Senate

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In a democracy, voters should determine who is elected to Parliament. The Senate electoral system fails this test, writes George Williams.

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Of the many lessons the Coalition took from last year’s budget, the most lingering must surely be the importance of winning support from the Senate crossbench, writes Richard Holden.

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What will the NSW Premier be prepared to give away to secure the Upper House support of the Reverend Fred Nile, asks George Williams.

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Party 'rats' have no mandate from voters and should give up their seats rather than turn independent, writes George Williams.

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Former federal environment minister Professor Robert Hill will discuss policy responses to climate change in the inaugural Sir William Tyree Energy Lecture at UNSW on Thursday 23 October.

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When it comes to the federal government and the Senate, bluster has begotten bluster, writes Mark Rolfe.

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Western Australia’s Senate election re-run shows once again the need to reform the process by which senators are chosen, writes George Williams.

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Before the next federal poll, we must take a hard look at the basic features of our voting system, including the viability of casting electronic votes, writes George Williams. 

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The electoral system is not reflective of the will of the people, but there are three potential reforms, writes Fergal Davis. 

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Some media commentators are blaming the bizarre make-up of the Senate on uninformed voters, but new research paints a more complex and reassuring picture of the undecided voter, writes Edwina Throsby. 

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