11 September 2020
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Politics & Public
This quick guide contains the most recent
tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender
(see Tables 1 and 2). It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth and
state/territory parliaments since the last update was published on
23 April 2020.
House of Representatives
Following the resignation of Mike
Kelly (ALP, Eden-Monaro) on 30 April 2020, Kristy
McBain (ALP) won the resulting by-election on 4 July 2020.
With the election of Kristy McBain, 47 members of the House
of Representatives are women (31.1 per cent)—the highest proportion of
female members in the House to date.
On 10 August 2020 Senator Rex
Patrick (SA) resigned
from Centre Alliance to become an Independent.
Following the resignation
of Senator Richard
Di Natale (GRN, Vic.) on 26 August 2020, the resulting casual
vacancy was filled by Lidia
Thorpe (GRN), who was chosen
by the Victorian Parliament on 4 September 2020.
With the appointment of
Lidia Thorpe, the majority of senators are women for the first time in the
Senate’s history. The Senate now comprises 39 women and 37 men
(51.3 per cent female). In
September 2019 the Senate reached equal gender representation for the first
time (38 women and 38 men).
New South Wales
In the NSW Legislative Council, Shaoquett Moselmane became
an Independent following his suspension
from the ALP on 26 June 2020.
In the Victorian Legislative Council, Adem Somyurek became
an Independent after he resigned
from the ALP on 15 June 2020.
In the House of Assembly, Samuel ‘Sam’ Duluk
(Waite) became an Independent after his
suspension from the Liberal Party on 14 February 2020.
McLachlan (LIB) resigned from the SA Legislative Council on
6 February 2020 and was replaced by Nicola
Centofanti (LIB), who was sworn-in on 7 April 2020.
In the Legislative Council, John Dawkins became an
Independent after he
was expelled from the Liberal Party on 9 September 2020.
In the House of Assembly, following the resignation
of Joan Rylah (LIB, Braddon) on 27 July 2020, a recount was held
vacancy was filled by Felix Ellis (LIB) on 17 August 2020.
The figures reflect the results of the elections for the
Legislative Council divisions of Huon and Rosevears, held on
1 August 2020:
- Bastian Seidel (ALP) was elected in Huon, replacing Robert
Armstrong (IND) and
- Jo Palmer (LIB) was elected in Rosevears, replacing Kerry Finch
The figures for the Northern Territory reflect the results
of the general election held on 22 August 2020.
While there have been changes to the gender representation
by party, the overall gender composition of the Northern Territory Legislative
Assembly remains unchanged, with 13 men and 12 women
(48 per cent female).
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