Joint sittings of federal parliament are rare, usually only taking place for addresses by foreign leaders.
Now that we have had the double-dissolution election, the next step is for the government to attempt to pass the industrial relations bills through the House of Representatives and Senate again.
There is a clear disparity between the support of a party, in terms of popular vote, and parliamentary seats won.
Since 1949, most of Australia's governments received less than half of all primary votes cast, with some as low as 40%.
Labor’s better-than-expected performance has left a lot of seats still too close to call.
It may be several days, or even longer, before we know the shape of our next government, but the business of government will carry on as usual.
For Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition, this was a bad result.
After counting into the early hours of Sunday morning, the Australian Electoral Commission currently has Labor leading in 72 of the 150 seats, with the Coalition ahead in 66.
Several seats remain undecided across the country.
How did the numbers of election 2016 fall across the country? And what seats are still in play?
Malcolm Turnbull is facing many of the same obstacles as James Scullin but in a less extreme form.
James Scullin’s prime ministership was ultimately cut short because, in the face of a great economic crisis, he did not appear to have a coherent plan.
The best way to ensure your vote contributes as much as it can to the election of senators is to number as many squares as you can.
Following the Turnbull government’s recent changes, Australia has new rules for electing senators. How will they work in practise?
Solomon MP Natasha Griggs holds one of the most marginal Coalition seats, so will be hoping for more prime ministerial visits – with funding attached.
Territorians will go to the polls for the next Northern Territory election only eight weeks after the July 2 election – blurring the lines between local controversies and how people vote federally.
Glenn Lazarus and former MP Pauline Hanson are competing for every PUP vote to win a Queensland Senate seat.
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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.
Bill Shorten revisited his PR triumph of ten years earlier in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, early in the 2016 campaign.
All three Tasmanian Liberal-held House of Representatives seats – Bass, Lyons and Braddon – will be critical to the election result.
Australia uses a method known as preferential voting to elect the House of Representatives.
At federal elections, voters must cast a preference for all candidates in their lower house seat. Failure to do so, or failure to give an ordinal list of preferences, renders the ballot informal.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is travelling well to get a Senate seat, based on poll numbers.
Many people do not yet understand the new Senate voting rules, meaning many votes could be wasted at the upcoming federal election.
Nick Xenophon, the South Australian 'vote magnet', is making both the Coalition and Labor nervous.
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.
According to polling, Nick Xenophon and his team are on track to secure about three Senate spots.
The Senate reforms and a double-dissolution election means that it is difficult to predict who will be sitting in the upper house after July 2. But you can count on Nick Xenophon being there.
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…
Natalie Mast speaks with 'Poll Bludger' William Bowe about how the election campaign has gone so far and what the Senate might look like as a result of changes to the voting method.
Why does the number of members of Australia’s lower house fluctuate?
The number of members of the House of Representatives is variable. It is a result of a formula given in the Constitution.
Family First senator Bob Day unsuccessfully challenged the government’s changes to the way senators are elected.
The High Court regarded none of Bob Day’s arguments in his challenge to Senate voting reforms as having any merit.
Professor Allan Fels is calling for the Senate to reopen its inquiry into compensation for underpaid 7-Eleven workers.
7-Eleven’s decision to take charge of the compensation process for underpaid workers highlights the problems with voluntary commitments and underlines the need for increased legal accountability.