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New Wales Senate
New-wales-senate
Leadership
President of the Senate Leo Vincent, Commonwealth Liberal
since 27 June 2010
Majority Leader Nick Harris, Commonwealth Liberal
since 1 June 2010
Minority Leader Thomas Clarke, Democratic Labor
since 19 June 2010
Structure
Members 78
Political groups Commonwealth Liberal (41)
Democratic Labor Party (30)
New Wales Greens (5)
Republic New Wales (2)
Election
Last election 19 June 2010
Meeting place
St. Marys, New Wales

The New Wales Senate is the upper house of the bicameral New Wales Parliament, the lower house being the House of Conference. The composition and powers of the Senate and the House are established in Article One of the New Wales Constitution (which does not use the terms "upper" and "lower"). Each state is represented by two senators, regardless of population. Senators serve staggered four-year terms. The chamber of the New Wales Senate is located in the north wing of the Capitol, in St Marys, the national capital. The House of Conference convenes in the south wing of the same building.

The Senate has several exclusive powers not granted to the House, including consenting to treaties as a precondition to their ratification and consenting or confirmation of appointments of federal judges, other federal executive officials, military officers and other federal uniformed officers, as well as trying federal officials impeached by the House. The Senate is a more deliberative body than the House of Conference because the Senate is smaller, allowing for a more collegial and less partisan atmosphere that is more insulated from public opinion than the House. The Senate is considered a more prestigious body than the House of Conference because of its smaller membership, and abilities

The constitution allows that when a senator resigns mid-term for the governors of the electorate to which the senator is from to appoint temporary senators until the next regular election for that retiring senator takes place, as long as the election is less than a year away. If more than 12 months away; then a special election is to take place to bring the seat back into line with convention.

Current Members

COMMONWEALTH LIBERALS (41)

  • Ashfield: Abigail North
  • Auburn: Penny Cambridge
  • Bankstown: Doug Holman
  • Blacktown: Xander Watson
  • Blacktown: Jordan Sanford
  • Botany Bay: Doug Wednesday
  • Botany Bay: Cameron Bridgeport
  • Burwood: Lynn Charles
  • Burwood: Mitchell Chesterson
  • Camden: David Paulson
  • Campbelltown: Richard Hartley
  • Canada Bay: Mark Andrews
  • Canterbury: Edward Furman
  • The Hills: Peter Nyguen
  • Holroyd: Leo Vincent
  • Holroyd: Nick Harris
  • Hunter's Hill: Benjamin Stackhouse
  • Hurstville: Quentin Clark
  • Hurstville: Lara Tyhme
  • Kogarah: Sarah Tarken
  • Kogarah: Ken Hotham
  • Ku-ring-gai: Ashley Ritter
  • Lane Cove: Bradley Gorgenson
  • Leichhardt: Andrew Rodd
  • Liverpool: Tyler Westfield
  • Manly: Matthew Longman
  • Manly: Thomas Flecther
  • Marrickvile: Penny Bradman
  • Parramatta: Delinda Harrison
  • Pittwater: Alesha Daley
  • Randwick: Darren Samuels
  • Randwick: Indigo Waters
  • Rockdale: Elizabeth Hart
  • Ryde: Bob Barnett
  • St Marys: John Peters
  • Strathfield: Adele Airedale
  • Sutherland: Judith Birmingham
  • Warringah: Stephen Harrison
  • Willoughby: Claire Murray
  • Wollahra: Dana Watson-Smart
  • Woollahra: Gavin MacDonald

DEMOCRATIC LABOR (30)

  • Ashfield: Ian Smiles
  • Auburn: Brett Carton
  • Camden: Amanda Harris
  • Campbelltown: Jackie Renworth
  • Canada Bay: Samantha Adams
  • Canterbury: Colin Thomas
  • Fairfield: Stephen Argyle
  • Fairfield: Thomas Clarke
  • The Hills: Tyler Johnson-Moore
  • Hornsby: Richard Clarke
  • Hornsby: Gregory Mathers
  • Hunter's Hill: Gregory Taylor
  • Lane Cove: Simon Young
  • Leichhardt: Harold Budd
  • Liverpool: Stephen Glass
  • Marrickville: Shannon Dodson
  • Mosman: Kenneth Jackson
  • North Sydney: Kyle Bretridge
  • Parramatta: Amanda Edgware
  • Penrith: Mark Harrison
  • Pittwater: Brian Hawke
  • Rockdale: Nicole Edwards
  • St Marys: Kim Watson
  • Strathfield: Michael Smith
  • Sutherland: Dr. Mike Graham
  • Sydney: Steve Hill
  • Warringah: Tony Jewell
  • Waverley: Rachel Patterson
  • Waverley: Ian Johnson
  • Willoughby: John Webber


NEW WALES GREENS (5)

  • Blacktown: Bridget Youngset
  • Ku-ring-gai: Carl Moller
  • Mosman: Alan Jackson
  • Penrith: Jensen Hart
  • Sydney: Amelia Michaels


REPUBLIC NEW WALES (2)

  • North Sydney: Taylor Morten
  • Ryde: Peter Royal

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