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  • Electing the party leader – recent events in Australia and the UK

    Posted 22/05/2015 by Deirdre McKeown

    Over the last few weeks, in Australia and the UK, political parties have been dealing with leadership changes. This FlagPost looks at the systems used by those Australian and UK political parties to install their leaders.

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    TAGS: political parties, leadership, United Kingdom

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  • It's my party

    Posted 10/04/2015 by Damon Muller

    In the last few months two sitting senators have announced that they are registering their own political parties (the Jacqui Lambie Network and John Madigan’s Manufacturing and Farming Party). Far from being an act of narcissism, doing this is implicitly encouraged by Australia’s electoral legislation.

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    TAGS: elections, politics, political parties,

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  • Big changes to Queensland’s electoral laws

    Posted 26/05/2014 by Brenton Holmes
    On 22 May 2014 the Electoral Reform Amendment Bill 2013 was passed in the Queensland Legislative Assembly, amending the Electoral Act 1992 (Qld). Changes effected by the legislation include: a deep cut to taxpayer funding to political parties for campaign and related purposes increasing the percentage of votes parties or independents must attract to receive public funding  from four per cent to six per cent raising the threshold at which donations must be declared from ... Read more...

    TAGS: electoral reform, political parties, politics

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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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  • Women in Australian Parliaments

    Posted 8/03/2012 by Joy McCann
      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 ... Read more...

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

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