[LINK] Conroy re-commits to filter, slams Lundy amendments

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Wed Jun 30 12:48:38 EST 2010

On 30/06/2010, at 12:38 PM, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> Does the following mean Conroy is facing election?
> No. He's down as "continuing".

Both Richard and I are right, but he is more right than me. :) It depends on the election date, actually, and whether it's a double dissolution or not.

If it's not a DD, there would still have to be another half-Senate election before mid-2011. The government, any government, would try to avoid over-burdening the punters with elections, particularly as we have a Victorian state election late 2010 and a NSW state election in March 2011.

Labor would be particularly likely to avoid a separate Senate half-election as they may not do as well in the polls.

Any any event, if there is an election in August or September, as now seems likely, and if Conroy was not on the ballot for that election, then he would be in the first half of next year.

Antony Green, as always, has all the details of how these things interact.



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