.. and now it is time to turn out attention to the Senate

The ALP has a majority in the new House of Representatives, so Kevin Rudd is the new PM of Australia, but what about the Australia’s upper house, the Senate. For people on the left of Australian politics the Senate results are not nearly as good as the House of Representatives results.

The ABC is feeding the progressive Senate numbers into Antony Green’s Senate Calculator. Based on the calculations the numbers after Jul ’08 will be:

ALP

Lib/Nat

Greens

Other

NSW

3

3

0

0

Vic

3

3

0

0

QLD

3

3

0

0

SA

2

2

1

1#

WA

2

3

1

0

Tas

3

2

1

0

ACT

1

1

0

0

NT

1

1

0

0

Total

18

18

3

1

cont.

14

19

2

1*

after Jul ’08

32

37

5

2

# Nick Xenophon  * Family First

To get legislation passed the Senate the Rudd government will require the support of all the Greens, Nick Xenophon and Family First (or a Lib/Nat Senator must cross the floor, may be Barnaby Joyce)

Could we see Double Dissolutions?

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