senate balance

Media Circus: Parliament Resumes Edition

The 45th Federal Parliament of Australia should be interesting. As in ancient curse/benison “interesting”.

But as the Canberra politicians put on their solemnest faces today, the world keeps turning: what news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?

Media Circus: Palmergeddon edition

This morning the Murdoch Media is full of grotesque caricatures of Clive Palmer focussing on his fat (wow, whodathunkit?) while trumpeting FUD about “chaos” in parliament because one vote on one bill in the Senate has not gone the government’s way. That spinaround didn’t take long, did it?

Palmer’s pursuit of populism has worked in the national interest for this brief moment.

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?

Steve Fielding wants a new election too

Of course he’s not acknowledging that potentially providing multiple Double-Dissolution triggers over the next 9 months is blatantly in his self-interest – he’s just lost his Senate seat in the last election – under the reduced quota in place in DD elections, he stands a good chance of winning it back.

Senate balance

We already knew from the last few years and the introduction of Workchoices and more how having a Government majority in the Senate leads to an undemocratic failure of the Upper House’s role as a House Of Review. Now we… Read More ›

Confused by the Senate stuff?

Some excellent work: GetUp’s simple guide to Senate preference flows. It’s worth digging around the GetUp site for their various election guides – they have heaps of material looking at single issues, big pictures, voting records and more. I imagine… Read More ›

Timing is everything

The Greens candidate for a Senate seat for the ACT, Kerrie Tucker, turned a late train to her advantage, (she had meant to have her announcement and the train’s arrival coincide), emphasising how the delay supported the Greens argument for… Read More ›

Pass it on

The GetUp! Save Our Senate 3-party ad is now on YouTube. The funding for free-to-air broadcast is limited, so the more people who see it the better.