February 15, 2018 6
It was all back-door deals and prime-ministerial jumping castles in Canberra this week, writes Senator Derryn Hinch.
December 7, 2017 5
Senator Ian Macdonald, the official Senate Grinch, continues to spread Christmas jeer after losing out over same-sex marriage amendments.
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
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
September 14, 2017 9
The clock is ticking on Dutton's citizenship rules after a motion from the Greens and some lucky timing.
August 31, 2017 3
Derryn Hinch reflects upon the pelvic mesh Senate inquiry and why political name-calling is ramping up already.
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?
August 17, 2017 4
Derryn Hinch reflects on how questions about his citizenship inadvertently started this now Government threatening dual citizenship debacle.
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?
March 17, 2016
Poor Will Glasgow, suffering through his current employment. Plus other media tidbits of the day.
February 23, 2016 13
Is this the end for micro-parties, preference harvesters and tablecloth ballots?
October 15, 2015 7
Why not make things properly simple, and get rid of preferences entirely for Senate voting?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.