The Senate Resumes

The Senate resumes this week for its first sittings in around 2 months. In order to squeeze in one more night at home, I catch the early morning direct flight to Canberra. This means catching a 5.20am flight. Even though I thankfully live quite close to the airport, it still means getting out of bed…

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First week of new Parliament

The first week of Parliament is over. It was a short week, just one day for the ceremonial opening and the Governor-General’s speech, and two days for any business of substance. My speech in response to the Governor-General is here for any that care to read it. There was one piece of legislation passed to…

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preference ebbs and flows

I doubt a day went by during the campaign when the Democrats didn’t warn about the prospect of the Liberals controlling at least half of the seats in the Senate. The Democrats (and clearly some of Labor’s) preferences were aimed at minimising the chances of that happening, by steering some preferences from the conservative side…

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Scrafton Inquiry – more lies uncovered

The 3rd full day of the campaign – or the 1st if you take it from the proroguing – unless you don’t count a Senate Committee hearing as an election campaign (which it isn’t) – in which case it hasn’t really started at all. I certainly didn’t expect to find myself sitting in Committee hearings…

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Senate sits, then stands up

John Howard has said at least one true thing so far – the Government does not control the Senate.I hope we can keep that way, but today showed nobody else controls the Senate either. After the Prime Minister cancelled the House of Reps sittings while leaving the senate to sit for two days, it became…

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