A redistribution of electoral divisions in the Australian Capital Territory was required, as the number of members of the House of Representatives that is to be chosen for the ACT at the next general election has increased from two to three.
This research paper updates an earlier Parliamentary Library publication and details the 151 by-elections for the House of Representatives held to date, including some of the factors involved in their being held. It also discusses relevant factors such as the timing of by-elections, the number...
This consultation paper provides information on the process for preparing the post-election report, including the requirements placed on the PBO and designated Parliamentary parties by the Parliamentary Service Act 1999, and the factors that will need to be considered before allowing non-designated Parliamentary parties to...
This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender. It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth, state and territory parliaments since the last update was published on 14 December 2017.
This research paper outlines the recent history of Senate electoral reform in federal elections, including examining the reasons for the most recent changes to the Senate voting system.
This discussion paper is based upon a national poll, conducted in April and May 2017, to assess levels of direct engagement between Australians and their parliamentarians, and opinions on whether the number of federal parliamentarians should be increased or decreased.
This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender.
This report examines the conduct of the Federal Communications Minister, Mitch Fifield, and whether he conformed to the Principles of the Ministerial Code of Conduct, in relation to his knowledge of former Senator, Stephen Parry's dual-citizenship status.
It is time to accept that Section 44 of the Australian Constitution is irretrievably broken. In its current form, it is creating chaos that is consuming our politicians, argues Joe McIntyre.
Senator Ryan was elected Senate President yesterday after quitting Cabinet.
This guide focuses on federal electoral boundary redistributions and the process involved.
Instead of telling the Senate President, Stephen Parry, that he should be transparent, for the sake of the integrity of both the government and the parliament, senior Turnbull Government members allegedly encouraged him to 'wait and see.' This can only reinforce the Australian public’s deep...
The Australian Parliamentary Library has compiled some statistics on the voting records of the minor parties and Independent MPs in both Houses during the first year of the 45th Parliament.
George Williams is Dean of Law at the University of New South Wales. This is the full text of his address to the National Press Club on 30 August 2017.
The citizenship debacle engulfing the Nationals, and in turn the Coalition government, has as much to do with trust and integrity as it does with the constitution. Being consistent is important in business and in government.
The relevance of Section 44 of the Australian Constitution has again been questioned. Despite the Prime Minister’s constitutionally inappropriate foretelling of the outcome, the High Court’s decision is far from predictable.
This paper assesses the effectiveness of the Australian Parliament and its supporting agencies in conducting oversight of major defence procurements in comparison with other nations, using the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) procurement as a case study.