The new voting system was supposed to prevent senators being elected on very small percentages of the primary vote. So did Hercules Turnbull clean out the unrepresentative swill in the Augean stables? No.
Labor, Coalition: Take heed of the voters.
Be surprised but not totally gob-smacked if Malcolm Turnbull loses his seat of Wentworth at next Saturday's election – even if the Coalition wins.
Time and again, lobbyists defeat good reform or get special treatment.
We're getting a dud, outdated network that's slower and costlier.
It costs a lot of money to bring people to Australia. So why did Peter Dutton restrict his remarks to refugees?
Whenever Parliament looks at electoral matters, ideology and principle frequently trumped by self-interest.
I detest homophobic and racist comments, but making them criminal is not helpful.
The really telling point about the present system is voters do not choose "candidates" or potential senators they want.
A new survey shows the big end of town and the politicians they finance have pushed the case for high immigration, generally against the overall public interest.