As we wait to hear whether Western Australia will return to the polls this year for a fresh Senate election, the Abbott government is looking at ways of stopping some of last year's unusual Senate results from happening again. Yesterday, Fairfax papers reported the government wants "the names 'Liberal' and 'Labor' [to] be quarantined for use only by the major political parties ... to prevent micro parties capitalising on voter confusion".
A Liberal by any other name: party titles and ballot trickery
Is it possible to prevent future election catastrophes like last year's Senate vote? The Abbott government is working hard to make it so.