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Jun 4, 2014

Country for old men? A parliamentary snapshot

Which political party is full of spring chickens, and which is moving gracefully into later years? Are our senators older or younger than our lower house MPs? Crikey intern Jake Stevens takes a look at the demographics of our august chambers.


With its tightening of the Youth Allowance and funding cuts to universities, the Abbott government seems intent on making life a lot harder for young people.

As we prepare to bid farewell 12 Senators from the upper house on June 30, we thought we’d take a quick demographic snapshot of the Australian Parliament to find out who exactly is running the country. This shows the current House of Representatives and the outgoing Senate.

And for those who are wondering, the LNP’s Wyatt Roy, at 24, is the youngest in the House of Representatives by seven years — and he would have to sit in Parliament for another 38 years until he has been a member for as long as Coalition colleague Philip Ruddock has.

Interested in some of the finer details of what makes up our Parliament? Have a look at our Crikey series with Bond University, “Order in the House“.


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