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  • Electing the party leader

    Posted 1/10/2013 by Deirdre McKeown
    On 8 July 2013, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced proposed changes to the way in which the Australian Labor Party elects its leader. The changes included votes by the party membership and votes by the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party (FPLP), weighted at 50% each, and processes for when and how a leader can be challenged and the amount of Caucus support needed to mount a challenge to the leader. The special meeting of Caucus on 22 July 2013 endorsed the proposals but agreed that a petiti... Read more...

    TAGS: ALP, elections, leadership, political parties

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  • Melbourne by-election results for the Greens

    Posted 2/08/2012 by Joy McCann
    Collins Street, Melbourne CBDImage source: Wikimedia Commons
    A by-election was conducted for the Victorian state electorate of Melbourne on Saturday 21 July 2012. Vote-counting and rechecking has now been completed, with the ALP emerging as the winning party with 51.51 per cent of votes after distribution of preferences.  The Melbourne District takes in the CBD, Docklands, East Melbourne, Carlton, North Melbourne, Flemington, Kensington and parts of Ascot Vale. According to the 2011 Census data, the population of the Melbourne electorate is generally youn... Read more...

    TAGS: ALP, Australia Greens, by-election, federal election 2010, voting

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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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  • ALP Leadership

    Posted 23/02/2012 by Janet Wilson
    On 23 February 2012 Prime Minister Gillard announced that there would be a special meeting of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party on Monday 27 February at 10am, to conduct a ballot to decide the leadership of the Party. The following table provides details of Federal Parliamentary Labor Party leadership changes and challenges since 1982: DateChange or challengeVotes16 July1982Hawke challenged Hayden unsuccessfullyHayden 42; Hawke 373 February1983Hawke became leader without a ballot-3 June1991K... Read more...

    TAGS: ALP, leadership, 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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