The Liberal Party of Australia and the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) finally cast off their joint fiction that IPA is a genuinely independent think tank, when one of its members was pre-selected to stand on a Liberal Party ticket in the upcoming federal election and another was parachuted into a quickly devised Senate vacancy as Michael Ronaldson's scheduled retirement was brought forward.
Former IPA Director of Climate Change Policy and former
Human Rights 'Commissioner for Martinis', Tim Wilson, is standing in the Goldstein electorate (Vic) hoping for a seat in the House of Representatives.
Goldstein is a seat which has been held by the Liberal Party since its creation in 1984.
Former IPA Deputy Executive Director and former staffer of then Senator Mitch Fifield, James Paterson, has been a Senator for Victoria since 9 March 2016 making his first parliamentary speech on 16 March.
He was swiftly positioned on the following committees:
The press gallery president, Fairfax photographer Andrew Meares, has written to the president of the Senate, Stephen Parry, asking him to investigate the encounter, in which the phone of a BuzzFeed journalist, Alice Workman, was searched after she tweeted about Labor senator Stephen Conroy playing Candy Crush in the chamber.
A new political party probably just got in by the skin of its teeth to stand at this year's federal election.
On 11 March 2016 the Australian Electoral Commission registeredOn 11 March 2016, the delegate of the Electoral Commission approved an application to register the following party: The Australian Mental Health Party.
This minor party currently expresses an intention to stand candidates in both the Senate and House of Representatives.
For the 'Haymarket Clinic' (well-known to North Coast Voices by way of the previous professional capacity of one of its listed contributors) the writing is on the wall for its medical services thanks to the Abbott-Turnbull Government.
The Haymarket Foundation had this to say:
The Haymarket Foundation Clinic provides FREE medical, nursing and welfare services to some 1,200 clients a year!