The departure of up to two crossbench senators and the uncertainty over who might replace them is giving the government fresh obstacles in their efforts to pass legislation.
Incoming Victorian senator Derryn Hinch has the potential to be an ally or an enemy to the government's agenda.
Like the proverbial phoenix, One Nation has again risen in Australian politics.
The Senate results suggest the Turnbull government will have to master the art of negotiation if it is to implement its policies.
Parliament gives Pauline Hanson a platform but also, for the first time, the opportunity for a seat at the table.
The election for the Senate hasn't ended well. To have four senators from One Nation in the upper house is worse than unfortunate.
How Pauline Hanson will use her influence in the Senate is unknown.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation has won four Senate seats – two, including Hanson's, in Queensland, one in NSW and one in Western Australia.
Five crossbench members of the House of Representatives will take their seats in the 45th parliament, including Bob Katter, Andrew Wilkie, and the Nick Xenophon Team’s Rebekha Sharkie.
After a slim victory, how the Coalition works with the crossbench MPs will prove important to the success and stability of the Turnbull government.
Bob Katter, leader of Katter’s Australian Party, said he had provided support ‘with no great enthusiasm’.
Crossbencher Bob Katter has given his support on supply and confidence to a Coalition government after a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Brisbane.
Since he took over as Nationals leader earlier this year Barnaby Joyce has played a tight team game.
Within the Coalition the only cheer is among the Nationals who could actually gain one in their numbers at an election where the government has lost a swag of seats.
Malcolm Turnbull said he remained ‘quietly confident, reasonably confident’ of forming a majority government.
Malcolm Turnbull has taken 'absolutely full responsibility' for his criticised election campaign, and declared the Coalition must rebuild public trust in itself on the issue of Medicare.
Malcolm Turnbull has inadvertently facilitated the re-entry to parliament of Pauline Hanson.
The irony of stridently warning people against voting for minor players and then, all charm, ringing those players when you personally might need their votes may be lost on Malcolm Turnbull.
Malcolm Turnbull continued to say he was ‘quietly confident’ the Coalition would reach a majority in its own right.
Malcolm Turnbull has slapped down the prospect of Tony Abbott returning to the ministry, as both he and Bill Shorten talk to crossbenchers who could determine their fate in a hung parliament.
Nick Xenophon and NXT candidate for the seat of Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie, at a meeting in the Adelaide Hills.
The Nick Xenophon Team is to this election what the Palmer United Party was to the 2013 one. It is potentially the 'next big new thing' in the Senate.
Newspoll is showing a rise to 15% in support for ‘others’ – independents and parties other than the major parties and the Greens.
One-third of people believe the next Senate should have more or the same number of crossbenchers, according to polling done for the Australia Institute.
Nick Xenophon, an absolute vote magnet, appears likely to get at least three senators including himself.
For those who might feel this election campaign will never end, it is worth revisiting why the voters are enduring eight weeks rather than the normal five. Calling a double dissolution – the specific circumstances…
Governor-General Peter Cosgrove addressed both houses of parliament in the Senate chamber.
When the politicians arrived in Canberra for their special parliamentary session, it was obvious everyone wanted to do what was necessary for a July 2 election, and do it quickly. Instead of taking weeks…
The government failed to get enough support from the crossbench to resurrect the ABCC.
Australians will go to a double-dissolution election on July 2 after the Senate voted 36-34 on Monday night to defeat the government's legislation to resurrect the ABCC.
Michaelia Cash is in the fortunate position that whatever happens to the industrial legislation, she won’t look bad.
Malcolm Turnbull says bluntly that he expects the coming special Senate sitting to reject the industrial relations legislation. Labor's Penny Wong indicates the opposition won't try to delay the bills.
The Clive Palmer story is one of the most remarkable in recent federal politics.
In his typical blustering manner, Clive Palmer, having refused every attempt to persuade him to participate in Monday’s ABC Four Corners – an expose of his controversial business affairs and overbearing…
As Labor nosed ahead of the government in the latest Newspoll, Michelle Grattan tells Stephen Parker this won't necessarily translate into an election loss for the Coalition.
Senators will return to Canberra later this month with the expectation that they will give final consideration to the government's industrial relations legislation.