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Politics and Public Administration
This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the
composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender (see Table 1 and Table 2). It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth parliament
and the parliaments of Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, South
Australia and Tasmania since the last update was published on 20 February
In the Senate, Peter Georgiou (PHON, WA) replaces Rod Culleton
(Ind., WA), whose election was declared void by the High Court sitting as the
Court of Disputed returns. Senator Georgiou was sworn in on
27 March 2017.
Senator Lucy Gichuhi (Ind., SA) replaces Bob Day (Family First
Party, SA) following Day’s resignation in November 2016. In late April 2017 the
Family First Party merged with the Australian Conservatives (with the combined
party to be called the Australian Conservatives). Senator Gichuhi, who was
sworn in on 9 May 2017, has opted not to join the merged party.
The figures for Western Australia reflect the results of the
state general election held on 11 March 2017. New members of the
Legislative Council elected on that date are included in the figures, and will
take their seats on 22 May 2017.
New South Wales
In New South Wales, following three by-elections on 8 April 2017:
Tesch (ALP) became the Member for Gosford, replacing Kathy Smith (ALP)
Griffin (LP) became the Member for Manly, replacing Mike Baird (LP) and
Wilson (LP) became the Member for North Shore, replacing Jillian Skinner (LP).
Don Nardella (ALP, Melton) resigned from the Labor Party to sit
as an Independent.
The figures for Victoria include one vacancy in the Legislative
Council following the resignation of Steve Herbert (ALP, Northern
Frances Bedford (ALP, Florey) resigned from the Labor Party to
sit as an Independent.
Duncan McFetridge (LP, Morphett) resigned from the Liberal Party
to sit as an Independent.
Following the merging of the Family First Party and the
Australian Conservatives, two Members of the Legislative Council who previously
represented Family First—Robert Brokenshire and Dennis Hood—now represent the Australian
Following Tasmanian Legislative Council elections on 6 May 2017:
Armitage (Ind., Launceston) and Ruth Forrest (Ind., Murchison) were both
Lovell (ALP) defeated Tony Mulder (Ind.) in Rumney.
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