6 thoughts on “NSW redistribution

  1. For what I estimate is the first time, the term “filibuster” has been used in an Australian political context (in the context of Const sec 57 and the deadlocks/ double dissolutions procedure):

    ‘The federal government has warned the coalition against using a filibuster to delay a vote on its emissions trading scheme (ETS). Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said debating Labor’s legislation for so long that parliament runs out of time to vote on it would only waste taxpayers’ money…’

    – “Wong warns against ETS filibuster”, Brisbane Times (6 October 2009).

    While Wong’s use of the word in Australian parlance is (AFAIK) unprecedented, the concept is quite old. Some High Court litigation arose during the Whitlam era as to the point at which Senate delay on bills (to adjourn for the holidays, refer to committee, etc) morphed into “fail[ure] to pass” under Sec 57. As Prof Colin Howard has noted, failure to pass is a non-event, and it is not easy to tell when a non-event has occurred.

  2. The last sitting MP for the Australian Democrats, David Winderlich, has just resigned from the party, leaving them with no parliamentary representation anywhere in Australia for the first time since 1977.

    A bit cheeky on Mr Winderlich’s part, IMHO, since he was not elected to office but appointed – on the basis of his party membership – to replace the vacating Sandra Kanck under South Australia’s equivalent of the Senate procedure under Sec 15 (as amended 1977) of the Federal Const. His Democrats membership card was a necessary condition precedent of his co-option to office… but not a necessary condition subsequent. Simon Jackman would share my view on this.

    [American readers, please note that Downunda it is not considered offensive or hateful to call the Australian Democrats “Democrats”. Indeed, they never ever call themselves “the Democratic Party” – perhaps to avoid confusion with the DLP. “Democrat”, it seems, is one of those words like “tramp”, “bum” and “rooting” whose rudeness quotient varies dramatically throughout the Anglosphere].

  3. ‘… The one seat that is an anomaly on these figures is Ballina, a safe National Party seat that is held by the Labor Party based on 2004 Federal figures. This anomaly has existed for over a decade. It is in part due to a high Green vote in the district that flows to Labor as preferences at Federal elections but exhausts at state elections conducted using optional preferential voting. It also measures the marginality of the local Federal seats of Page and Richmond. At the state level, Labor has held Tweed and Clarence in the last decade but has not put a serious effort into the state seat of Ballina. What this analysis of the 2004 vote reveals is the importance of the sitting member factor and the effect of strong local campaigning….’

    – Antony Green, “2011 NSW Election – What a Coalition Victory Could Look Like,” Antony Green’s ABC Election Blog (19 April 2010).

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