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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.


    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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  • U.S. Presidential election results and the changing nature of political communication

    Posted 21/11/2012 by Sophia Fernandes
    Despite predictions of a down-to-the-wire election, the US presidential election on 6 November 2012 provided incumbent President Barack Obama (Dem) with a definitive win both in Electoral College votes and the National Popular Vote. When Associated Press called Florida, the last state to be finalised, for President Obama, it gave him the overwhelming lead of 332 Electoral College votes, well in advance of the 270 votes needed to win and of Governor Romney’s (Rep) 206 votes. A Democrat win was i... Read more...

    TAGS: elections, social media, US politics, US presidential election

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  • Disclosing the political dollars: US and Australia

    Posted 13/02/2012 by Brenton Holmes
    On 1 February 2012, the Australian Electoral Commission released the 2010-11 annual financial disclosure returns from political parties, associated entities, donors and third parties who incur political expenditure. The combined receipts totalled almost $231 million. Not all of this came from donations. The annual returns from donors totalled around $25 million—but only donations above the threshold of $11 500 have to be declared.Clearly, modern party politics involves substantial sums of money.... Read more...

    TAGS: political financing, US politics

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  • The Australian Greens 2008-2011

    Posted 8/02/2012 by Joy McCann
    The 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, and includes a brief h... 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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  • Pre-selecting candidates using US-style ‘primaries’

    Posted 18/07/2011 by Brenton Holmes
    At its recent State Conference the NSW Branch of the ALP decided to trial US-style primaries for preselections. Primaries are candidate preselection processes that tend to involve more people than just, say, party delegates, officials or financial members of parties. The NSW trial process—in five electorates—would give members of the community a 50 per cent say in the selection of the candidates. Similar initiatives had been recommended at national level by the authors of the ALP Review (Steve B... Read more...

    TAGS: politics, preselection

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  • A quick guide to plebiscites in Australia

    Posted 30/06/2011 by Brenton Holmes
    When Opposition Leader Tony Abbott proposed a plebiscite to test Australians’ support for a carbon tax, the proposal was variously described in the media as ‘junk politics’, a ‘stunt’, a ‘serious misjudgement’ and ‘an expensive, bad idea’. But what exactly is a plebiscite?In Australia, a national plebiscite has quite a distinctive meaning. A plebiscite is a vote by citizens on a matter of national significance, but one which does not affect the Constitution. Moreover, plebiscites are normally ad... Read more...

    TAGS: plebiscites, politics, referendum

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  • Time in Government since Federation

    Posted 15/04/2011 by Rob Lundie
    On Monday 28 March 2011 Barry O’Farrell was sworn in as Premier of New South Wales thus ending the Labor Party’s 16-year period in office. The Liberal/National Coalition’s win in NSW brings to three the current number of non-Labor governments in Australia’s nine federal, state and territory jurisdictions (Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales). This is the first time since Federation that these three states have been under Coalition control while Labor is in power in the other six juri... Read more...

    TAGS: elections, Parliament, politics

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  • Early election

    Posted 26/08/2010 by Nicholas Horne
    The House of Representatives that is emerging from the 2010 election, and the fact that the next government will be a minority government, raises the spectre of the electorate going to the polls well before the next federal election would otherwise be expected. If an election takes place prior to mid-2013 it will only be for the House of Representatives and the territory senators; the rest of the Senate will not be in play unless there is a double dissolution.It has been reported that both the P... Read more...

    TAGS: elections, federal election 2010, Parliament, politics

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