Legislative Assembly of Queensland

The Legislative Assembly of Queensland is the sole chamber of the unicameral Parliament of Queensland established under the Constitution of Queensland. Elections are held every four years and are done by full preferential voting. The Assembly has 93 members, who have used the letters MP after their names since 2000 (previously they were styled MLAs).

Legislative Assembly
57th Parliament
Type
Type
History
Founded22 May 1860; 162 years ago (22 May 1860)
Leadership
Curtis Pitt, Labor
since 13 February 2018 (2018-02-13)
Yvette D'Ath, Labor
since 11 December 2017 (2017-12-11)
Jarrod Bleijie, Liberal National
since 15 December 2017 (2017-12-15)
Structure
Seats93
Political groups
Government (52)
  •   Labor (52)

Opposition (34)

Crossbench (7)

Length of term
4 years
Elections
Instant-runoff voting
First election
27 April – 11 May 1860
Last election
31 October 2020
Next election
26 October 2024
Meeting place
Legislative Assembly Chamber,
Parliament House, Brisbane,
Queensland, Australia
Website
parliament.qld.gov.au

There is approximately the same population in each electorate; however, that has not always been the case (in particular, a malapportionment system - not, strictly speaking, a gerrymander - dubbed the Bjelkemander was in effect during the 1970s and 1980s). The Assembly first sat in May 1860 and produced Australia's first Hansard in April 1864.

Following the outcome of the 2015 election, successful amendments to the electoral act in early 2016 include: adding an additional four parliamentary seats from 89 to 93, changing from optional preferential voting to full-preferential voting, and moving from unfixed three-year terms to fixed four-year terms.[1]


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