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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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  • 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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