1
Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (Muir)
1
Family First (Day)
1
Independent (Xenophon)
1
TOTAL
76

 

In this configuration, the ALP-Greens combination becomes less important and power shifts to a collection of minor groups and independents. [Read more…]


DLP Advertisement: They Call Him Big Mac

Senator Frank McManus was leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) during the 1974 Federal Election campaign.

McManusThe Victorian senator had taken over the leadership of the DLP in 1973, after Vince Gair was forced out.

The double dissolution election was forced upon the Whitlam government after it offered Gair the position of Ambassador to Ireland.

McManus was elected to the Senate in 1955, in the aftermath of the ALP Split that year. He lost his seat in the 1963 election but regained it in the separate half-Senate election in 1964.

At the 1974 election, all five DLP senators lost their seats. The party folded a few years later.

The DLP was reformed several decades later. It briefly gained representation in the Victorian Legislative Council and Senator John Madigan was elected in 2010. Madigan left the DLP during his term and formed his own party. [Read more…]


DLP 1974 Policy Speech – Senator Frank McManus

This is a partial audio of the Democratic Labor Party’s policy speech for the 1974 federal election.

The broadcast is delivered by the party’s leader, Victorian Senator Frank McManus.

Unfortunately, the recording is incomplete. I have only just under 5 minutes of what I think was a 10-minute broadcast.

McManus lost his seat at the election, as did all the DLP’s sitting members. The DLP’s Senate representation fell from five to zero.

The DLP disappeared as a political force for the next 32 years. It won a seat in the Victorian Legislative Council in 2006, losing it in 2010. At the 2010 federal election, John Madigan won a Senate seat in Victoria.

Two days after his policy speech, a letter from McManus was published in The Australian:

DLP

 


Snedden, McMahon, Whitlam And Gair On The Campaign Trail

The 1972 Federal Election brought to an end 23 years of Liberal-Country Party government that began with Robert Menzies in 1949.

This 22-minute compilation contains radio segments broadcast on the ABC’s “PM” program on November 27, 28 & 29, 1972. [Read more…]