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Fixing the Senate

16 May 2014

Senate voting needs to be simpler and more transparent. Brian Costar talks to Peter Clarke about a plan to fix the system, and looks at the politics of the federal budget

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Over the line: Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party benefited from the current Senate voting system. Alan Porritt/AAP Image

Over the line: Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party benefited from the current Senate voting system. Alan Porritt/AAP Image



THE PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into the 2013 election is under way, and its report on the Senate voting system was released last week. In a highly charged political environment, the Australian Electoral Commission, and Australia’s voting system more generally, is under intense and not always disinterested scrutiny. Swinburne University of Technology political scientist Brian Costar talks to Inside Story’s podcast editor, Peter Clarke, about the issues. Also: the problems the government faces getting its budget through the Senate.

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Double-edged sword: voters in Perth in 1940, before proportional representation was introduced for the Senate. State Library of WA/Flickr

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