At-a-glance: Australia's minority governments

Minority governments are nothing new in Australian state politics. Here is a brief overview of previous Australian minority governments.

Minority governments are nothing new for Australian state politics. Here is a brief overview of previous Australian minority governments.



Federal
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1940-41 Sir Robert Menzies forms conservative minority government with two Victorian MPs, which collapses after he's forced to resign and independents vote no confidence in the government.

States and Territories

Tasmania

1989-90 ALP forms government with five Greens, combining to throw out the incumbent Liberal Party through a no-confidence vote.

1996-98 Liberals under Tony Rundle form minority government with Greens' support.

2010 - onwards. Labor under David Bartlett forms minority government with Greens' support.

NSW

1991-95 Coalition forms minority government with support of independents, including Tony Windsor, who in 2010 is set to be one of those brokering a federal minority government.

Queensland

1996-98 Nationals' Borbidge minority government forms with support of one independent. After a first term plagued by scandal and a One Nation preferencing controversy, the government is ousted in 1998.

1998-2001 Labor takes power from Borbidge government with its own minority government under Peter Beattie, with the support of one independent.

ACT

1998-2001 Liberals form minority government with support of independent Michael Moore, who is made a cabinet minister.

2008-onwards Labor's Stanhope government retains power, forming a minority government relying on Greens' support.

Victoria

1999-2002 Labor Party under Steve Bracks takes power from coalition Kennett government, with the support of three independents.

South Australia

1989-1993 Labor Party forms minority government with two "Independent Labor" members, but loses power to Liberals in 1993.

1997-2002 After a swing against it, the Liberal Party retains power forming minority government, with support of one National MP and two independents.

2002-06 Labor Party under Mike Rann forms minority government with independent Peter Lewis, who is made Speaker of the House.

Western Australia

2008 - onwards. Under Colin Barnett, the Liberal Party forms minority government with support of four National MPs and independent, Elizabeth Constable, who is made a minister and with loose support from two other independents.

Northern Territory

2009 - onwards. Labor signs Parliamentary Agreement with independent Gerry Wood to form a minority government. Mr Wood cites "stability of government" as his motivation for signing.




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Published 23 August 2010 at 7:25am
Source: AAP