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Liberal Senator James McGrath (Image: AAP/Alan Porritt)

Now that the Coalition is sitting pretty in the Senate, the government has the ability to entrench its position through self-interested changes to electoral laws. Will they go for it?

All eyes are on the regular post-election inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. Its preliminaries have been the subject of much greater interest than usual. And fears of a Republican-style partisan assault on democratic norms have hardly been discouraged by the committee's chair, James McGrath, who came to the post shortly after Malcolm Turnbull’s demise last year.