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  • Could people stripped of their Australian citizenship be immediately removed from Australia?

    Posted 12/08/2015 by Elibritt Karlsen
    The desired outcome of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 is ‘to ensure the safety and security of Australia and its people and to ensure the community of Australian citizens is limited to those who continue to retain an allegiance to Australia’. But is automatic loss of citizenship necessarily the end of the line for those in Australia who are deemed to have repudiated their allegiance to Australia and will they thus be put on the next plane out... Read more...

    TAGS: citizenship, Parliament, immigration

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  • Resignations of Speakers

    Posted 4/08/2015 by Nicholas Horne
    House of Representatives chamber
    The resignation of the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP as Speaker of the House of Representatives on 2 August 2015 is the ninth resignation of a Speaker since 1901, and the third such resignation since 2011. There have been 31 Speakers since Federation. The election of a new Speaker by the House of Representatives when Parliament resumes on 10 August 2015 will take the total to 32. Section 35 of the Australian Constitution provides that the House of Representatives must choose a member to be Speaker ... Read more...

    TAGS: Speaker; House of Representatives; Parliament

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  • Cancellation of Australian citizenship built on shaky foundations?

    Posted 21/07/2015 by Elibritt Karlsen
    Whether dual nationals or citizens who engage in terrorist activity should be stripped of their Australian citizenship is unlikely to be the focus of extensive discussion when Parliament resumes after its winter recess. That is because both sides of politics appear to broadly agree that they should. Rather, it is the breadth and mechanics of the three new cessation provisions (automatically triggered when a person either engages in prescribed conduct, serves or fights for a terrorist organisatio... Read more...

    TAGS: citizenship, Parliament, immigration

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  • First time former opposing state/territory leaders in the same chamber

    Posted 17/06/2015 by Simon Speldewinde
    Senate chamber
    Gallagher’s appointment marks the first time since Federation (despite the numerous State and Territory politicians who have moved into federal politics over time) that a Premier or Chief Minister has faced their former adversary—the opposition leader during their time in office—in the same Chamber during the same Parliament. Read more...

    TAGS: Parliament, Senate, ACT

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  • United Kingdom 2015 Election: some Australian comparisons

    Posted 13/05/2015 by Rob Lundie

    At the 2013 federal election, Australia returned from a ‘hung’ parliament to the historically more usual situation whereby either Labor or the Coalition holds an absolute majority of seats in the House of Representatives. The United Kingdom general election on 7 May 2015 also saw a move from a ‘hung’ parliament, where the Conservatives were in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, to one where the Conservatives will be able to govern in their own right—the first outright majority for the Conservatives since 1992.


    TAGS: elections, election results, Parliament, United Kingdom, UK Parliament

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  • International Women's Day 2015

    Posted 6/03/2015 by Hannah Gobbett
    Portrait of Vida Goldstein
    Image in collection of National Library of Australia : sourceWikimedia Commons
    With the theme ‘Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!’, International Women’s Day 2015 was celebrated internationally on 8 March with thousands of events to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. This Flagpost documents the current state of play of female participation in Australian state and federal politics, and how Australia compares internationally. According to Australian Parliamentary Library data (as of February 2015) Austral... Read more...

    TAGS: 44th Parliament, women, Parliament, 2015, International Women's Day

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  • Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance

    Posted 19/12/2014 by Jaan Murphy

    In October, the Senate referred an inquiry into corporate tax avoidance (the Inquiry) to the Senate Economic References Committee (the Committee).  The Inquiry will examine tax avoidance and aggressive minimisation by multinational companies operating in Australia.  Public submissions close on 2 February 2015, and the Committee will report in June 2015.


    TAGS: Taxation, OECD, EU, UK Parliament

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  • Use of social media by MPs in the Chamber

    Posted 24/09/2014 by Brenton Holmes
    Inside Parliament House, Canberra

    On 12 March 2013, the then Manager of Opposition Business (Christopher Pyne MP) asked Speaker Anna Burke to make a ruling on a tweet by Member for Bendigo, Steve Gibbons during question time, asking for the Member to withdraw. Mr Gibbons had tweeted:

    @SteveGibbonsMP ‘Looks like @tonyabbottmhr has contracted out his nasty side to interjectors in the public gallery. A new low even for the Libs!’.

    Mr Gibbons had tweeted this after two people had been ejected from the public gallery in succession, for interjecting during Question Time.

    The following day Speaker Anna Burke responded, stating that it was outside her role and responsibilities to monitor private communications or the use of social media ‘when it is thought that they have come from the chamber’.




    TAGS: social media, Members of Parliament

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  • Can the Government bypass the Parliament over the GP co-payment?

    Posted 18/07/2014 by Amanda Biggs
    Senate chamber
    Recently, ABC news online reported that based on advice provided to the Greens from the Parliamentary Library, the Government could bypass the Senate to introduce elements of its GP co-payment proposal. The news story goes on to suggest that the Government could use its regulatory powers to implement at least one element of the proposal—a $5 reduction in the Medicare rebate paid to doctors—without the need for legislation. This Flagpost explains how this might occur. The Medicare re... Read more...

    TAGS: Medicare, federal budget, Parliament

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  • 'That's it, you're out': disorderly conduct in the House of Representatives

    Posted 12/12/2013 by Rob Lundie
    On Wednesday 11 December 2013, 10 Labor MPs were ordered to withdraw from the House of Representatives for one hour ('sin binned') by the Speaker, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop. Seven of these were during Question Time, two during a motion to suspend standing orders which occurred at the end of this period and one during a ministerial statement later in the evening. Each 'sin binning' occurred during questions and debate about the automotive industry.As many as this may seem, it is not the most number ... Read more...

    TAGS: disorderly conduct, Parliament, parliamentary procedure

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