Topic archives: Senate

Hinch’s Senate Diary: it’s all about timing in the upper house

April 12, 2018 3

The upper house's strict timing for divisions leads to more than a few red faces as senators find themselves late to their own party.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: this country needs a taskforce against time-wasters

April 5, 2018 2

The Senate is waterlogged with outdated processes that parties use to waste time on obscure issues, and it's about time someone moves to clean it up, writes Senator Derryn Hinch.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: ‘I fucking well will get my picture in the paper tomorrow, Derryn!’

March 29, 2018 16

Fingers were pointed and teeth were bared in the trenches of the Senate this week, even if it was just for the cameras.

Hanson’s henchmen caught with their pants down, and the bereaved pay the price

March 21, 2018 4

From toilets to Twitter, the delusions of One Nation run deep.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: call someone else, I’m on the phone to justice

March 1, 2018 6

Amongst the shrewd and the slippery on Capital Hill, Senator Derryn Hinch pledges to stick to his knitting.

Crikey Worm: Senate rejects Coalition Murray-Darling proposal

February 15, 2018

Good morning, early birds. The Senate has put the kybosh on a plan to sequester 70 gigalitres of water in the Murray-Darling Basin for irrigators. Plus, the Barnaby Joyce circus shows no sign of packing up anytime soon. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: Senate’s back, baby!

February 8, 2018 8

There were a few unexpected sights in the senate chamber on the first day of the year for parliament, writes Senator Derryn Hinch.

Crikey Worm: Keneally nominates for Dasher’s Senate seat

January 18, 2018

Good morning, early birds. Former state premier turned Sky News commentator Kristina Keneally has put her hand up to take Dasher's Senate seat. Plus, Papua New Guinea turns up the heat on Australia. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Who is the committee that could imprison Dastyari for his Chinese entanglements?

December 11, 2017 8

Senator Sam Dastyari lives appear to be running out, with more revelations and a referral to the privileges committee; is this the end for Dasher?

Hinch Senate Diary: the best five bucks I ever lost

November 16, 2017 8

It was a disgrace that we were even there, waiting to see what strangers had decreed as to how gay people would be allowed to live their lives, writes Senator Derryn Hinch

Rue Britannia: secret Englishman Parry should bugger off

November 1, 2017 22

Stephen Parry may or may not be British, but there's no denying that he's definitely a fool.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: I’m not taking the bait on marriage equality anymore

September 28, 2017 9

I foolishly engaged Vote No campaigner Senator Cory Bernardi on Twitter after he accused me of headline-hunting, explains Senator Derryn Hinch.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: on One Nation’s Brian Burston and other boofheads

September 14, 2017 2

I called a fellow Senator a "boofhead" on Twitter the other day. I regret nothing.

Was Pauline Hanson actually allowed to wear that burqa in Parliament?

September 6, 2017 11

Can you bring hats into Parliament? Props? Stunt outfits, like Pauline Hanson's burqa?

Matthewson: what’s a guy gotta do to pass marriage equality around here?

July 28, 2017 9

Dean Smith continues to press on with plans to overturn or bypass the Liberals’ plebiscite policy by bringing a private member’s bill on marriage equality to the Parliament.

Poll Bludger: are the Greens cooked?

July 24, 2017 15

The Greens can be confident they have their seats in Victoria and Tasmania locked down for years to come. But every other state is a crapshoot from here.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: I am not in allegiance to a foreign power and I have proof

Hinch’s Senate Diary: I am not in allegiance to a foreign power and I have proof

July 19, 2017 31

It’s hard to believe that Ludlam would become the third non-senator to be forced to fall on his rusty sword this 45th Parliament. But I shall not be the fourth, writes Senator Derryn Hinch.

Poll Bludger: who will replace Scott Ludlam?

July 17, 2017 11

A hitherto obscure and low-order candidate has been thrust into the spotlight: Jordon Steele-John, a 22-year-old disability advocate with cerebral palsy.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: a most apocryphal blowjob, now in Hansard

Hinch’s Senate Diary: a most apocryphal blowjob, now in Hansard

June 29, 2017 9

How I managed to reference the most infamous fellatio-that-wasn't in the Senate.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: which Labor MPs intimidate the Coalition in question time?

Hinch’s Senate Diary: which Labor MPs intimidate the Coalition in question time?

June 22, 2017 10

In this week's dispatch from the red chamber, Senator Derryn Hinch reveals an emotional moment in Parliament, Christopher Pyne's pep talk and why he's calling a One Nation Senator a bastard.