The Turnbull government is facing minority status and a difficult by-election after Australia’s High Court found the entire leadership of the National Party — Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash —...
The Turnbull government is facing minority status and a difficult by-election after Australia’s High Court found the entire leadership of the National Party — Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash — ineligible to stand at the 2016 election, due to their citizenship status under section 44 of the Australian constitution.
Mr Joyce will now face a by-election in the seat of New England, likely to be called on the 2 December, with a writ issued by the Speaker of the House today. Joyce is one of five federal MPs to be unanimously knocked out by the Court. It also found former Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters were not validly elected, along with One Nation’s controversial Senator Malcolm Roberts and the National Party’s Fiona Nash. Nick Xenophon and Matt Canavan have been ruled eligible, though Nick Xenophon will leave Federal politics to pursue a career in State politics in his home state of South Australia.
In terms of the immediate fall out, Matt Canavan will return to Northern Australia and Resources Minister; Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will take on Agriculture and Water Resources, and Mitch Fifield will take on Regional Communications from Fiona Nash – Darren Chester will take on her other portfolios.
The issue of citizenship was raised in July this year following the resignation of Greens Senator Scott Ludlam who resigned from the Senate after it was brought to his attention he held dual Australian and New Zealand citizenship, rendering him ineligible to hold elected office in the Federal Parliament under section 44 of the Australian Constitution.
He became the first casualty of the 2017 Australian constitutional crisis. Ludlam’s resignation led to a number of MPs and Senators publicly clarifying their citizenship status, and also led to fellow Greens Senator and Deputy Leader Larissa Waters’s resignation four days later, after discovering she held Canadian citizenship. A swathe of allegations regarding eligibility followed, which resulted in the establishment of the Citizenship Seven – referred to the High Court for assessment.
These rulings have plunged the government into disarray. As a minority government, Turnbull’s slim grip on power will be tested in the result of the forthcoming New England by-election. If the seat is not won by a Liberal or National candidate, the current government will cease to maintain its one seat majority, forcing a Federal election early next year.
Joyce’s dismissal also leaves open to challenge every ministerial decision he has made, as well as those made by Ms Nash, since October 20 last year.
Legal advice obtained by the ALP confirms that under section 64 of the constitution a person can only act as a minister for three months without being a member of Parliament. Mr Joyce is now invalid as an MP from the time of last year’s election on July 2, and the only decisions which are valid are those which he made in the first three months as minister after he was sworn in on July 19.
Ultimately, the impression that the Turnbull government is notable only for its chaos and instability has been reinforced. If a Federal election is triggered by the result of the New England by-election, we could be facing yet another leadership change and an inevitable impact on business and consumer confidence.
Edelman will partner with the Public Affairs Council for the European Trust Summit 2017 – Corporate Governance and Public Affairs in a Low-Trust World on 31 May 2017. The one-day program will explore business governance, ethics,...
Edelman will partner with the Public Affairs Council for the European Trust Summit 2017 – Corporate Governance and Public Affairs in a Low-Trust World on 31 May 2017.
The one-day program will explore business governance, ethics, transparency policies, and communications and engagement strategies designed to restore faith in major institutions. Topics will include:
For more information and to register: http://pac.org/trust-summit
Edelman has announced the promotion of Gurpreet Brar who is moving into the role of General Manager, Brussels. Gurpreet has been with Edelman as the Managing Director of the UK Public Affairs team since 2014....
Edelman has announced the promotion of Gurpreet Brar who is moving into the role of General Manager, Brussels.
Gurpreet has been with Edelman as the Managing Director of the UK Public Affairs team since 2014. In this time, he has proven himself to be a first-rate leader, restructuring the UK team, building out offers for purpose advocacy, government affairs and campaigning.
Prior to joining Edelman, Gurpreet was a Partner at Bell Pottinger following three years as Chief of Staff to Lord Turner, then Chairman of the UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA), between 2010 and 2013.
