A Statistical Analysis Of Question Time

The tabling of a government report into the supposed throwing overboard of children from the Tampa was the dominant issue in Question Time in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

The Prime Minister, John Howard, tabled the report which argued that the government had been misled about the incidient which featured prominently in last year’s election campaign.

The first Questions Without Notice for the 40th Parliament followed the official opening of the Parliament the day before. [Read more…]

Anderson And Vaile Elected National Party Leaders

John Anderson8.40am – John Anderson has been elected leader of the National Party at a party room meeting held in Canberra.

His deputy will be Mark Vaile.

Anderson defeated Ian Causley, member for Page, in a two-way ballot. Causley is a former NSW State Minister.

Anderson is the member for Gwydir in New South Wales. He was first elected to the Federal Parliament in 1989 to replace National Party stalwart, Ralph Hunt.

Mark Vaile has been the member for the New South Wales electorate of Lyne since 1993.