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



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RESEARCH PAPER SERIES, 2014-15 UPDATED 22 MAY 2015

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

This Quick Guide contains the most recent table showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender. It takes into account the following changes since the last party and gender table published on 26 February 2015:

Commonwealth • Senator Katy Gallagher (ALP) was chosen by the ACT Legislative Assembly on 25 March 2015 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Senator Kate Lundy (ALP).

• Two Senate vacancies created by the resignation of John Faulkner (ALP, NSW) on 6 February 2015, and Brett Mason (LP, Queensland) on 15 April 2015, were filled by Jennifer McCallister (ALP, NSW) on 6 May 2015 and Joanna Lindgren (LP, Queensland) on 21 May 2015 respectively.

• In the Senate Glenn Lazarus resigned from Palmer United Party (PUP) to become an Independent on 12 March 2015.

• The Nick Xenophon Group (NXG) has been replaced a new political party called the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT).

New South Wales • The NSW state election on 28 March 2015 resulted in an increase of 8 women in the Legislative Assembly since 26 February 2015 (from 21.5 per cent to 30.1 per cent) and a decrease, by three, in the number of women in the Legislative Council (from 31 per cent to 23.8 per cent). Two vacancies in the NSW Legislative

Council as a result of the resignations of Penny Sharpe (ALP) and Steve Whan (ALP) to contest the Legislative Assembly state election were filled on 6 May 2015 by Penny Sharpe (ALP) and Daniel Mookhey (ALP).

Western Australia • Ljiljanna Ravlich (ALP) resigned from the WA Legislative Council on 1 April 2015 and was replaced by Martin Pritchard (ALP) on 5 May 2015.

Victoria • Danny O’Brien (NATS) resigned from the Victorian Legislative Council on 2 February 2015 and was replaced by Melina Bath (NATS) on 16 April 2015.

South Australia • In the SA Parliament Martin Hamilton-Smith MLA resigned from the LP to become an Independent on 27 May 2014, 6 weeks after the election. He was appointed Minister for Investment and Trade in the Weatherill Labor Government on the same day.

Please note that the data in this table is updated periodically as changes occur.

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