Queensland Liberal senator James McGrath had said the ABC’s headquarters in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane should be sold, and the funds used to retire government debt. In the latest Coalition attack on the national broadcaster, McGrath declared: “The ABC currently… Read More »Government senator urges sale of ABC city properties
On 14 July, WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam revealed that he had New Zealand citizenship. Today, Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters revealed she had Canadian citizenship. Both Senators have been forced to resign from the Senate as they had unwittingly violated Section 44(i)… Read More »Two Greens Senators resign from Senate. Obamacare repeal attempt likely to fail
The only surprising factor in the stories regarding Joe Bullock, who held the number one position on the ALP Senate ticket at Saturday’s Western Australian Senate byelection, was that they took so long to break into wide circulation. Bullock, who was elected to the… Read More »The ALP becomes its own worst enemy in WA Senate shambles
The 100 United States senators who are jurors in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump have taken a special oath in order to take part in that proceeding. As they enter the active phase of the trial on Tuesday,… Read More »Impeachment trial senators swear an oath aimed at guarding ‘against malice, falsehood, and evasion’
The Senate will soon vote on whether to call witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. This vote could be 50-50. If a tie occurs, Chief Justice John Roberts can cast a vote to break the tie, based on a… Read More »The Senate has actually tied in an impeachment trial – twice
The Department of Justice has notified three U.S. senators – Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., James Inhofe, R-Okla. and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. – that it is closing its investigation into insider trading allegations without any charges. The move to close these three investigations into… Read More »DOJ drops investigation into three senators for insider trading; Burr probe continues
In the wake of comments about the Christchurch massacre, members of the public have raised the question of whether a senator can be expelled from the Senate for making offensive statements. It is now well known that members of parliament… Read More »Can a senator be expelled from the federal parliament for offensive statements?
At a double-dissolution election, each state will elect 12 senators, while the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory will each elect two. Following the Turnbull government’s recent changes, Australia has new rules for electing senators. How will they work in practise?… Read More »Election explainer: how does the Senate count work?
Editor’s Note: The House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump and voted to notify the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, is known as a master of the Senate’s rules, and has been raising campaign donations with ads touting the power he would… Read More »Impeachment comes to the Senate – 5 questions answered
Several Republican senators have taken a “vow of silence” on the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. Maine Senator Susan Collins has described her position this way: “I am very likely to be a juror so to make a predetermined… Read More »Senators’ silence suggests they may be taking their impeachment trial duty seriously