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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
and state/territory parliaments since the last published update on
15 January 2019.
The figures reflect the results of the election held on 18 May.
- The proportion of women in the
Commonwealth parliament is now 36.6 per cent, an increase of 4.3 per cent since
the commencement of the previous parliament on 30 August 2016. This
represents the largest single increase in the proportion of women from one
parliament to another since 1996.
- The proportion of women in the
Senate has increased to 48.7 per cent from 39.5 per cent at the
commencement of the previous parliament, an increase of 9.2 per cent. The
proportion of women in the House of Representatives has increased to 30.5 per
cent from 28.7 per cent at the commencement of the previous parliament, an
increase of 1.8 per cent.
In the Senate, Cory
Bernardi (SA) is sitting as an independent following his decision to deregister
the Australian Conservatives party. The party was officially deregistered
on 28 June.
New South Wales
The figures reflect the results of the election held on 23
The figures include a vacancy in the Legislative Council
following the resignation
of Philip Dalidakis (ALP, Southern Metropolitan) on 17 June.
Jason Costigan (Whitsunday) is sitting as an independent
following his expulsion
from the Liberal National Party on 1 February.
Legislative Council, Charles Smith (East Metropolitan) announced on 12 June that he had
resigned from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and would sit as an independent.
Following the retirements of Jay Weatherill (ALP, Cheltenham) and John
Rau (ALP, Enfield), both on 17 December 2018, by-elections were held on 9
February. In Cheltenham, the
successful candidate was Joe Szakacs (ALP) while in Enfield the
successful candidate was Andrea Michaels (ALP).
In the Legislative Council:
Elections for the Legislative Council divisions of
Montgomery, Nelson and Pembroke were held on 4 May 2019. Leonie Hiscutt (LIB)
in Montgomery, Meg Webb (IND) was elected
in Nelson, and Jo Siejka (ALP) was elected
In the House of Assembly:
Jeffrey Collins (Fong Lim) announced
on 8 February that he had resigned from the ALP and would sit as an
independent. On 19 February, Scott McConnell (Stuart) also announced
that he had resigned from the ALP and would sit as an independent.
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