Composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender: a quick guide

Updated 19 December 2017

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Composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender:  a quick guide

Anna Hough
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, state and territory parliaments since the last update was published on 16 May 2017.

Commonwealth

In the Senate:

  • Slade Brockman (LP, WA) filled the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Chris Back.
  • Jordon Steele-John (GRN, WA) replaced Scott Ludlam, whose election was declared void by the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns.
  • Andrew Bartlett (GRN, Qld) replaced Larissa Waters, whose election was declared void by the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns.
  • Fraser Anning (PHON, Qld) replaced Malcolm Roberts, whose election was declared void by the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns.
  • Rex Patrick (NXT, SA) filled the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Nick Xenophon.
  • The figures include four vacancies after the election of Fiona Nash (NATS, NSW) was declared void by the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns and following the resignations of Stephen Parry (LP, Tas.), Jacqui Lambie (JLN, Tas.), and Skye Kakoschke-Moore (NXT, SA).
  • Sam Dastyari (ALP, NSW) announced on 12 December 2017 that he would be resigning from the Senate. As at the date of publication, Senator Dastyari was yet to formally resign.

New South Wales

In the Legislative Assembly, Glenn Brookes returned to the LP after temporarily sitting as an independent. Following by-elections on 14 October 2017:

  • Stephen Bali (ALP) became the Member for Blacktown, replacing John Robertson (ALP)
  • Steph Cooke (NATS) became the Member for Cootamundra, replacing Katrina Hodgkinson (NATS) and
  • Austin Evans (NATS) became the Member for Murray, replacing Adrian Piccoli (NATS).

In the Legislative Council:

  • Wes Fang (NATS) filled the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Duncan Gay and
  • Natalie Ward (LP) filled the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Greg Pearce.

Victoria

In the Legislative Assembly:

  • Following the death of Fiona Richardson (ALP) on 23 August 2017, a by-election was held on 18 November 2017 in the seat of Northcote, which was won by Lidia Thorpe (GRN).
  • Russell Northe (Morwell) resigned from The Nationals to sit as an independent.

In the Legislative Council:

  • The vacancy created by the resignation of Steve Herbert (ALP, Northern Victoria) was filled by Mark Gepp.
  • The vacancy created by the retirement of Greg Barber (GRN, Northern Metropolitan) was filled by Samantha Ratnam.
  • Rachel Carling-Jenkins (Western Metropolitan) resigned from the Democratic Labour Party to sit as a member of the Australian Conservatives.

Queensland

  • The figures have been updated following the general election held on 25 November 2017.

Western Australia

  • Barry Urban (Darling Range) resigned from the ALP to sit as an independent.

South Australia

  • In the House of Assembly, Troy Bell (Mount Gambier) resigned from the LP to sit as an independent.
  • In the Legislative Council, John Darley resigned from the NXT and has established a new party named Advance SA (ASA).

Tasmania

  • In the Legislative Council, following the resignation of Vanessa Goodwin (LP, Pembroke), a by-election was held on 4 November 2017 at which Jo Siejka (ALP) was elected.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Following the death of Steve Doszpot (LP, Kurrajong) on 25 November 2017, the resulting vacancy will be filled by Candice Burch (LP) as a result of a countback of votes cast at the 2016 ACT election. Ms Burch is expected to be sworn in when the Legislative Assembly sits again in February 2018.

 

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