One Nation to stay a part of Senate until 2025, report shows

Anyone hoping that Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party was just a flash in the pan will be dismayed by the latest research from The Australia Institute.


Who will fill the vacant seat in the Senate?

Ex-Senator Bob Day has had his day, with the High Court ruling his re-election to the Senate as ‘unconstitutional’. So, who will fill the vacant seat and what does it mean for the Government?


Senators have voted down a motion to freeze their pay

A motion to freeze senators’ pay until a budget surplus is delivered was voted down yesterday, with just six of the 75 senators voting for the motion to pass.

Centrelink – Services Australia

Senate inquiry into Centrelink debt recovery system

Representatives of the community sector have told the Senate inquiry into Centrelink’s debt recovery system that the program is unfair, inhumane and an abuse of government power.


The Bob Day bombshell and Senator Culleton’s ‘dark cloud’

Australia’s Upper House is in chaos, with Senator Bob Day’s resignation and Senator Rod Culleton’s eligibility in question and both cases being referred to the High Court for adjudication.

Federal Government

Derryn Hinch exposes paedophiles’ names in maiden speech

Senator Derryn Hinch has been accused of abusing his parliamentary privilege by using his maiden Senate speech to name and shame a number of convicted paedophiles.

Federal Election 2016

Narrow majority could force legal action over result

When Parliament returns later this month, the Government will have just a one-seat majority, with the seat of Herbert yesterday being declared a win for Labor.

Federal Election 2016

New Senate voting rules: how to make sure your vote counts

Australians will head to the polls tomorrow for Election 2016 – at last! We’ve all voted numerous times before but, as many of you may be aware, Senate voting rules have changed, so here’s how to make your vote count.


PM threatens double dissolution if his ABCC bill isn’t passed

PM Malcolm Turnbull has threatened to pull the trigger on a double dissolution should his ABCC legislation not pass the Senate in April. This means we could be going to the polls on 2 July.


Senate inquiry to address the gender superannuation gap

Australian women, on average, retire with about half the retirement savings of men, but a Senate inquiry into improving the finances of retired women could rectify this.


Senate passes new legislation to fight excessive transaction fees

The Senate has passed a bill that will give the ACCC the power to fine companies that charge consumers excessive surcharges on transactions.


New copyright Bill passes Senate

Many Australians may soon have to change their internet behaviour after a controversial copyright Bill passed through Senate earlier this week.

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