New Senator Derryn Hinch hasn’t wasted any time since being elected, telling his former 3AW colleague Neil Mitchell that he has already spoken to Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison, George Brandis and opposition leader Bill Shorten in the last two weeks. Hinch told Mitchell he wasn’t sure when he would start getting paid, and believes that he will probably end up with a three year term, even though he will fight for a six year term. Although he has spoken to Turnbull on the phone, Hinch said that he hasn’t seen Turnbull in person in 15 years.

Hinch wouldn’t reveal much about his conversations with Turnbull and Shorten, but said that he hadn’t been offered any deals on legislation and he hadn’t asked for any deals. “I don’t want to horse trade.”

“I campaigned on seven issues, and I’ll talk about them until the cows come home, but all the other things , like the ABCC, and pensions and super, I haven’t got there yet. I rely on what you do too, on The Australian, The Age, the Herald Sun and Channel Seven or Channel Nine news.”

Scott Morrison has offered Hinch sessions with Treasury to discuss money matters, while Attorney-General George Brandis has offered sessions with members of his department when it comes to Hinch’s own agenda. The former broadcaster said that he has been in conversations with Jacqui Lambie and believes that he will find common ground with her, but has not spoken to Pauline Hanson. While Hanson is making more headlines, it looks like the Human Headline will make more legislation.

Peter Fray

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