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



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RESEARCH PAPER SERIES, 2015-16 UPDATED 2 OCTOBER 2015

Composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender: a quick guide Dr Joy McCann and Hannah Gobbett Politics and Public Administration Section

This Quick Guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender. It takes into account the following changes since the last party and gender tables published on 21 May 2015:

Commonwealth • Senator Christine Milne (GRN) resigned as Senator for Tasmania on 10 August 2015 and was replaced by Nick McKim (GRN) on 19 August 2015.

• The casual vacancy in the House of Representatives created with the death of Don Randall (LP) on 21 July 2015 was filled by Andrew Hastie (LP) as a result of the Canning by-election held on 19 September 2015.1

• Penny Wright (GRN) resigned as Senator for South Australia on 10 September 2015 and was replaced by Robert Simms (GRN) on 22 September 2015.

Tasmania • Kim Booth (GRN) resigned from the Tasmanian Parliament on 20 May 2015 and was replaced by Andrea Dawkins (GRN) on 9 June 2015.

• Nick McKim (GRN), who resigned from the Tasmanian Parliament on 2 August 2015 to take up his appointment as Senator for Tasmania, was replaced in the Tasmanian Parliament by Rosalie Woodruff on 17 August 2015.

Queensland • Billy Gordon (ALP) resigned from the ALP on 30 March 2015 to become an Independent.

Northern Territory • Robyn Lambley (CLP) resigned from the CLP on 17 June 2015 to become an Independent.

• The Speaker of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, Kezia Purick (CLP), resigned from the CLP on 20 July 2015 to become an Independent.

Victoria • Denis Napthine (LP) and Terry Mulder (LP) resigned from the Victorian Parliament on 3 September 2015 and the two vacancies are taken into account in this table. The by-elections for the Districts of Polwarth and South-West Coast will be held on 31 October 2015.2

1. WA Division—Canning, Virtual Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission, updated 29 September 2015, accessed 30 September 2015. Mr Hastie is expected to be sworn in on 12 October 2015. 2. Victorian Electoral Commission website, accessed 30 September 2015.

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