Michael Stewart, President & CEO Edelman Europe & CIS, said of Gurpreet’s promotion: “As the home of the European political agenda, Brussels is a high priority market for the region, and Gurpreet brings a raft of experience leading and executing pan-European strategic communications and integrated Public Affairs campaigns across multiple sectors and markets. His deep sector knowledge and expertise, as well as his innovative approach to public policy engagement for organisations such as Unilever, Tata Steel and Pfizer will ensure Edelman is at the forefront of helping clients navigate the ever-evolving Brussels legislative agenda”.
Gurpreet said: “I am delighted to be taking up the role as General Manager of a key office in the Edelman network at this challenging time for the future of our continent. I’ve had a fantastic two and a half years restructuring the UK Public Affairs team and I look forward to growing a fully integrated communications agency in the heart of Europe’s political landscape.”
Political expert and senior Edelman U.S. counselor Steve Schmidt visited Brussels on his European tour. During a lunch debate he shared his perspectives on the state of the US Presidential Election campaign and provided a...
Political expert and senior Edelman U.S. counselor Steve Schmidt visited Brussels on his European tour. During a lunch debate he shared his perspectives on the state of the US Presidential Election campaign and provided a unique insider’s take on the election. Schmidt said the entire race was only explicable through the collapse of trust in every institution except the military, but he also reiterated that what we are seeing in the United States is what we are seeing across Europe too, with for example the rise of populism. He believes that Hillary Clinton will become the next President of the United States as Donald Trump has proven that he “lacks the mental, moral and intellectual virtues necessary to be President.” It is extraordinary that after 25 years at the absolute centre of political life, Clinton still has a great chance to win the presidency – no other person in American political history can claim that longevity, said Schmidt. We’ll know more on 8 November… Meanwhile, please stay tuned for more US Presidential Election blogs
Congratulations to our General Manager Esther Busscher who - together with other female CEOs and Chairs of large communications agencies in Brussels - is ranked #1 by Politico's Ryan Heath on the influencers who are...
Congratulations to our General Manager Esther Busscher who – together with other female CEOs and Chairs of large communications agencies in Brussels – is ranked #1 by Politico’s Ryan Heath on the influencers who are shifting the EU’s gender balance.
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Brexit means Brexit. This has been the mantra of the new Prime Minister Theresa May who told her Cabinet in her first meeting in the Chair “we are all Brexit Minsters now”. But she has...
Brexit means Brexit. This has been the mantra of the new Prime Minister Theresa May who told her Cabinet in her first meeting in the Chair “we are all Brexit Minsters now”.
But she has been coming under increasing pressure to explain what Brexit will actually entail. The Prime Minster has sought to explain the lack of detail by arguing that she was not ready to put all her “cards on the table” ahead of her negotiations with Brussels on Britain’s future relationship with the EU.
But it has become apparent that she does not have all her cards in her hand and some have not yet left the dealer’s hands!
On the two crucial issues of immigration and access to the single market there is at least confusion within Government.
On access to the single market for instance, Mrs May recently rebuked the Minister in her Cabinet, David Davis, who is responsible for Brexit. He told MPs in his first Commons statement in his new role at the beginning of the month that it was “very improbable” that the UK could remain a full member of the EU’s trade zone while withdrawing from free movement rules.
However, the Prime Minister’s spokeswoman instantly rebuked him, insisted that he was giving a personal opinion rather than outlining Government policy, the work on which is ongoing.
On immigration, differences have also surfaced. During the referendum, Vote Leave, one of whose leaders, Boris Johnson, is now Foreign Secretary, advocated an Australian-style points system. This emphasised that Britain would choose who came into the country. However Theresa May recently ruled this out – “It’s not a silver bullet” – not because it would be too strict, but that too many people would meet the criteria and come in. Indeed, after the former UKIP leader Nigel Farage suggested that the Prime Minister was betraying Leave voters, Mrs May’s office issued a statement saying the Government would devise an immigration system that gave it more control than a points-based system.
Edelman has produced a briefing on the EU Council, with perspectives from Brussels, Berlin, Paris and London. To read it in full, click here.
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