Arise, Queen Pauline of the parliament.
When the final results emerged on Thursday, the record shows the Coalition has 30 senators (down three), Labor has 26 (up one), the Greens have nine (the South Australian Robert Simms failed to get back so they are down one) – and the crossbench now numbers eleven, which is three more than the last parliament. That last parliament would be the one the Coalition complained was unmanageable.
More from Katharine Murphy at The Guardian, 4th August 2016
Brown told Guardian Australia that Holloway had contacted him about the plan a month ago, and that he responded: “I wouldn’t be part of it in any shape or form.”
“[Holloway’s] been around since the 1970s, but he has never been involved in the politics of the Greens much either as an office holder or a candidate,” he said.
“I wish him well, I think if he gets registered for the federal or state election – he won’t for the federal election, it’s too late – he will feed more preferences to the Greens. I’ve always said the more the merrier with political parties.”
By Paul Karp; more at The Guardian
In 2007, David Leyonhjelm, an agricultural consultant with a love of guns and finely hewn libertarian views, stood for Bennelong against then prime minister John Howard. As the candidate of the Liberty and Democracy Party (LDP), he came 12th in a field of 13. He won just 89 votes.
By Tim Colebatch; more at The Age