Derryn Hinch

Writer checks notes, muses on which article to write up ... finds notes on legitimacy, political structure ... decides to do piece on House v Senate ... role of independents ... protectors of the spirit of what Parliament was meant to be ... glances at news ... "Derryn Hinch on track for Senate seat" ... writer burns notes ...

Well, not exactly. But there's nothing likely to check any impulse you might have to talk of matters institutional, the spirit of democracy nestled somewhere in the gears of the machine, than to hear that the Human Headline might get his behind on the red benches for a three- or six-year term. The prolix bearded obsessive (heh) has scored No. 1 poll position on the Victorian Senate ballot and been preferenced by Labor above the Greens in their how-to-vote tickets. With all that, and high personal visibility, and a 7.7% quota, he has a better chance than most.