Tim Lester Steve Fielding's eccentric political career could end at next month's federal election, yet the senator has spent five vital days of the campaign on secret missions in southern Afghanistan.
Melissa Fyfe It was 90 seconds before emotion got the better of John Madigan. Mid-speech he broke down, overwhelmed by his improbable victory.
Yuko Narushima STEVE FIELDING says he could be convinced to support the revised mining tax but would not be bullied into rushing it through to please the Treasurer.
Jacob Saulwick NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT AN INQUIRY into donations to political parties, agreed to as part of the government's deal with the independents and Greens, is likely to consider bans on corporate and union donations.
Katharine Murphy Wayne Swan says the tax summit pushed by the independents may discuss his mining tax legislation after Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott insisted the issue get a public airing.
Tom Arup, Katharine Murphy and Michelle Grattan The first cracks have appeared in the Gillard government's alliance with the crossbench MPs, with the Greens signalling they may side with the Coalition on some issues.
Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan wants Labor's mining tax legislation drafted as quickly as possible, rather than delay it until the second half of 2011 when a more compliant Senate is in place.
A key independent MP already appears to be at odds with federal Labor, less than 24 hours after it secured his support for Australia's first minority government in 70 years.
Erik Jensen Bob Katter might like sugar but he's not sure about poofs. He likes big hats and bananas, too. But maybe not gays. Or bats.
Tim Colebatch and Barney Zwartz Ballarat blacksmith John Madigan has taken an iron grip on Victoria's last Senate seat, and appears set to become the first Democratic Labor Party senator in 36 years.
Thomas Hunter Steve Fielding's hopes of hanging onto his Victorian senate seat are fading as counting for the sixth and final Victorian senate seat continues, says a leading election analyst.
Mark Davis A Labor minority government would consider backing a Greens push to stamp out the so-called 'secret preference deals' in the Senate.
Jacob Saulwick Senator Steve Fielding could yet be returned to Parliament.
Adam Bandt Being the only Green in the house is leading to plenty of attention, Adam Bandt writes.
Tim Colebatch The Coalition has won the seat of Brisbane, leaving the two sides deadlocked at 72 seats each, with six crossbenchers holding the balance of power.
Phillip Coorey The Coalition has slapped down a threat by the family First Senator, Steve Fielding, to try to cripple a Labor government, by refusing to endorse him in blocking supply.
Maverick independent Senator, Steve Fielding, has thrown another obstacle into the confusing talks to form a minority government.
Tim Colebatch, Canberra Senate is set to move sharply to the left, with the Greens winning a Senate seat in every state, and Labor taking a Coalition seat in Tasmania.
David Humphries WHILE the Greens surprised few by securing the balance of power in the Senate, the magnitude of their coming of age was unexpected even among party optimists.
Tim Colebatch, Canberra Victoria's sixth Senate seat will come down to three-way battle between Senator Julian McGauran of the Liberals, Senator Fielding from Family First, and the DLP candidate, Ballarat blacksmith John...