Senate

October 2017

Abbott continues disruption as Government waits on High Court outcome – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

With Parliament scheduled to meet again on October 16, the Government waits anxiously for the High Court decisions on the dual nationality cases that could rob it of a majority in the House of Representatives.

Larissa Waters could return to Senate if High Court accepts Government argument – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

Former Greens senator Larissa Waters could return to parliament if the High Court accepts the arguments put to it by the Attorney General George Brandis in dual nationality case.

June 2017

Government rejects robo-debt shutdown report as “political’ – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Social Services,

The Senate inquiry into Centrelink’s controversial automated debt recovery system – widely known as ‘robo-debt’ – has called for the system to be suspended until its many flaws can be resolved.

May 2017

The Budget – innovative but will it re-engage the electorate – May 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

Since Scott Morrison presented his second Budget just under three weeks ago it has been the subject of three separate and parallel debates: there has been a debate about its vision, its popularity and its forecasts.

Senator’s baby makes history – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

Alia Joy is just weeks old but she’s already made Australian political history.

Senate composition – updated 3 May 2017 – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

An election for all Senate seats was held on 2 July 2016 after the dissolution of the Senate on 9 May.

April 2017

Legislating as the curtains come down – not pretty but important – April 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

The final sitting weeks of parliamentary sessions are usually frantic and febrile – never more so than when, as now, the Government lacks a majority in the Senate and needs to force or negotiate its legislation through before a deadline.

Senate pushes for transparency in defence sales – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Public Sector, Defence,

The Senate has called on Defence Minister Marise Payne to release details of Australian military sales to Saudi Arabia that were approved as that country faced claims of war crimes.

Senate composition - updated 14 March 2017 – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

On 18 December 2016, Senator Culleton resigned from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party to sit as an independent senator.

March 2017

Senator seeks greater scrutiny of private health insurancee – March 2017

Filed under: Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Health,

Heads of health insurance companies have been told they could be summoned to appear before a Senate inquiry over the latest round of premium price rises.

Progress of selected bills introduced since the July 2016 election – March 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, House of Representatives, Legislation, Senate,

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February 2017

Senate composition – 13 February 2017 update

Filed under: Politics, Senate,

State senators have now been divided into two classes: short-term senators whose terms expire on 30 June 2019, and long-term senators whose terms expire on 30 June 2022.

Senate calls for Pell to face Royal Commission – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

The Senate has called on Cardinal George Pell to return to Australia to face allegations of misconduct.

Lambie steps up rhetoric over burqa – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Public Sector, National Security,

Tasmanian independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has tabled a Private Member’s Bill which would make it an offence to wear full face coverings in a public place under Commonwealth jurisdiction.

Greens seek action on medical cannabis – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Health,

The Australian Greens have lodged a motion in the Senate aimed at stopping the Government’s proposed restrictions on medicinal cannabis.

Recount ordered for Culleton seat as Government negotiates on tax and child care - February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

Ahead of next week’s sitting of the Senate, the talk of the Upper House is about former One Nation senator Rod Culleton and the fate of his seat, The High Court has ordered a special recount of the WA senate vote after it declared the election of Mr Culleton invalid.

Hanson to focus on party building in populist tide – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Senate,

Pauline Hanson says that over the next 12 months she’s focusing on building her party from a strong foundation.

Progress of selected bills introduced since the July 2016 election – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

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December 2016

Hinch paints himself as deal maker, becomes deal breaker – December 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

Victorian independent cross-bencher Derryn Hinch dealt himself into the centre of negotiations on the Government’s two key bills during the final sitting week of parliament.

Opinion Poll Overview – December 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Senate,

The latest Poll Bludger BludgerTrack commentary (2 December 2016) recorded a move back to the Coalition as Ipsos and Essential delivered the government relatively encouraging results.

Progress of selected bills introduced since the July 2016 election – December 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, House of Representatives, Senate,

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November 2016

Government’s same sex marriage plebiscite plan defeated in Senate – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

Legislation for a national plebiscite on whether to legalise same-sex marriage has been defeated in the Senate, 33 votes to 29.

Attorney-General withdraws Solicitor-General directive in face of Senate defeat – November 201

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

Attorney-General George Brandis has withdrawn the legal directive at the heart of his recent bitter brawl with the former Solicitor-General, just hours before the Senate was likely to vote it down.

Senate asks High Court to rule on Day and Culleton – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

The Senate has asked the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, to rule on whether former senator Bob Day and One Nation Senator Rod Culleton were validly elected at the July 2 poll.

Progress of selected bills introduced since the July 2016 election – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, House of Representatives, Senate,

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Cross cross-benchers war of words – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

A war of words has broken out on Twitter between Senate crossbenchers, with combative Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm labelling Derryn Hinch “a dumb heap of parrot droppings”.

Greens attack over Joyce’s responsibility for water policy – November 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

The Australian Greens have attacked the Government’s plan to have a multi-million water conservation project placed in the hands of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who is Minister for Agriculture and Water.

Xenophon demands changes to Paid Parental Leave plan – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Paid Parental Leave,

The Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) in the Senate says it will not support the Government’s planned changes to paid parental leave in its current form.

Progress of selected bills introduced since the July 2016 election – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

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Government in negotiation over Paid Parental Leave windback – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Paid Parental Leave,

The Coalition Government’s plan to tighten access to its paid parental leave scheme is facing stiff opposition in the Senate.

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