What does a formal ballot look like after the government’s Senate voting changes?
What do Australians need to know when they go to vote for their senators in this year’s federal election?
Battleground: the partisan tenor of Supreme Court reflects more a divisive Senate.
You're not imagining it: the Supreme Court has gotten more polarized politically than in years past, thanks to fewer moderates in the Senate.
Victoria will be a key state for Malcolm Turnbull to make gains in if he is to win the election, and win well.
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With internal party ructions and an unco-operative Senate to manage, Malcolm Turnbull needs a convincing election win to be able to govern as he wants to.
‘As president, I will repeal every word of Obamacare,’ Ted Cruz proclaimed during the Feburary 25 GOP debate.
The leading GOP candidates all claim one of their top priorities will be to repeal Obamacare. An architect of the original law outlines the thorny – but plausible – path to repeal.
The High Court is unlikely to be sympathetic to claims of discrimination against the microparties in the proposed Senate reforms.
A suggested constitutional challenge to the Senate reforms through the High Court is unlikely to succeed.
Bill Shorten hopes Pat Dodson’s presence in the Senate will help on the debate over constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Pat Dodson, the father of reconciliation, is set to become a Labor senator for Western Australia following Joe Bullock’s surprise announcement that he is quitting.
So far, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has refused to endorse a candidate.
Neither Democratic candidate for president has gotten the endorsement of Massachusetts' junior senator. Here's a look at Elizabeth Warren's long game playbook.
Former AEC official Michael Maley has argued that optional preferential voting should apply to below the line Senate votes.
A former official of the Australian Electoral Commission, Michael Maley, has attacked the government's planned reform of Senate voting as internally inconsistent.
Who will join their ranks now – and when?
The last time a president nominated a Supreme Court justice during his last year in office was in the tumultuous year of 1968. It didn't go well.
Ricky Muir makes up his mind based on how he thinks the proposed policy will affect ordinary Australians like himself.
Australia’s political system would be better off with more ordinary people and fewer career party politicians in the Senate. It would thus be more representative of ordinary Australians, not less.
The government’s changes to the Senate voting system will almost certainly pass with the support of the Greens and Nick Xenophon.
What are the government's proposed changes to the way the Senate is elected? And how will they affect us as voters?
Senate elections can give parties other than Labor, Liberal and National a chance of winning a seat.
Those who do understand the Senate voting system have the potential to wield some influence both in its conduct and in debates about how it might be reformed.
Ricky Muir, who entered the Senate with 0.51% of the vote in Victoria, delivering his maiden speech in March 2015.
While the government boasts about engaging the community on the tax issue, it has avoided public debate as it seeks to muster the numbers for voting changes that would have sweeping implications for the…
Obama has some difficult steps to climb to appoint a justice to replace Antonin Scalia.
There are just four steps to appointing a Supreme Court justice -- but that's not to say it's going to be an easy process for Obama.
Are today’s politicians more cynical and power-hungry than their predecessors?
Governing was not meant to be easy. It never has been either.
You don’t have to work in a paddock to have a valid opinion on animal welfare.
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With animal welfare issues routinely handled by Senate committees with strong links to agriculture, how can we ensure that those outside the industry are being properly listened to?
Control of preferences for electing the Senate has switched almost entirely to the party organisations.
Reform to how Australia's Senate is elected should happen – but only if it genuinely strengthens voters’ rights.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, accompanied by his wife Lucy, greet people as they walk along Oxford Street.
The polling sends a strong message: Malcolm Turnbull starts his prime ministership with people wanting to think the best of him. Essential has found people believe Turnbull is intelligent (81%), hardworking…
‘Not the best person to liaise with us’: senator David Leyonhjelm on new government Senate leader George Brandis.
An important element in the success of Malcolm Turnbull’s government will be how effectively it handles the Senate. Some crossbench senators have greeted the arrival of Turnbull enthusiastically, contrasting…
Labor says it will move a motion in the Senate this week for a message to be sent to the Governor-General, requesting he dismiss Dyson Heydon as royal commissioner.
Given the Governor-General usually acts on the advice of the government and its ministers, an address from the Senate on Dyson Heydon is unlikely to have any effect.