Topic archives: australian senate

Hinch’s Senate diary: Beetroot Barnaby misses out on sausages at The Lodge

February 15, 2018 6

It was all back-door deals and prime-ministerial jumping castles in Canberra this week, writes Senator Derryn Hinch.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: Old Macdonald’s case of the parliamentary grumps

December 7, 2017 5

Senator Ian Macdonald, the official Senate Grinch, continues to spread Christmas jeer after losing out over same-sex marriage amendments.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: Dean Smith’s ‘hero hug’

November 30, 2017 3

Passing the marriage equality bill through the lower house, travelling to remote India to meet with the Dalai Lama; it's business as usual for Senator Derryn Hinch

Jacqui Lambie, ‘darling of democracy’, was hemmed in by her narrow views

November 17, 2017 22

The parliamentary love-in over Jacqui Lambie obscures her track record as a passionate advocate for Islamophobic and anti-immigrant policies, writes Kara Schlegl

How the Greens outfoxed the Coalition and might have killed the citizenship changes

September 14, 2017 9

The clock is ticking on Dutton's citizenship rules after a motion from the Greens and some lucky timing.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: heartrending stories from pelvic mesh inquiry

August 31, 2017 3

Derryn Hinch reflects upon the pelvic mesh Senate inquiry and why political name-calling is ramping up already.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: up to six Labor senators will vote no to marriage equality

August 23, 2017 12

Behind the scene Senate dealings lead me to believe there are those in the Labor camp who would vote No on same-sex marriage, writes Derryn Hinch, but why do they refuse to say so?

Hinch’s Senate Diary: why the citizenship debacle is all my fault

August 17, 2017 4

Derryn Hinch reflects on how questions about his citizenship inadvertently started this now Government threatening dual citizenship debacle.

In a double dissolution, who gets three-year terms and who gets the full six?

May 18, 2016 4

All senators have to fight for their seats in a double dissolution election, but some are only elected for three years. How do we determine who gets the short straw?

Media briefs: Glasgow counts down … live from Tamworth … see the Senate …

Media briefs: Glasgow counts down … live from Tamworth … see the Senate …

March 17, 2016

Poor Will Glasgow, suffering through his current employment. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

Would the Senate reform spell the end of micro-parties?

February 23, 2016 13

Is this the end for micro-parties, preference harvesters and tablecloth ballots?

Sorry, Leyonhjelm, group ticket voting is an expensive, time-wasting indulgence

Sorry, Leyonhjelm, group ticket voting is an expensive, time-wasting indulgence

October 15, 2015 7

Why not make things properly simple, and get rid of preferences entirely for Senate voting?

Rundle: c’mon everyone, let’s play Senate Bingo!

Rundle: c’mon everyone, let’s play Senate Bingo!

August 26, 2014 14

Will David Leyonhelm vote with the Greens on same-sex marriage? Will Ricky Muir back the Coalition on foreign policy? Play Crikey's handy Senate Bingo game and find out!

Rundle: a buzz of black and yellow as newbies take their seats

Rundle: a buzz of black and yellow as newbies take their seats

July 8, 2014 13

The Gillard government's signature piece of policy, the carbon tax, has been quietly prepared for execution -- as Clive upstaged his own senators.

Poll Bludger: meet the senators who hold the balance of power

Poll Bludger: meet the senators who hold the balance of power

June 23, 2014 11

Tony Abbott will have to woo the Palmer United senators and a few more to get any of his legislation passed. Let's look at the new senators who will be standing in the way of an Abbott agenda.

Infographic: the new Senate

Infographic: the new Senate

June 23, 2014 4

Can Labor block legislation without the Greens? Will the Abbott government be able to get its budget passed without the Motoring Enthusiasts? And how much power does Palmer really have? Crikey intern Jake Stevens looks at the numbers.

Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

September 3, 2013 5

The media has given up on pretending this election campaign is actually a contest and is now focusing on what Tony Abbott will do when he is prime minister.

Poll Bludger: watch for WikiLeaks-led leakage in the Senate

August 19, 2013 3

Group voting tickets for the Senate have been published, revealing some odd bedfellows when it comes to preferences. The deals could swing the upper house to the Right under a Tony Abbott government.

The final countdown: Parliament’s pre-election laundry list

The final countdown: Parliament’s pre-election laundry list

June 24, 2013 2

It's the last sitting week before the federal election -- so should Parliament rush through a slew of outstanding bills? We take a look at some of the bills waiting in the legislative queue.

Poll Bludger: Assange for Canberra a new can of worms

March 19, 2012 24

Australian electoral affairs made a rare entree into the international news on Saturday when Julian Assange announced he would run for a seat in the Senate at the next federal election.