View from the crossbench: Cathy McGowan and Rebekha Sharkie on the role of community candidates.
McGowan and Sharkie have given the government their confidence until the Wentworth byelection - after which they will consult with their electorates.
Centre Alliance candidate Rebekha Sharkie is polling strongly ahead of next weekend’s byelection in the South Australian seat of Mayo.
With just over a week until the Super Saturday byelections, there is great interest in each of the five seats in play, including Mayo in South Australia.
Liberal candidate Georgina Downer, Greens candidate Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner, Centre Alliance candidate Rebekha Sharkie and Labor candidate Reg Coutts at the Mayo candidates forum.
It’s very hard for a crossbencher to get into the House of Representatives. But when they do, these small players can be difficult to blast out.
Mathias Cormann congratulates new Senate arrival Amanda Stoker, who replaces George Brandis.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Jacqui Lambie has released a policy on lobbying that has become the starting point for negotiations on the issue.
Giving Australia’s lobbying laws teeth, and a sizeable regulatory jaw to occasionally brandish them, is a major step in the right direction.
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…