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  • New rules for media-related activity in Parliament House and its precincts

    Posted 5/12/2012 by Nicholas Horne
    Image source: Wikimedia Commons
    On 28 November 2012 the Presiding Officers issued new rules for media-related activity in Parliament House and its precincts. The rules will come into effect with the commencement of the 2013 parliamentary sittings on 5 February 2013 replacing the previous rules and guidelines on filming and photography (issued December 2008). The rules will apply to all occupants of Parliament House and visitors to the building and its precincts.The rules are issued under the Parliamentary Precincts Act 1988 (C... Read more...

    TAGS: 43rd Parliament, codes of conduct, Parliament

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  • Women in Australian Parliaments

    Posted 8/03/2012 by Joy McCann
    
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     A new Background Note, Representation of Women in Australian Parliaments, published by the Parliamentary Library to coincide with International Women's Day, reveals that there are currently more women parliamentarians in the Senate than at any other time since Federation. However, despite occupying several high-profile roles, women are still significantly under-represented in Australian parliaments, comprising less than one-third of all parliamentarians and occupying less than one-quarter of ... Read more...

    TAGS: 43rd Parliament, elections, International Women's Day, political parties preselection, women

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  • Casual vacancies in the Senate

    Posted 5/03/2012 by Janet Wilson
    On 27 February Labor Senator Mark Arbib announced his intention to resign from the Ministry and the Senate. His resignation from the Ministry took effect from 2 March, and he resigned from the Senate on 5 March. This FlagPost lists recent casual vacancies and describes the steps for filling them.The most recent Senate casual vacancy followed the resignation of Senator Helen Coonan on 22 August 2011. At a joint sitting of the two Houses of the Legislature of New South Wales held on 13 October 201... Read more...

    TAGS: 43rd Parliament, ALP, Parliament, Senate

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  • MPs moving straight into the Ministry

    Posted 2/03/2012 by Martin Lumb
    On 2 March 2012, the Prime Minister the Hon. Julia Gillard announced Bob Carr would join the Senate and take on the role of Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr Carr becomes one of only eight Ministers moving straight into ministry on commencement in the Commonwealth Parliament. In two cases the new minister had no parliamentary experience at all; in the six other cases the appointee had prior parliamentary and ministerial experience in a State Parliament.Ministers with no previous parliamentary exp... Read more...

    TAGS: 43rd Parliament, ministries, Parliament

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  • The Australian Greens 2008-2011

    Posted 8/02/2012 by Joy McCann
    Image source: The GreensThe Parliamentary Library has recently published a research paper which examines the electoral fortunes and parliamentary activities of the Australian Greens from 2008 to the end of the first year of the 43rd Commonwealth Parliament in 2011. The paper updates and expands on an earlier paper, The rise of the Australian Greens, published by the Library in 2008. It presents a brief introduction to the structure, ideological underpinnings and policies of the Australian Greens... Read more...

    TAGS: 43rd Parliament, ALP, Australia Greens, Hung Parliament, politics

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  • A Handbook for the 43rd Parliament

    Posted 1/11/2011 by Martin Lumb
    The Parliamentary Library recently published the 2011 edition of the Parliamentary Handbook. The Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the 43rd Parliament. The biographical section includes details of the parliamentary service and political career of each Senator and Member, as well as some personal particulars. The Handbook also provides statistics on the age, length of service, qualifications and previous occupations of the current Parliament, together with data on the 2010 elections as well as... Read more...

    TAGS: 43rd Parliament, federal election 2010, politics, Senators and Members

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  • The hung Parliament: the first year

    Posted 12/10/2011 by Janet Wilson
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    On 7 September 2010 an agreement was formulated between the ALP, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor which, together with other agreements, gave the Labor Party the support it needed to form a minority government. A major component of the agreement with Mr Oakeshott and Mr Windsor was an annex, Agreement for a Better Parliament: Parliamentary Reform, which was negotiated by the ALP, the Coalition and the independents. The Agreement for a Better Parliament identified a range of changes to House of... Read more...

    TAGS: 43rd Parliament, Hung Parliament

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