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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.
Glenn Lazarus and former MP Pauline Hanson are competing for every PUP vote to win a Queensland Senate seat. Mick Tsikas/Dan Peled/AAP

700,000 Palmer United Party votes up for grabs: who’ll win them this time?

One in 20 Australians voted for the Palmer United Party in 2013. Their votes will be crucial again – especially in Queensland, where ex-PUP senator Glenn Lazarus could be replaced by Pauline Hanson.
Former Liberal leader John Hewson predicts that Malcolm Turnbull is on track to be returned as Prime Minister of Australia. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull’s election to lose

Most voters suspect that whoever wins government, they will soon declare that “the economy is not as strong as we had hoped or been led to believe” – and that promises will need to be broken.
Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras and Pablo Iglesias of Podemos have taken their populist parties to victory in Greece and a lead in the polls in Spain. Flickr/Fanis Xouryas

Populism and democracy: friend or foe? Rising stars deepen dilemma

The rise of left-wing populism challenges those who flatly denounced right-wing populism as undemocratic. Populism can appear as a democratic force in some contexts and anti-democratic in others.
Tony Abbott’s latest “Captain’s call” comes as the government commits more troops to Iraq. Lukas Coch/AAP

ADF pay deal sets dangerous precedent

Tony Abbott's decision to grant the defence forces a 2% pay rise could come back to bite him as the public service sees a double standard.
Senator Jacqui Lambie has further complicated an already difficult Senate. AAP/Alan Porritt

Palmer bitten as PUP senator breaks the chain

The full ramifications of Jacqui Lambie’s decision to leave the PUP kennel to sit as an independent won’t be clear for some time. Obviously, however, it is a major blow to Clive Palmer’s power. It further…

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