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  • Women in Australian parliaments

    Posted 23/07/2014 by Joy McCann
    House of Representatives Chamber
    Across Australia women continue to be significantly under-represented in parliament and executive government, comprising less than one-third of all parliamentarians and one-fifth of all ministers. The Parliamentary Library has recently published an updated research paper, Representation of women in Australian parliaments 2014. It presents the latest data on women serving in Australian vice-regal, government and parliamentary leadership positions, ministries and parliamentary committees, as wel... Read more...

    TAGS: women, 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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  • Women in Australian parliaments

    Posted 19/02/2014 by Joy McCann
    Women's suffrage time capsule at Parliament House, Adelaide. 19 February 2012
    By User:JimOwensPMP (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    A Parliamentary Library publication, Women parliamentarians in Australia 1921 ̶ 2013 written by Janet Wilson and David Black, has been updated to include women elected to federal, state and territory parliaments to 31 December 2013. Part 1 consists of tables listing all women elected to Commonwealth, State and Territory parliaments since 1921. The lists are presented in chronological order of election and include the age at which the women took their seats, their party affiliation, electoral d... Read more...

    TAGS: women, 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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  • Parliament House 25th anniversary chronology

    Posted 9/12/2013 by Joy McCann
    Image source: Wikimedia Commons
    The Parliamentary Library has recently updated its chronology of Australia’s Parliament House, first published in March 2013 to celebrate the building’s 25th anniversary as the home of the Commonwealth Parliament. The chronology presents defining events and turning points in the evolution of the building and its landscape setting, as well as a selection of milestones in the history of the Commonwealth Parliament right up to the present.Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra is the meeting plac... Read more...

    TAGS: Parliament, Parliament House

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  • Which Minister?: Answering questions during Question Time

    Posted 6/12/2013 by Sophia Fernandes
    During Question Time on 5 December 2013, the member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, asked the Treasurer, the Hon. Joe Hockey, a question. Halfway through his response to the question, Mr Hockey invited the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Warren Truss to finish the answer. The Speaker ruled that this was in order and by doing so upheld precedence.While transferring the responsibility for the answer of a question seems highly unusual, House of Representatives Practice (6th ed., p.550) states that it is e... Read more...

    TAGS: parliamentary procedure, question time, speaker

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  • Legislation and the financial initiative: what happened to the Opposition amendments to the Carbon Tax Repeal Bills?

    Posted 27/11/2013 by Sophia Fernandes
    The Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 and other related Bills passed the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013 with no amendments. While this is not an unusual occurrence, what is notable is that Opposition amendments to the package of bills were not debated during the consideration-in-detail stage.The Speaker, the Hon. Bronwyn Bishop, made a ruling prior to the commencement of the consideration-in-detail stage of the Bills, that the amendments could contravene standi... Read more...

    TAGS: carbon tax, constitution, parliamentary procedure, standing orders

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  • Electoral quotas for women: an international overview

    Posted 18/11/2013 by Joy McCann
    Dorothy Tangney DBEImage source: Wikimedia Commons courtesy Australian Freedom of Panorama
    Electoral quotas for women: an international overview, published by the Parliamentary Library, provides an overview of recent global trends in women’s political representation and the different types of gender quotas adopted. Drawing on recent international research, it explains the impact of electoral quotas, what influences their success, and the various arguments for and against their use. The paper also looks at electoral gender quotas in Australia, and describes the use of quota systems in ... Read more...

    TAGS: Parliament, women

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  • Zippers: former prime ministers leaving parliament

    Posted 14/11/2013 by Janet Wilson
    Of Australia’s 28 Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd has become only the fourth former prime minister to have lost an election or the leadership of his party and resigned from parliament shortly afterwards, bringing about a by-election.Malcolm Fraser was Prime Minister from the dismissal of the Whitlam Government on 11 November 1975 until the ALP’s victory at the March 1983 election. On election night Mr Fraser stood down as leader of the Liberal Party and resigned from Parliament on 31 March 1983, 26 ... Read more...

    TAGS: by-election, Parliament, prime ministers

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  • Time period between election date and first sitting date

    Posted 18/10/2013 by Sophia Fernandes
    It is up to the government to decide when parliamentary sittings will commence following an election, provided that the first sitting day is no later than 30 days from the date of the return of the writs. The election timetable is governed by the Constitution and the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. According to the timetable, the date of the return of the writs for the election is to be no longer than 100 days after it is issued, which is within 10 days after the election is announced. The 2013... Read more...

    TAGS: election timetable, federal election 2013, Parliament, sitting days

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