Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
The consequences of an early election in 1982



Download PDFDownload PDF

P R E S S R E L E A S E THE SENATE

o

No. 82/93

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Released b y : Mr David Campbell Principal Private Secretary Office of Senator Chipp

THE CONSEQUENCES OF AN EARLY ELECTION IN 1982

An early election in 1982 will most likely result

in another early election in 1984 . .

This would mean that Parliament's term Would have ■ ' ' ■ j f ; -

been effectively reduced to 2 years by the Liberal Party

- when their Federal Council has twice passed resolutions

for a four year term.

How would this occur? .

For argument's sake, assume a double dissolution before

the end of 1982.

Under S.13 of the Constitution, the 64 Senators elected

at that election would be divided into short-term and

long-term Senators, with terms ending on June 30, 1985

and June 30 , 1988 , because their terms are calculated from

July of the year of election.

To re-elect those*^whose term ended in June 1985, an

election would have to be held in either late 1984 or

M a y , 1985 with the former date being the obvious favourite.

s .

The result would then mean not only an early election

this year, but also one in 1984.

2 .

There are a couple of alternatives to this :-

(a) Separate Senate election in late 1984 followed by

a House of Representatives election in late 1985.

However, this is unlikely given Mr Fraser's desire

for synchronisation of elections, (the reason why

both Senate and House of Representatives went to the

polls in 1977). .

(b) A joint election in approximately May 1985. Winter

elections are not favoured, and even if it was held

it would still be over 6 months early.

To have an early election in 1982 would continue .

the sequence of short term parliaments, at a·time

when economic recession demands the/government tackle

economic problems without the pork barrelling influence

of an election campaign.

For further information contact David Campbell 72 7175.

. *

CANBERRA 17 August 1982