As deadlines loom large for Congress, is there any hope for avoiding gridlock? A political scientist examines one common, informal way members build relationships across the aisle.
The Senate has set up an inquiry into the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru and Manus Island, to report by late March next year.
The Turnbull government was caught out by not having any legislation for the Senate to consider.
The former KKK grand wizard from Louisiana is hopeful Trump supporters will turn out for his bid for U.S. Senate. Political scientists who have studied his career consider his chances.
As the government hints the marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017, calls intensify for the parliament to legislate on the issue instead. So what is parliament's role here?
The returned Turnbull government can now add arguably one of the most diverse and potentially volatile senates ever to be elected in Australia to its list of political problems.
The new Senate is representative of the wide range of views in Australia – and far more so than the House of Representatives.
The University of Canberra's Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
The Senate results suggest the Turnbull government will have to master the art of negotiation if it is to implement its policies.
The election for the Senate hasn't ended well. To have four senators from One Nation in the upper house is worse than unfortunate.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation has won four Senate seats – two, including Hanson's, in Queensland, one in NSW and one in Western Australia.
Trump's billionaire nominee for secretary of education has stirred up debate about the effectiveness of school choice. What does the research say? And, who is Betsy DeVos?
The new Senate vote capture system had to be built rapidly, with little time for design or testing, and is being operated in a way that allows only part of the process to be scrutinised.
One Nation candidate Rod Culleton could win Western Australia's final Senate position, but Section 44 of the Constitution suggests he is ineligible to take his seat.
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.
Since 1949, most of Australia's governments received less than half of all primary votes cast, with some as low as 40%.
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.
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.
How did the numbers of election 2016 fall across the country? And what seats are still in play?
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.