/ 21 June 2022

The Senate results are in

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Following a big campaign costing millions, Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party has won a seat in the Federal Parliament. The Electoral Commission has given the green light to former real estate agent/conspiracy theorist Ralph Babet for the final Senate spot in Victoria, taking it from ​​Liberal Greg Mirabella. Results for Western Oz and NSW are also through yesterday. Long story short, the Coalition is down 5 seats, but it still has the most in the 76-strong Senate with 32, followed by 26 for Labor, 12 for the Greens. There are 2 each from One Nation (including Pauline Hanson) and the Jacqui Lambie Network, one for UAP and independent David Pocock. It means Labor will need the 12 Greens + one more to pass legislation. And the public service is bracing for a shakeup with departmental heads expected to be confirmed this week. #SquizShortcut

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