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Craig Kelly - wearing a T-shirt with the face of Robert Menzies. on it - told the ABC he would not defect to the cross bench. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Malcolm Turnbull accuses his critics of “paranoia”

Malcolm Turnbull has struck back angrily at a report that he has been helping independent Kerryn Phelps, his successor in Wentworth, as chaos continues to fracture the Liberals.
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.