Senate

August 2016

Hinch keeps his options open – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

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”.

Second One Nation Queensland senator tackling climate science – August 2016

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

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.

July 2016

Results declared in Tasmania and Northern Territory - July 2016

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

The Australian Electoral Commission has declared the Senate result for Tasmania, which has 12 senators guaranteed in the Constitution.

Senate – First preference national swings (provisional) - July 2016

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

First preference national swings (provisional)

Greens back to business as usual as post mortem starts - July 2016

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

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.

NXT start by focussing on energy pricing, gambling reform - July 2016

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

Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon is preparing for a bigger role in the new Parliament.

Leyonhjelm calls for greater Reserve Bank accountability

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Banking, Financial Regulation, Politics, Elections,

Re-elected Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm will be campaigning for greater accountability on the part of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Lambie identifies unfair insurance as an important focus - July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Senate, Trade and industry,

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, re-elected as head of the Jacqui Lambie Network, will be pressing for a Senate inquiry into the insurance industry.

Day hopes for a return and a campaign on fuel tax - July 2016

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

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.

Hanson says she got fair hearing from Prime Minister - July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

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 - July 2016

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

House of Representatives – National swings – first preferences

Not for Profit politics and policy: The implications of the election outcome - so far - July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Budget, Elections, Senate, Social and Community,

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.

June 2016

Nominations announced for House and Senate – June 2016

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

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.

Senate could really decide what happens after election, say observers – June 2016

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

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.

May 2016

Senate Committee raises concerns about non-conforming building products – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Building Industry,

An interim report from the Senate committee on non-conforming building products says that safety should not be a “matter of good luck”.

Senate Committee calls for halt to CSIRO job cuts – May 2016

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

A Senate committee report says the CSIRO should halt the implementation of deep job cuts until there was a “thorough review” of the process.

April 2016

High Court challenge to Senate voting changes – April 2016

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

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.

Legislation passed by special sitting of parliament – April 2016

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

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.

Senate inquiry into Liberal organisation to report before election – April 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

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.

February 2016

Government moves on Senate voting reform – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Senate,

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.

Inquiry into carbon risk disclosure – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Climate Change, Environment,

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.

January 2016

2016 Parliamentary Sittings

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate,

2016 Parliamentary Sittings

Xenophon’s increasing role – January 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate,

With the change of Prime Minister, the Government has demonstrated a greater willingness to negotiate with the fractious crossbench members of the Senate.

The year ahead – January 2016

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

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.

December 2015

Paid parental leave changes hinge on cross-bench – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate,

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.

Committee recommends regulation of halal certification – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate,

A Senate committee has recommended that the federal Government should overhaul halal certification industry and take control as the sole signatory.

FOFA legislation passed – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Financial Advice,

The Senate has passed the Government’s latest legislation on the regulation of financial advisers with Labor support.

Cross-benchers derail Government’s industry fund superannuation changes – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate,

The cross-bench senators have blocked the Turnbull government’s push to restructure industry super funds.

November 2015

Di Natale says formal coalitions unlikely – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate,

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.

Labor frontbench splits over Senate voting changes as Xenophon attracts ire – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate,

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.

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