After a marathon debate in the upper house, the Turnbull government’s changes to the way Australians elect their senators passed on Friday. Under the changes, voters will have more control over their preferences. The general principles of the system are:… Read More »Senate voting changes pass – so how do we elect the upper house now?
The response of those senators whose re-election is threatened by the proposed Senate voting reforms has been to lash out with claims of unconstitutionality and threaten High Court challenges. Are these reforms vulnerable to challenge and on what basis would… Read More »Is a constitutional challenge to Senate voting reforms likely to succeed?
The government is making a major change to its legislation to reform the Senate voting system after a recommendation from a brief parliamentary inquiry. Optional preferential voting will be brought in for below-the-line voting, to match the original plan in… Read More »Government agrees to change its Senate voting reforms as Shorten replaces Gary Gray