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John Setka is battling attacks from all sides after union meeting recording leaks. AAP Image/Julian Smith

View from The Hill: Now the senators are taking on John Setka

Rogue construction union boss John Setka is already in fights with the Labor party and the ACTU leadership. Now he faces a battle with parliament. Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick is moving to refer…
Jacqui Lambie with Centre Alliance senators, who threw their support behind the government’s $158 billion income tax cuts, guaranteeing the package will become law. Sam Mooy/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the 46th parliament’s first week, and Jacqui Lambie

After a hectic first week for the new parliament, Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about Jacqui Lambie's role in helping pass the government's tax cuts, and a further cut to interest rates - now 1%.
Jacqui Lambie celebrates the passing of the $158 billion tax cuts with Centre Alliance senators. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: A kinder, gentler Senate - at least for now

The first week of the new parliament ends on a high for the government, with its $158 billion tax cut package passed, and the first stage of tax relief ready to flow in a week or so.
Jacqui Lambie is the last vital vote for the Morrison government if Labor refuses to pass its tax package intact on Thursday. Lukas Coch/AAP

View from The Hill: Jacqui Lambie plays the Harradine game

"Yet to arrive at a final position," Senator Jacqui Lambie presses the federal government to forgive Tasmania's housing debt in exchange for support of the government's tax cuts.
Independent senators like Derryn Hinch or a potentially re-elected Jacqui Lambie are likely to wield significant power with the next federal Labor government, according to analysis by the Australia Institute. Mick Tskias/AAP

Shorten would need non-Green crossbench to pass bills in Senate: Australia Institute

The Institute's analysis suggests that, at best, after next year's half-Senate election the ALP and Greens could have 38 senators – although more likely they would have 37.

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