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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. Lucas Coch/AAP

Explainer: who are the independents and minor parties in the lower house?

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’. Dan Peled/AAP

Katter backs Turnbull, as credit agency puts Australia on notice

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.
Malcolm Turnbull said he remained ‘quietly confident, reasonably confident’ of forming a majority government. David Moir/AAP

We must convince people we believe in Medicare: Turnbull

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 continued to say he was ‘quietly confident’ the Coalition would reach a majority in its own right. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull stands solid against returning Abbott to frontbench

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. Pat Hutchens/TC

Grattan on Friday: In Conversation with Nick Xenophon

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. Lukas Coch/AAP

Partisan divide over Senate crossbenchers

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. Julian Smith/AAP

Major parties have a lot to answer for in the drift to minor players

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. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull looks like a sprinter but is in a marathon

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…

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