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Crowley, K ORCID: 0000-0001-6190-2233 and Lippis, J 2020 , 'Independent in Tasmania’s Legislative Council' , Australasian Parliamentary Review, vol. 34, no. 2 .

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Abstract

Independentmembers(IMLCs)havelongdominatedtheTasmanianLegislativeCouncil(Council) andareexpectedtoplayareviewandscrutinyratherthanapolicy-makingrole.However,thisarticlepresents researchthatfindsthat such membersareindeedable toachievepolicyinfluence despitetheirlackof supportivepartycolleaguesorapartystructure.CurrentandformerIMLCs,oneLaborMLC,andoneMemberofthelowerHouse ofAssembly,wereinterviewedforthisresearch. TheywereaskedabouttheIMLC role astheyseeit,thestrategiesused,ifinfacttheyareused, togainpolicyinfluence,IMLC workandinfluenceoncommittees,andtheobstacles,includingpoliticalobstacles, toIMLCs achievinginfluence.Ourpaper addresses thelackofstudiesofthelegislativebehaviourof Councillors, andestablishesthat,despitethereviewandscrutinyfocus oftheirrole,andtheattributionofthepolicymakingroletothelowerhouse,IMLCs doseekinfluenceanduse variousmeansofachieving it.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Crowley, K and Lippis, J
Keywords: independent members legislative council
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Parliamentary Review
Publisher: Australasian Study of Parliament Group
ISSN: 1447-9125
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