Australia has its new Senate. The Coalition will hold 30 seats, Labor 26, the Greens nine, and there will be 11 other crossbench senators. In March, the government passed sweeping changes to the way Australians elect their senators. Group voting… Read More »So, how did the new Senate voting rules work in practice?
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?
Labor has announced it will oppose the government’s proposed changes to the way Australians elect their senators. Labor’s opposition is almost certainly moot, however, as the government has the support of the Greens and independent senator Nick Xenophon to pass… Read More »what changes to the Senate voting system are being proposed?
New Special Minister of State Mal Brough has put reform of how the Senate is elected back on the agenda. He suggested on Tuesday that many people don’t have confidence in the system and that some would be: … horrified… Read More »Trusting the voters to decide their preferences should guide Senate reform