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Election Nominations: Three MPs Who Blundered Their Way Out Of Parliament

Nominations for the 2016 federal election close at noon today.

On such a day, I always give a thought to some famous examples of sitting MPs who forgot to nominate in time and ended up out of parliament.

It is all but impossible for a federal candidate for a political party to fail to nominate these days. Group nominations can be submitted by the parties on behalf of individual candidates two days before the final close of nominations.

2002 – Dr. Robert Dean

DeanDean, then 50, was the Liberal shadow treasurer in Victoria. He had been the Liberal member for Berwick since 1992, Following a redistribution, he nominated in the seat of Gembrook and claimed an enrolment address in Berwick, a property he had previously rented.

The Victorian Electoral Commission ruled he was ineligible to stand because he had been struck off the roll when the Commission established he was not living at the Berwick address.

Dean, in fact, lived in Hawthorn, some considerable distance from Gembrook. [Read more…]


Victoria: State Of The Parties 1996-2002

This table shows the state of the parties in the Victorian parliament between 1996 and 2002.

The Kennett-led Coalition government won its second term in 1996. In 1999, Steve Bracks became Premier of a minority Labor government. In 2002, Bracks won the largest majority in the history of the Victorian parliament.

Victorian Parliament
Party Leg
Assembly
1996
Leg
Council
1996
Leg
Assembly
1999
Leg
Council
1999
Leg
Assembly
2002
Leg
Council
2002
ALP
29
10
42 43 44
14
62
25
Liberal
48
28
36 35
24
17
15
National
9
6
7 6
6
7
4
Independent
2
3
2
Total
88
44
88
44
88
44
Current: Majority Labor Government, first elected 1999
Premier: Steve Bracks

 


Steve Bracks: 2002 ALP State Election Policy Speech

As a new opinion poll shows his government with a commanding lead over the coalition Opposition, the Victorian Labor Premier, Steve Bracks, has delivered his party’s policy speech for the November 30 election.

Bracks promised a new women’s hospital alongside the Royal Melbourne Hospital, assistance to parents returning to the workforce, more money for outer metropolitan roads, and a 10-year plan to manage Victoria’s water resources.

Prepared text of the policy speech delivered by the Premier of Victoria, Steve Bracks, at the Kingston Town Hall in Moorabbin.

Steve Bracks, Premier of VictoriaThree years ago we put a plan before the people of Victoria.

A plan to repair our health system.

A plan to get fairness and opportunity back into education.

A plan for a safer state.

And we said that our state should grow together. [Read more…]