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Australasian Parliamentary Review

Autumn 2011. Vol 26, No. 1

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From the editor, Jennifer Aldred


Table of Contents


A gallows of hung parliaments: A Western Australian perspective. C.P. Shanahan SC


# 1843: The year it all began. David Clune

A hard reign: NSW public administration under Labor — 2007 to 2011. Norman Abjorensen

# The power of the New Zealand legislature to fine for breach of privilege. David Wilson

# From talking shop to party government: procedural change in the New Zealand parliament, 1854–1894. John E Martin

ASPG Conference 2010: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Perceptions of Parliament

Keynote address: Fifteen (contradictory) perceptions of parliament: five good, five bad and five ugly. John Warhurst

Parliament, public opinion and privilege

# Restoring faith in the British Parliament. Phil Larkin

Paying the police: ‘Greengate’ and parliamentary privilege. Brian Costar

# Maintaining public trust in parliaments without freedom of information — balancing the right to know with parliamentary privilege. Vicki Buchbach

Parliament, the executive and the media

Fault lines in the federal fourth estate. Helen Ester

# Media use and its effect on trust in politicians, parties and democracy. Juliet Pietsch and Aaron Martin

The tablecloth and the long bell: media perceptions of the NSW Legislative Council 1999–2009. Steven Reynolds

Parliamentary principles and performances

Ministerial responsibility: reality or myth? Judy Maddigan

# ‘Mr Speaker, I withdraw ...’: standards of (mis)behaviour in the Queensland, Western Australian and Commonwealth Parliaments compared via online Hansard. Christopher Salisbury

Promoting parliament: civic education and social media

Perceptions of parliament: the civic education factor. Harry C.J. Phillips

Social media, community engagement and perceptions of parliament: a case study from the NSW Legislative Council. Beverly Duffy and Madeleine Foley

Summary of conference proceedings. Rosemary Laing

Report for ASPG

Hung parliaments — summary of proceedings of seminar held by the Western Australia Chapter of the ASPG, November 2010. Harry C.J. Phillips

Parliamentary Chronicles

‘From the Tables’ A round-up of administrative and procedural developments in the Australasian Parliaments— October 2010 to March 2011. Robyn Smith


The Australasian Study of Parliament Group wishes to express its gratitude to the following businesses and departments for their generous support for the activities of the Group, especially publication of Australasian Parliamentary Review.

ASPG also appreciates a substantial grant from the revenues arising from publication and sale of J. R. Odgers, Australian Senate Practice, 6th edition, 1991.

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