New senator for Victoria and leader of the Justice Party, Derryn Hinch, has vowed to make his presence known from the moment he sets foot in Parliament, saying “I think you’ll know I’m there”.
The unexpected winner of a second Queensland Senate seat for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, Malcolm Roberts, has dismissed speculation that the party was at risk of breaking apart, as the Palmer United Party did.
The Australian Electoral Commission has declared the Senate result for Tasmania, which has 12 senators guaranteed in the Constitution.
First preference national swings (provisional)
The Australian Greens will have to wait for weeks before they can be sure of their numbers in the new Senate but most calculations put their total nine.
Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon is preparing for a bigger role in the new Parliament.
Re-elected Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm will be campaigning for greater accountability on the part of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, re-elected as head of the Jacqui Lambie Network, will be pressing for a Senate inquiry into the insurance industry.
Family First says it is far too early to say whether its senator for South Australia, Bob Day, will be re-elected, but he has a fighting chance if a reasonable flow of preferences moves his way.
Queensland senator-elect Pauline Hanson has had a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as she prepares to return to Parliament.
House of Representatives – National swings – first preferences
Given this highly uncertain outcome, the main issue of continuing interest in the new Parliament to the Not for Profit sector – and to everyone else with a stake in the political process – is the fate of legislation in the new Parliament.
Federal Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers has announced that 1,625 candidates have nominated to contest the 2016 federal election in both the Senate and House of Representatives.
Polling analysts are expressing growing doubts about the likelihood of the Government succeeding in the basic strategy that prompted it to seek this double dissolution election.
An interim report from the Senate committee on non-conforming building products says that safety should not be a “matter of good luck”.
A Senate committee report says the CSIRO should halt the implementation of deep job cuts until there was a “thorough review” of the process.
The High Court will hear South Australian senator Bob Day’s challenge to new Senate voting laws on May 2, the day before the Budget.
The special session of Parliament organised by the Government to deal, principally, with its industrial relations legislation lasted just two days instead of the scheduled two weeks.
A Senate committee will inquire into associated entities of political parties, such as the Liberal’s Free Enterprise Foundation, after Labor, the Greens and crossbench senators voted in favour.
The Government introduced legislation to parliament to reform Senate voting rules with optional-preferential-above-the-line voting, a move designed to end complex preference deals between micro-parties which saw them capture the Senate balance of power after to 2013 election.
In the wake of the Paris climate agreement, the Senate is to inquire into carbon risk disclosure in Australia – an initiative of the Australian Greens.
2016 Parliamentary Sittings
With the change of Prime Minister, the Government has demonstrated a greater willingness to negotiate with the fractious crossbench members of the Senate.
Parliament will resume sitting for 2016 next Tuesday, 2 February, with the year’s political agenda likely to be dominated by tax reform and the Federal election.
The Government has announced a planned modification to its previous paid parental scheme in an attempt to win support for the measure in the Senate.
A Senate committee has recommended that the federal Government should overhaul halal certification industry and take control as the sole signatory.
The Senate has passed the Government’s latest legislation on the regulation of financial advisers with Labor support.
The cross-bench senators have blocked the Turnbull government’s push to restructure industry super funds.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale has played down the prospect of his party establishing a “formal coalition” with Labor but says he is open to a future “agreement” with either side of politics.
Tensions are increasing within the Labor Party over whether to back Senate voting reform measures supported by the Coalition and the Greens designed to reduce preference swap deals between minor parties which have increased the representation of independents in the Senate.